The 143 Kentucky Derby is restricted to only 20 Kentucky Derby runners and will run on Saturday, May 6, 2017, for the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Here is the latest look at Cloud Computing, one of the contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby to be run at Churchill Downs.
Owners: Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Chad Brown
Pedigree: Maclean's Music – Quick Temper, by A.P. Indy
Last Race Result: 3rd Place, Wood Memorial Stakes, 4/8/17
Cloud Computing is a really tough sell to bet on right now. He's a horse who is floating right around the bubble for the Kentucky Derby, and he's in the clubhouse and finished racing. There's a good chance that 40 points is going to be enough for Chad Brown's three-year old to head to Churchill Downs, but with a win in just a maiden race and decaying results, it's hard to find a good reason to bet on him. That's why the price of 40 to 1 isn't worth wagering on right now, though if he does actually reach the gate the first Saturday of May, that's probably what we'll see at the mutuels.
Cloud Computing probably isn't a bad pony, but he probably isn't one you want to be wagering your life savings on at the Kentucky Derby either. He's run just three races in his career, all of which have been at Aqueduct Racetrack, and he has had sloppier and sloppier results each time.
In his maiden race, Cloud Computing came from off the pace to ultimately hold up as the favorite, beating a poor field with some slick moves down the stretch. In his second race at the Gotham Stakes, he was an 8 to 1 choice and finished second best to J Boys Echo.
Most of the field at Aqueduct tapered out after that and headed elsewhere, but Cloud Computing stayed in the Big Apple and tried his hand at the Wood Memorial, a race that has been losing stature every year and is all of a sudden down to a Grade 2 race with less than a $1 million purse. Cloud Computing was never a factor in the race. He was a late starter who didn't get off to a good start and never had the push at the end to be a factor against either Irish War Cry or Battalion Runner, both of whom feel like they're significantly better horses.
We're also not all that sure about Cloud Computing's workouts. He's had a couple good ones in his history, breezing four furlongs in 48 and 1 at Belmont Park in February and five furlongs in 1:00 and 3 in March. Though those numbers are good, they aren't out of this world, and there are others who have put up better efforts and have had better results as well.
So how does Cloud Computing ultimately win the Kentucky Derby? He's going to have to be positioned more towards the middle of the pack instead of at the back, because we already know that he's not going to be able to make a charge against some of these other late-charging horses, nor will he probably have it in him to clear coming back from 15 lengths down against much of anyone. Is it doable? We suppose. But it takes an imagination to see how a colt without the pedigree or the results can ultimately go from the outhouse to the biggest penthouse in the Sport of Kings.
With a maximum of 20 horses accepted into the Kentucky Derby field, there is a significant vetting process to qualify the horses among this group of three-year olds. A points system is in place to reward winners and other top finishers of the main races leading into the Derby. The Top 20 horses will get the first opportunity to run in the Kentucky Derby, though as horses bow out of the process, the next ones in the standings are given their chances until the field of 20 is set.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby wraps up the second week of April, thus ending a grueling stretch of eight months of qualifying for the top colts in the world. The field won't be finalized until the Kentucky Derby post draw on Wednesday, May 3.
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Below are some of the contenders that will possibly run the day of the race. There are 20 Derby Contenders for the race but these are the most likely ones will be confirmed a place at the event.
|Rank||Horse||Points||Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings||Graded Stakes Earnings||Breeder||Trainer||Owner|
|1||Girvin||150||$840,000||$840,000||Bob Austin & John Witte||Joe Sharp||Brad Grady|
|2||Gormley||125||$884,000||$884,000||Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate||John Shirreffs||Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.|
|3||Irish War Cry||110||$676,660||$616,660||Isabelle de Tomaso||H. Motion||Isabelle de Tomaso|
|4||Irap||108||$760,000||$738,000||Aaron & Marie Jones||Doug O'Neill||Reddam Racing LLC|
|5||Always Dreaming||100||$589,000||$589,000||Santa Rosa Partners||Todd Pletcher||St Elias, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boys, MEB Stables|
|6||Gunnevera||84||$1,137,800||$1,134,200||Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch||Antonio Sano||Peacock Racing Stables, LLC|
|7||Practical Joke||74||$966,000||$966,000||Whispering Oaks||Chad Brown||Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.|
|8||J Boys Echo||63||$305,000||$305,000||Betz, Blackburn, J. Betz, Ramsby, CNHHNK||Dale Romans||Albaugh Family Stables LLC|
|9||State of Honor||62||$310,364||$280,000||Manfred Conrad & Penny Conrad||Mark Casse||Conrad Farms|
|10||Mastery||60||$480,000||$480,000||Stone Farm||Bob Baffert||Cheyenne Stables LLC|
|11||Tapwrit||54||$325,570||$280,000||My Meadowview LLC||Todd Pletcher||Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and LaPenta, Robert V.|
|12||Epicharis (JPN)||50||$753,381||$400,000||Masatsugu Kamada||Kiyoshi Hagiwara||Carrot Farm|
|13||Malagacy||50||$540,000||$540,000||John Trumbulovic||Todd Pletcher||Sumaya U.S. Stable|
|14||McCraken||40||$385,048||$335,320||Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC||Ian Wilkes||Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC|
|15||Battle of Midway||40||$224,000||$224,000||Thor-Bred Stables, LLC||Jerry Hollendorfer||Fox Hill Farms, Inc.|
|16||Patch||40||$200,000||$200,000||Calumet Farm||Todd Pletcher||Calumet Farm|
|17||Battalion Runner||40||$140,000||$140,000||Dell Ridge Farm, LLC||Todd Pletcher||St. Elias Stable|
|18||Cloud Computing||40||$135,000||$135,000||Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc & Stretch Run Ventures, LLC||Chad Brown||Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.|
|19||Mont Saint Legame (JPN)||40||$0||$0||Kawashima Bokujo||Koji Maki||Shinichi Yamashita|
|20||Untrapped||34||$210,000||$210,000||Indian Creek & Jonathan Sheppard||Steven Asmussen||Michael Langford|
|21||Classic Empire||32||$1,493,820||$1,493,820||Steven Nicholson & Brandi Nicholson||Mark Casse||John C. Oxley|
|22||El Areeb||30||$330,000||$270,000||Dixiana Farms LLC||Cathal Lynch||M M G Stables, LLC|
|23||Royal Mo||30||$213,000||$213,000||Brandywine Farm||John Shirreffs||Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.|
|24||Local Hero||30||$140,000||$140,000||Three Chimneys Farm LLC||Steven Asmussen||e Five Racing Thoroughbreds|
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