Cloud Computing takes Preakness Stakes in upset

Taylor Byrd
May 28, 2017

Most believed if it wasn't another happy day for Always Dreaming, it would be a statement day for Classic Empire, the two-year-old champion and Arkansas Derby victor, who did well to squeeze a fourth-place finish out of a bumper-car trip two weeks ago at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Mark Casse saidClassic Empire, who lost the Preakness by a head to the oncoming Cloud Computing after putting the early pressure on Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming, will run in the Belmont Stakes unless a reason develops not to go in the Triple Crown finale.

It took a furious run by 13-1 long shot Cloud Computing and jockey Javier Castellano down the stretch to pass Classic Empire just before the wire.

Workers paint the weather vane in the colors of Cloud Computing ridden by Javier Castellano after they won the 142nd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Baltimore.

However, Castellano unleashed Cloud Computing, who ran down his rival in the final strides to post a nose victory. And while naming a horse after a tech innovation may seem odd, there's a good explanation.

"I want to win it today", he said. "We made a great call". "We talked about it before the race and said if he was fourth or better he'd punch his ticket". "So I think that's actually why we're here today". Pletcher still couldn't give a definitive reason why Always Dreaming faded so badly to finish a disappointing eighth. The crowd of 140,327 and wagering total of $94,127,434 were records, bettering the marks set past year. Classic Empire had a frightful trip in the Kentucky Derby and he fired his best shot but could not hold off Javier Castellano and Cloud Computing.

Through the brief, three-race campaign of Cloud Computing, a colt out of Maclean's Music with Distorted Humor and A.P. Indy as grandsires, Brown had managed his way to his first triumph in a Triple Crown race after seven in Breeders' Cup races and the 2016 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.

"It has sunk in", the 38-year-old Brown said.

Ryan said it is gratifying that Klarman and Lawrence could have a horse win a Triple Crown race. He rode Bernardini to victory in the 2006 Preakness. But that has been the norm for a very long time, and let's not fool ourselves - it wasn't like the next three weeks were going to be a garden of human interest delights.

Julien Leparoux, aboard Classic Empire, was not willing to wait.

Classic Empire took command and appeared poised for a victorious run in deep stretch.

Cloud Computing leaves the winner's circle.

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

"We were in a position we expected to be", trainer Todd Pletcher said. "The only thing is, Always Dreaming backed out of the race early". He'd won his first four by a combined 23 1/4 lengths.

Trainer Chad Brown was even-keeled after the race, doling out credit to everyone who was a part of the horse's team. "It is spectacular and we feel very fortunate to have horses there". "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". He was unable to reproduce his Kentucky Derby effort when coming back in two weeks at Pimlico.

"The six weeks (break between the Wood and Preakness) was huge", the agent said.

"You could see he just got beat", Velazquez said. "As we know, he tends to wander a little bit, and he got to wandering". Senior Investment returned $10.20 and completed the $2 trifecta of $2,194.60. "We have a great communication together and I think that is the key to winning the race".

Klarman is "a long-term value investor". "He didn't seem to relish the track, but I don't really think that was it".

Klarman, who races as Klaravich Stables, is a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox.

The ownership duo also ran Practical Joke in the Kentucky Derby who produced a respectable fifth-place finish for the tandem. All of the dirt races before the Preakness were won by runners that were on the lead or close up.

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