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Cloud Computing takes Preakness as Derby victor Always Dreaming fades

S Cloud Computing Wins The 142nd Preakness Stakes Cloud Computing Wins The 142nd Preakness Stakes Rob Carr Getty Images
Isaac Mcdaniel | 28 May, 2017, 06:36

Cloud Computing skipped the Kentucky Derby, while eventual victor Always Dreaming and Classic Empire mixed it up in the mud at Churchill Downs.

While the connections of Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming saw their dream end in the 142nd Preakness Stakes, a Baltimore guy who grew just a few blocks from Pimlico Race Course, had one come true.

Cloud Computing's win ended Always Dreaming's bid to become the thirty-sixth horse to complete the Derby-Preakness double. But when Cloud Computing made a charge, Classic Empire had nothing left to give. In the Preakness, Cloud Computing got a ideal three-hole trip and pulled off the 13-1 upset at Pimlico.

Cloud Computing, a 13-1 longshot, becomes the first Preakness victor to not win the Kentucky Derby since 2009.

Jockey Javier Castellano knew he had plenty of horse under him, and he took off after Classic Empire once that horse got past the tiring Always Dreaming. He was eighth, nearly 14 lengths behind the victor. "And it just seems like he's won every race but the Derby and Preakness, really I feel this is for him, at least from my viewpoint". The crowd of 140,327 and wagering total of $94,127,434 were records, bettering the marks set previous year.

And on Saturday, as if it were some supernatural reward for all of their patience and the desire to do the right thing for their horse, Cloud Computing posted a mild upset and captured Saturday's 142 running of the Preakness after an impressive stalking trip under Javier Castellano, running down... Brown indicated that it has not been determined whether Cloud Computing will race.

With two-thirds of the Triple Crown done, we're no closer than ever to determining the star of this year's 3-year-old crop. Senior Investment, a 31-1 shot, got through on the inside and edged Lookin At Lee by a half-length for third.

The win was the first Classic victory for trainer Chad Brown coming from his very first Preakness starter. He rode Bernardini to victory in the 2006 Preakness.

"My father was a jockey for 25 years, my uncle, my brother". If we win 20 percent of time, that's pretty good. "It's great for the family". "Classic Empire turned up the pressure in the middle of the turn and he didn't have a whole lot to offer".

Always Dreaming, the pre-race favorite with John Velazquez in the saddle, broke quickly from the gate and went to the rail.

Casse said he'd likely take blinkers off of Classic Empire for the Belmont. "And I was thinking about this in the winner's circle".

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Always Dreaming was the first to throw in the towel, surrendering the lead to Classic Empire midway around the final turn.

Trainer Todd Pletcher had no excuses for Always Dreaming after the race. We were in the position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround (from the Derby) was a little too quick. "He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day", said Pletcher. It was hit first loss in five starts this year. He'd won his first four by a combined 23ΒΌ lengths.

"Certainly, I won't dispute the fact that we brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy", Brown said.

When a horse gets the lead too easily, they think their job is over - remember horses are pack animals and don't like to be alone. "Down the backside, he just felt like he wasn't taking him there the same way he had taken him there in the Kentucky Derby and the Florida Derby and the other two races that he'd ridden him in".

As the Derby champ, Always Dreaming will have a bulls-eye on his back in a smaller field going a shorter distance than two weeks ago.

"The victor just came at us at the end".

"It just didn't work out in the Wood".

"You don't get a tremendous amount of variable", said Asmussen, who won the Belmont past year with Creator. He turns 60 on Sunday.

Klarman is "a long-term value investor". "I didn't even know who was coming; I really didn't care who was coming".

Klarman, also a Cornell graduate, and a Boston-based investment-firm honcho, had grown up "three blocks from here", in his telling, and had "started out as a teenager handicapping", and "enjoying the puzzle of trying to figure out who might win a race".


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