The 142 Preakness Stakes is restricted to only 14 Preakness Stakes runners and will run on Saturday, May 20, 2017, for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Here is the latest look at Cloud Computing, one of the contenders for the 2017 Preakness Stakes to be run at Pimlico Race Course.
Owner: William Lawrence and Klaravich Stables, Inc.
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 15 to 1 longshot for the Preakness Stakes, easily the longest price he's ever had in his career. One of the biggest problems most handicappers are going to have with him is the fact that he hasn't really had much of a career. Cloud Computing is just three races into his thoroughbred days, and though his stats are impressive, he's never really been tested against a great field or one which has been that large. His longest price prior to this race was 8 to 1 at the Gotham Stakes, but he finished second that day and was predictably bumped up to the second choice at the Wood Memorial at 5 to 2.
Cloud Computing Preakness Stakes Analysis
This is definitely one of the most polarizing horses that we think we're going to see in any of the Triple Crown races. It's really hard to throw a definitive gauge on Cloud Computing. We know that he's a deep closer in a field that is going to be chock full of speed, but we also know that horses change their styles as time goes on in their careers from time to time, and having a brand new jockey – albeit a really good one – in Javier Castellano for the second leg of the Triple Crown could change things quite a bit.
In terms of value, few will argue that there's certainly plenty of that when it comes to Cloud Computing. He's one of the few horses in this field who has ever run a 100 Beyer Speed Rating (from his second place finish at the Gotham Stakes), and he's never had worse than a 90 Beyer in his career. Furthermore, he's a bit of a workout warrior. In his last two training sessions, Cloud Computing has blazed five furlongs in 1:00 and 1, and that came on the heels of going four furlongs in 48 and 2 at Belmont Park back in April.
The other thing to really point out in favor of Cloud Computing is that he's listed as the third best horse in this field per Prime Power, generally a good indication of at least how good a horse is, albeit not a definition as to how any horse would finish in any given race.
However, for every great factor you can think of regarding Cloud Computing, there are at least one or two other strikes that could go against him as well. Think about the fact that he's only raced three times in his career or the fact that he's going to be on his third jockey in his last three races or the fact that, in spite of the fact that he had enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby, he was held out of the race due to a, "lack of seasoning."
And then there's the bottom line: Cloud Computing has won just one race in his career in three tries, and nothing more than a maiden. Performing above average against short fields in suspect races in New York and never leaving the state in his career is what has us the most worried about Cloud Computing. He's going to be in new territory, running against a much better field and a much bigger field than he's ever seen, and he's doing so knowing that he didn't beat out either J Boys Echo in the Gotham Stakes or Irish War Cry in the Wood Memorial, and those two colts both finished in the back half of the field at the Kentucky Derby.
Still, there's enough here for sure to make you feel like Cloud Computing might be able to ultimately compete and win this race if the speed really takes over at the beginning for the others who will be out of the blocks faster, and again, that makes him ridiculously polarizing.
With a maximum of 14 horses accepted into the Preakness Stakes field, there is a significant vetting process to qualify the horses among this group of three-year olds. Horses which finish in the Top 5 at the Kentucky Derby are automatically eligible, while the remaining slots are awarded based on career earnings in both graded stakes races and restricted races.
The 142 Preakness Stakes field won't be finalized until the post draw occurs on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
|Always Dreaming||Brooklyn Boyz Stables, et al||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||Track Odds|
|Classic Empire||John C. Oxley||Mark Casse||Julien Leparoux||Track Odds|
|Cloud Computing||Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence||Chad Brown||Javier Castellano||Track Odds|
|Conquest Mo Money||Judge Lanier Racing||Miguel Hernandez||Jorge Carreno||Track Odds|
|Gunnevera||Peacock Racing Stables||Antonio Sano||Mike Smith||Track Odds|
|Hence||Calumet Farm||Steve Asmussen||Florent Geroux||Track Odds|
|Lookin at Lee||L and N Racing LLC||Steve Asmussen||Corey Lanerie||Track Odds|
|Multiplier||Gary Barber, et al||Brendan Walsh||Joel Rosario||Track Odds|
|Senior Investment||Fern Circle Stables||Ken McPeek||Channing Hill||Track Odds|
|Term of Art||Calumet Farm||Doug O'Neill||Jose Ortiz||Track Odds|
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