Cloud Computing May Be More Likely For Preakness Than Kentucky Derby

by | 04.17.2017 | 6:01pm
Cloud Computing, far left, was most recently third in the Wood Memorial

Seth Klarman and William Lawrence's Cloud Computing, most recently third in the G2 Wood Memorial, may possibly skip the Kentucky Derby according to The 3-year-old son of Maclean's Music possesses 40 points, placing him currently 20th on the leaderboard (pending a late nomination of Conquest Mo Money, which would knock Cloud Computing out of the Top 20).

The horses in positions 21-24 on the leaderboard are all interested in entering the Kentucky Derby, according to their connections (Untrapped, Lookin at Lee, Sonneteer, Royal Mo).

“The horse looks great, but he is lightly raced,” said trainer Chad Brown. “We haven't made a final decision yet, but we're leaning towards passing and pointing to the Preakness or even a summertime campaign. We'll see what he's ready for right now.”

Cloud Computing will work for the first time since the Wood this weekend, as will Klarman and Lawrence's other Derby prospect, Practical Joke.


  • disqus_VDMOBiuPfw

    I hope he goes, I like him better than the ones after him and he did just as well if not better than those.

    • Al Milano

      Did you watch Sonneteer close in the Ark Derby? If not, go back and replay the race. He was moving a ton faster than the horses in front of him and would have killed them on a track with a homestretch.

  • erubin

    Near impossible to close on Wood day. He ran very well considering. He’s as good as any of the derby hopefuls IMO.

    • Whynotwest

      I agree. Just not sure he wants the distance.

      • erubin

        Think he’ll handle it as well as any other. My fear is the lack of experience.

  • Richard C

    A nice summertime campaign can be built around the (unofficial) Midwest Triple Crown — Ohio Derby (June 24), Indiana Derby (July 15), West Virginia Derby (August 5).

  • Al Milano

    Brown’s got a legitimate contender in Practical Joke….should concentrate on him. His number on Blue Grass Day was one of the best of the contenders in all prep races and he was closing into a Keeneland speed bias that was hard to beat on opening weekend. Well trained and courageous, makes his own racetrack. In a different category than Cloud Computing.

  • Matthew Fitch

    This is a young trainer, who’s stated ambition is to win a Derby, putting his horse first. There is a reason Brown is enjoying success so quickly, and will likely be a leading trainer for decades.

  • disqus_wZUB6w9ANy

    Did not like the number of times the jockey gave him the whip in the Wood, at all!

  • Ruffian31

    I say good for his connections. The Preakness may turn out to be a better race if everyone that’s thinking about the Preakness actually goes.

  • Smitty

    What about the Peter Pan,

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