Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Firster Runs To Money, Rising Star Honors

No secret on the board as the betting public poured into him to the tune of $1.65-1 favoritism, I'm Very Busy (c, 2, Cloud Computing--Two Kisses, by Kissin Kris) was given the most confident of confident steers by Flavien Prat and finished like a freight train to garner the 'TDN Rising Star' badge on career debut in the Saturday opener from Saratoga. Taken hold of soon after the start, the $50,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling turned $135,000 OBS March breezer (:10 2/5) lagged back with just two rivals behind him for...

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Thursday Racing Insights: Pricey OBS Grads Debuting On Both Coasts

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency  6th-SAR, $88K, Msw, 2yo, (S), 6f, 3:55 p.m. ET    Ed & Susie Orr picked up Impressor (Classic Empire), bred by Chester & Mary Broman, for $335,000 out of April's OBS Sale following a breeze in :10 flat. Out of the GISP mare Misty Rosette (Stormin Fever), Impressor is a half-brother to six winners including Mr. Beer Goggles (Unbridled's Song) who earned nearly $300K. Misty Rosette is a full-sister to GSW Storm Wolf and a half-sister to none other than Littleprincessemma (Yankee Gentleman), who produced...

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Early Voting Gives Gun Runner First Classic Winner in Preakness

The story is a familiar one. Seth Klarman, Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz teaming up for a win with a lightly-raced colt in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. In 2017, the duo entered the Classic with a fresh horse, and played the spoiler when Cloud Computing (Maclean's Music) upended Classic Empire to take the GI Preakness S. Fast forward to 2022, history repeated itself with the same connections snagging Pimlico's marquee race with Early Voting (Gun Runner). The colt's victory also provided a well-deserved birthday gift for his...

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Early Voting Targets Preakness

Klaravich Stables' Early Voting (Gun Runner) is possible to make his next start in the May 21 GI Preakness S. at Pimlico, although trainer Chad Brown may opt to enter the GIII Withers S. winner Monday in the GI Kentucky Derby if there is a strategic defection. The four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer will be represented by Keeneland's GI Blue Grass S. winner Zandon (Upstart) at Churchill Downs for the Derby. "Right now the horse is still in New York preparing for the Preakness," Brown said of Early Voting. "If the...

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Who Will Be This Year's Leading Freshman Sire?

From a stellar class, which freshman sire will emerge on top? And what sire currently flying under the radar will be the year's biggest surprise? With the first 2-year-old sale of the season, OBS March, now in the books, we thought it would be a good time to ask the experts: JUSTIN CASSE Top pick: Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy--Leslie's Lady, by Tricky Creek). 2022 fee: $35,000, Coolmore America. "I saw some very athletic two-turn horses by Mendelssohn with size, scope, strength, and balance. They were very athletic types and they breezed...

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Sikura's Faith Rewarded by Grade I Exacta
Sikura's Faith Rewarded by Grade I Exacta

It is now a decade since John Sikura was walking through a Lexington steakhouse and glimpsed, on a screen over the bar, a bay colt coasting clear of his pursuers with sparks coming from his heels: :21.24, :43.48, 1:07.44. He was puzzled: it wasn't yet the weekend, and he wasn't aware of any stakes being run that day. Seven lengths in a hand ride. Then they told him that this was just a maiden race out at Santa Anita. Sikura couldn't believe his ears. He wasn't alone: a 114 Beyer...

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Kentucky Sires for 2021, First Yearlings: Part II

Thursday, Chris McGrath covered the first half of the Kentucky stallions with first yearlings. Click here to read about Justify, City of Light, West Coast, Mendelssohn, Good Magic, Bolt d'Oro, and Always Dreaming. The second part appears below. ACCELERATE (Lookin At Lucky--Issues, by Awesome Again) has also been trimmed to $17,500, at Lane's End, having already been our "gold" value pick of the intake at an opening $20,000. Whatever made him attractive then has scarcely diminished in the meantime, given that he was never going to appeal to those fast-buck...

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Cloud Computing Sires First Foal

GI Preakness S. victor Cloud Computing (Maclean's Music) sired his first foal, a colt born Jan. 9 at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in New York. Bred by Howard Nolan Jr., the dark bay colt is out of the young Girolamo mare Best Manners, whose dam is three-time black type winner India Halo (Arg).

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