05/13/2017 1:26PM

Cloud Computing puts in work for Preakness before deluge

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Michael Amoruso
Cloud Computing ran second to J Boys Echo in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Before Mother Nature poured buckets of water on Long Island on Saturday morning, trainer Chad Brown was able to get in Cloud Computing’s last major workout before next Saturday’s 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

With steady rain falling at Belmont Park shortly after 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Cloud Computing worked a half-mile in 48.56 seconds over the training track that would be considered fast. Working by himself, Cloud Computing went in splits of 12.43 seconds for the opening eighth, 24.47 for the quarter, and got his final quarter in 24.09 without too much encouragement from exercise rider Peter Roman. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.69.

“The horse breezed well,” Brown said. “He went a good half, out five. I thought he did it real, real well. He’s moving sound and strong. I’m real happy with this horse. If he comes out of it in good shape, we’ll be on to Maryland.”

Cloud Computing, a son of Maclean’s Music owned by Seth Klarman and William Lawrence, has a win from three starts. That victory came going six furlongs over Aqueduct’s inner track on Feb. 11. He wheeled back three weeks later in the Grade 3 Gotham and ran a respectable second behind J Boys Echo after chasing a fairly hot pace. Cloud Computing then had a wide trip when the inside part of Aqueduct’s main track was the preferred spot when he finished third behind Irish War Cry and Battalion Runner in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial.

Cloud Computing did earn enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby, but Brown and his owners felt it was too much too soon for the horse. Cloud Computing needed a chip removed from a front ankle last summer, which is why he didn’t run at age 2.

“I feel very comfortable that we gave him the six weeks from the Wood,” Brown said. “I see a horse that’s really doing well.”

Javier Castellano will ride Cloud Computing in the Preakness. Brown said he anticipates shipping Cloud Computing to Baltimore on Tuesday.

Term of Art works

At Santa Anita on Saturday morning, Term of Art, one of the outsiders in the Preakness, worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 while outfitted in blinkers, which trainer Doug O'Neill said he will wear in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Term of Art has scored both of his wins in blinkers, but he has not worn them in his last three starts, including a seventh-place finish in his last start, the Santa Anita Derby.

On Saturday, with exercise rider Amir Cedeno up, Term of Art worked by himself.

"He worked great," O'Neill said. "The track was demanding – safe but slow. I'm very happy. We know he's a longshot, but he's doing well."

O'Neill said Term of Art would fly to Baltimore from California on Tuesday. He will be the only horse O'Neill has at Pimlico next weekend.

O'Neill won the Preakness in 2012 with I'll Have Another, his first Kentucky Derby winner. Last year, he finished third in the Preakness with Derby winner Nyquist.

Always Dreaming, the Derby winner, has been at Pimlico since last Tuesday and on Saturday galloped 1 1/4 miles on a sloppy, sealed track. The wet track forced the postponement of a scheduled work for Royal Mo, who traveled with Always Dreaming to Pimlico on Tuesday. He could work Sunday or wait until Monday.

Gunnevera, seventh in the Derby, was scheduled to arrive at Pimlico on Saturday after a van ride from Churchill Downs.

– additional reporting by Jay Privman