Cloud Computing & Javier Castellano: 5 Things To Know On Preakness Champions

He agreed with Brown to run Practical Joke in the Derby and hold over Cloud Computing for the Preakness.

It looked as if Classic Empire would go on to win, but Cloud Computing ran him down on the outside to give trainer Chad Brown his first win in a Triple Crown race. The record crowd of 140,327 roared at the anticipation of seeing a Preakness stretch duel reminiscent of Sunday Silence and Easy Goer in 1989. "Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are two outstanding horses and our strategy was, if we are ever going to beat them let's take them on two weeks' rest when we have six, and it worked".

Lookin At Lee is a closer who could come running late under Lanerie. Let's go at it.' My only disappointment was that Always Dreaming didn't carry him a little farther, because as we know he tends to wander a little bit, and he got to wandering. But just like horse racing always, it's never about one horse.

"Some of the reason that we won today was because we were patient and didn't throw an inexperienced horse against a 20-horse field in the Derby on a very hard track", winning co-owner Seth Klarman said. "So I was looking to find a way out, trying to get around tiring horses". Many people were banking on either Always Dreaming, who dominated the Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks ago, or Classic Empire to win on May 20.

Although Brown listed Cloud Computing as a possible starter for the Belmont Stakes on June 10, his comments seemed to suggest otherwise.

But the Preakness came to tell another story, and that involved Seth Klarman, who owns the colt with William Lawrence.

Jockey Javier Castellano rode Gunnevera in the Derby but opted to switch to Cloud Computing. He also rode Bernardini to victory in 2006.

Cloud Computing did not get the memo. Every other horse in the field had double-digit odds to win. For most of the stretch, they thought he had done that. For the majority of the two-minute race, Cloud Computing was trailing behind Always Dreaming and Classic Empire. Although there was a thunderstorm in Baltimore on Friday evening, the conditions at Pimlico weren't almost as bad, and with a smaller field, Classic Empire was expected to be Always Dreaming's biggest challenger.

Velazquez used his colt's speed out of the gate to get good position early in a chaotic start that saw several horses, including McCraken and Classic Empire, banged around. As Heather Dinich of ESPN reported, there was a noticeable lack of interest in the horse and trainer before the race, which could have been Pletcher's strategy for race day. And why didn't Classic Empire finish the job?

"It's becoming a little more respectable now", said Pletcher, whose 48 starters tied D. Wayne Lukas for the most in Derby history. Then, Super Saver finished eighth, while Lookin At Lucky won aboard a new jockey, Martin Garcia. With a ground-saving, ideal trip, Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby and then came into the Preakness as the favorite.

Always Dreaming weakened to eighth in the 10-horse field meaning there will be no Triple Crown victor this year.

Neither Velazquez nor Pletcher has won the Preakness. But, for reasons I still don't understand, those days are gone.

A Japanese-bred, Yoshida, won the $100,000 John W. Murphy Stakes, a mile run over turf for three-year olds, as he came from the back of the field in a 12-horse race and crossed he finish line four lengths in front of his nearest challenger, Chubby Star.

  • Julie Sanders