Cloud Computing, 13-1, pulls off upset win at the Preakness Stakes
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 8:58
The two horses ran stride-for-stride through most of the stretch, but Cloud Computing won by a head in front of the largest crowd in Preakness history with 140,327 gathered at Pimlico Race Course. In the Derby, Classic Empire was slammed by McCraken at the start and pinballed among horses as they headed for the first turn. With another three weeks until the Belmont in New York, Cloud Computing could return to run on his home track.
Casse said he had no problem with the tactics jockey Julien Leparoux used on Classic Empire. Brown, who won the 2016 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer, has always been known for his ability to train horses to run on turf, but hasn't seen that success on other surfaces.
"I feel like it's been a lifetime for me because you've got to put a lot of time in", Brown said.
As the Derby champ, Always Dreaming will have a bulls-eye on his back in a smaller field going a shorter distance than two weeks ago. The crowd of 140,327 and wagering total of $94,127,434 were records, bettering the marks set past year.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, the 13-1 long shot horse ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98. "He had a few issues as a 2-year-old and they gave him time to get over that".
Saturday was the first time Castellano and Cloud Computing hooked up, and it was a flawless fit that left the two favorites wondering exactly what happened. He rode Bernardini to victory in the Y 2006 Preakness. "Our strategy was to let them come out with two weeks rest and we have six and it worked". "We stuck with the plan", Castellano said. "It's great for the family".
Always Dreaming and Classic Empire dueled early, with Always Dreaming falling off as the horse turned down the stretch. In Baltimore the path was clearer and Classic Empire delivered.
"I whispered to Chad in the winner's circle, 'Best dirt trainer in the country, ' which is a little joke", Lawrence said. "Maybe the quick turnaround, maybe a different surface, that drying-out surface we were hoping to avoid at Churchill".
Always Dreaming started backing up when challenged and finished in eighth, beaten 14 lengths.
Classic Empire once again hurt himself at the break when, according to the chart, he bobbled leaving the gate.
"Certainly I'm not going to dispute the fact that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy", Mr.
Cloud Computing's training for the Preakness consisted of four moves over the Belmont training track, the last being 4 furlongs in 48.85 breezing on the Saturday before the Preakness.
"We're thrilled with the result", Brown said, adding that he was very pleased with Cloud Computing's trip beneath jockey Javier Castellano. Co-owner Seth Klarman of the Klaravich Stables was raised three blocks from Pimlico. Career-wise, he specializes in "patient long-term investments on behalf of our clients", he said, while of horse racing, he said, "This is gambling".
"This is the culmination of 25 years of hard work and learning and trying to figure this game out", said Klarman, president of the Baupost Group, a hedge fund valued at $31 billion.