Preakness Stakes Predictions: Will Term of Art edge out Multiplier? 5/20/17

The race is expected to come down to two thoroughbreds: Always Dreaming and Classic Empire.

Cloud Computing is the fourth horse in 34 years to win the Preakness after not running in the Kentucky Derby.

The weather conditions should be ideal when the 10 horses in the Preakness field reach the starting gate at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore at 6:48 p.m. ET. Always Dreaming, victor of the Kentucky Derby, will look to break through and win the second leg of the Triple Crown. The 13-1 favorite paid a smooth $28 to win while a $1 trifecta paid just over $1,000.

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.

Classic Empire finished second followed by Senior Investment and Lookin at Lee.

Notes: Smarty Jones won the Preakness by a record 11 ½ lengths over second-place Rock Hard Ten.

For so long in the 142nd Preakness - more than a minute, even - the prospect of a Triple Crown still burned. He rode Bernardini to victory in the 2006 Preakness. He finished second to Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby, and he comes into the Preakness well-rested. Always Dreaming faded fast down the stretch and finished an unfortunate eighth place. He'd won his first four by a combined 23 1/4 lengths. Multiplier won the Illinis Derby at Hawthorne Race Course, edging out Hedge Fund late to win by a head for his second-straight victory. They think it's because he has been here all week and trainer Todd Pletcher has been interviewed every day. Unseasonably warm temperatures hit the Baltimore area and much of the East Coast in the week preceding the race, and that kind of heat could have sapped some of the horses in the 1 3⁄16-mile race. Lookin at Lee had a fine trip in that race, but he also had plenty of run down the stretch. If the front-runners come out too fast in the first six furlongs, they will nearly certainly lose that speed as the stretch runners hit their gear.

Conquest Mo Money, a 15-1 shot, has consistently run at or near the lead in his five career races. Gunnevera (10/1), 7. Term of Art (40/1), 8.

  • Julie Sanders