Farewell Triple Crown: Always Dreaming fades in Preakness

But in a turn of events Cloud Computing pulled off the upset to win the Preakness.

Cloud Computing, ridden by Javier Castellano, finished first in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, denying Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming a chance to capture horse racing's Triple Crown.

Cloud Computing didn't race in the Derby, and so can't win the coveted Triple Crown, but he will go down as one of the strangest names in horse-race history after today - which is saying something, as professional racehorses often get some extremely weird names.

The Preakness win was just the fourth career start for Cloud Computing, trained by Chad Brown and ridden by hall-of-fame jockey Javier Castellano.

The Kentucky Derby victor, trained by Todd Pletcher, looked set to play a significant role in the second leg of the Triple Crown as he became embroiled in a fierce battle with Classic Empire for much of the nine-and-a-half-furlong journey.

Going off a 13-1 odds, Cloud Computing paid $28.80 for the win, $8.60 for place and $6.00 for show. He noted that Frankel has had a profound influence on his career, which has seen him lead the nation in turf victories three of the last five years.

Classic Empire came in second, 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Senior Investment, who finished third at 30-1. "He ran so hard in the Derby, and today just wasn't his day".

"I don't like to make any decisions immediately after the race'" Pletcher said.

Brown dedicated the victory to his late training mentor, Bobby Frankel, who won nearly every major American race but the Derby or the Preakness. Cloud Computing was making his first start in a Grade 1 contest and only his fourth start overall.

"Certainly, I'm not going to dispute the face that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy", Brown said.

"We sit behind and watch", he said. "I think he's going to be tougher to beat than I thought he would be going into the Derby". We grew up in racing and it's really special for us.

But the second jewel of the Triple Crown was still destined to be a two-horse race, as Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Cloud Computing emerged in the stretch as the only threat. He was followed by Lookin At Lee, Gunnevera, Multiplier, Conquest Mo Money, Always Dreaming, Hence, and Term of Art, to complete the order of finish. "He tried to kick back, but we were second best". "Our strategy was to let them come out with two weeks rest and we have six and it worked".

  • Julie Sanders