Cloud Computing, winner of the Grade 1 Preakness in 2017 and fourth in his 2018 debut in the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, came out of that race with an ankle chip that will require surgery, Daily Racing Form has reported.
The 4-year-old son of Maclean's Music was sidelined with a similar injury last September.
“Hopefully, we'll give him another try later in the year,” trainer Chad Brown told Daily Racing Form. “It's disappointing. He's a horse we were excited to have a good year with; he was training really, really well going into the race.”
Owned by Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, Cloud Computing was the 11-10 favorite in the Westchester and was beaten two noses and a head in the one-turn mile race won by Tale of Silence.
It was his first race since an eighth-place finish behind West Coast in the G1 Travers last Aug. 26 at Saratoga. An ankle chip was subsequently discovered following a workout in September and surgically removed by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage. He returned to training at Palm Meadows in Florida last winter.
Cloud Computing won the Preakness by a head over 2016 champion juvenile Classic Empire. It was second career victory. Bred by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings and Stretch Run, Cloud Computing was a $200,000 purchase at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and won his career debut as a 3-year-old at Aqueduct in February 2017.
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