Long Shot 'Cloud Computing' Wins Preakness In Huge Upset

Up next in horse racing's Triple Crown is the Preakness, with Always Dreaming looking to win his fifth straight race and move one step closer to history. No one passes the Derby when they can get in the field, but Brown was practical enough to understand that his horse would have been a rank outsider in the Derby field and was an unlikely victor. Brown indicated that it has not been determined whether Cloud Computing will race.

"I feel like it's been a lifetime for me, really", he said.

Trainer Chad Brown earned his 1st victory in a Triple Crown race.

They are called new shooters, gunslingers who didn't compete in the Kentucky Derby on the Triple Crown trail and want to fire a round at those who did. The most recent was American Pharoah in 2015 ending a drought that had lasted since 1978 when Affirmed swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

Cloud Computing's win ended Always Dreaming's bid to become the thirty-sixth horse to complete the Derby-Preakness double.

Always Dreaming started backing up when challenged and finished in eighth, beaten 14 lengths. And triumphed. Classic Empire led out strongly and held off another nag named Always Dreaming that recently won the Kentucky Derby. "It's really special for us", Castellano said. Last November, when the Japanese-based Nuovo Record competed in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita, Japanese bettors wagered more than $7.5 million on the race, despite the fact that it went off at 4:43 a.m. on a Sunday in Japan.

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.

Cloud Computing is just the third victor in the 142-year history of the Preakness not to run as a 2-year-old.

Oh, and one more thing, Always Dreaming's Preakness showing was the worst by a Kentucky Derby victor since Super Saver also ran eighth in 2010. "Just by his physical makeup, I think that he's a horse that hopefully can continue to even get better than he already is". With a cleaner trip in the Preakness, Classic Empire could pose a serious threat to Always Dreaming.

After Cloud Computing ran third in the Wood Memorial, Brown and the owners decided the colt would benefit from skipping the Derby.

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

Classic Empire, who was fourth in the Derby after a bumpy start over the sloppy Churchill Downs track, looked primed to make amends when he pulled away midway around the final turn.

"I grew up three blocks from here, was a big fan of racing from a kid". "Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are two outstanding horses; our strategy was, if we are ever going to beat them, let's take them on two weeks rest when we have six". Senior Investment, victor of Keeneland's Lexington Stakes and trained by Lexington's Kenny McPeek, finished third and paid $10.20 to show. The time for patience was over, and, recognizing the opportunity, Brown sent him to the Preakness.

The final race in the Triple Crown series, the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, will be held June 10 in NY.

"Always Dreaming hasn't had many obstacles to face", said Corey Lanerie, who will ride Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee.

Cloud Computing's connection made it clear all along that they were eyeing the Preakness.

It also marked a happy homecoming for Baltimore native Seth Klarman, president of the Baupost Group, who owns the horse along with Meridan Capital Partners CEO William Lawrence. Casse's ideal scenario involves Always Dreaming and Conquest Mo Money dueling in the early stages.

NOTES: Lookin At Lee, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby as a 33-1 long shot, finished fourth.

  • Leroy Wright