February 5, 2023

Cloud Computing, Girvin breeze for Travers

Cloud Computing is led to the winner's circle at Pimlico by owners William Lawrence and Seth Klarman, and trainer Chad Brown after winning the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday, May 20, 2017 (c) Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos

Preakness (G1) winner Cloud Computing and Haskell Invitational (G1) scorer Girvin both worked for next week’s $1.25 million Travers (G1) Saturday morning at Saratoga.

Under Javier Castellano, Cloud Computing worked five furlongs in 1:01.65 over the fast main track, but trainer Chad Brown will wait until Monday before officially confirming the colt’s participation in the “Midsummer Derby.”

“It went good,” Brown said. “I won’t make any decision yet until I talk to the owners. I’ll be sure about what I’m doing Monday, I’m going to give myself until Monday, I want to see how the horse comes out of the work, take time to talk to the owners, and think about it. He couldn’t have worked any better. I was very happy with the work, and Javier was pleased.”

“He felt great,” Castellano said. “I’m happy with the way he did it, the right way. [It was a] nice and easy work. We weren’t looking for anything more because we know he’s a good work horse. It was just something to maintain before he goes to the race

“[He was] nice and comfortable, relaxed,” he added. “He just sat steady and galloped out beautiful. I didn’t overdo it because today the goal was just to maintain.”

Under Robby Albarado, Girvin covered five furlongs in :59.98 over the Oklahoma training track while working in company with stakes winner Line Judge. It was the fastest of 11 works at the distance.

“He worked unbelievable today,” trainer Joe Sharp said. “He went in 59 and four and he out-worked Line Judge, who is no slouch and a stakes winner in his own right. He’s doing very well right now and was really moving out there.

“He’s always been a talented horse and his feet are great right now. I’m really happy with how he’s coming up to the race.”

Jim Dandy (G2) winner Good Samaritan is scheduled to work Sunday morning for the Travers, while Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Lookin At Lee, third last time in the West Virginia Derby (G3), is scheduled to work Monday.