Once the final two Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races completed we had a clearer idea of how the starting gate of 20 thoroughbred contenders would look. The last and final spot had gone to Chad Brown-trained Cloud Computing, who had earned 40 points and a chance to compete in the 143rd annual Kentucky Derby.
Unfortunately for Brown and Cloud Computing, the Gotham Stakes (G3) runner-up and third-place finisher in the Wood Memorial Stakes (G3) has been taken out of contention for the Kentucky Derby and will instead be pointed towards the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1). Cloud Computing had earned 40 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby from his two top-three finishes in the Wood Memorial and Gotham Stakes.
Taking Cloud Computing’s spot will be Untrapped. Brown will still be represented in the Kentucky Derby by Practical Joke, who earned 90 points (ninth-most). Untrapped is trained by Steve Asmussen, who will have two thoroughbreds competing in the Kentucky Derby (Hence being the other).
After breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs last November, Untrapped has three top-three finishes and one sixth-place finish in his last four races, all of which were graded stakes events. He was runner-up in the LeComte Stakes (G3) and the Risen Star Stakes (G3) in back-to-back showings. He followed that up with a third-place finish in the Rebel Stakes, but he stumbled to a sixth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby. In six career starts, Untrapped has earned close to $260,000.