How Preakness Winner Cloud Computing Got His Nerdy Name

Cloud Computing, a 13-1 underdog, made a charge down the stretch at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to scrape out a win over Classic Empire in a thrilling finish.

Always Dreaming and Classic Empire dueled for most of the race before Classic Empire stuck his nose in front midway on the far turn.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Cloud Computing ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98. It was just the dark brown colt's second career victory. Brown has an Eclipse Award, Saratoga training title, eight Breeders' Cup wins and three dozen major graded stakes victories on his resume.

He started that "gambling" 25 years ago, and concluded, "This is the culmination of 25 years of hard work and learning and trying to figure this game out", uttering this after a Preakness so few had figured out. Classic Empire, who had a miserable trip in the Kentucky Derby and finished fourth, paid $4.40 and $4, while Senior Investment returned $10.20. Lawrence, who went to Shaker High in suburban Albany, is the CEO of Meridian Capital Partners, a prominent hedge fund. Klarman, 59, is known as a value investing legend and manages $30 billion in assets.

After Cloud Computing came third in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April, 38-year-old Brown chose to target the third Saturday in May instead of the first, and he duly collected the blanket of Black-eyed Susans.

So, yes, when Always Dreaming went out fast and came home slow, it was a huge letdown that will impact national interest in the Belmont Stakes. "And when Chad said Cloud Computing could do special things, we put him on the trail to Triple Crown-type races".

When a horse gets the lead too easily, they think their job is over - remember horses are pack animals and don't like to be alone. He was second in last year's Preakness on longshot Cherry Wine, his only prior mount in the race.

Should Always Dreaming emerge victorious, the Belmont Stakes on June 11 will quickly become one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.

"We figured the race would be won or lost in that first turn", Brown said, "and he won it right there".

He told a quick story about Klarman who grew up going to the races at Pimlico. "We'll process it for a little while", said Pletcher, whose Derby victor returned to Belmont Park yesterday morning.

Then Classic Empire moved to the lead and pulled away from Always Dreaming, who dropped back. We've had a lot of great winners.

"We felt all along he wanted the mile and a half", McPeek, referencing the Belmont distance, said at Pimlico Sunday morning. "Our strategy was to let them come out with two weeks rest and we have six and it worked". Classic Empire paid $4.40 and $4 and Senior Investment $10.20. Classic Empire fought on to the finish line, but couldn't hold off a fresh horse in Cloud Computing."Certainly I'm not going to dispute the fact that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy", Brown said. He said wearing blinkers might have prevented Classic Empire from realizing Cloud Computing was there until it was too late. So I was coming here focused and looking forward to riding the race and winning it.

NOTES: Lookin At Lee, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby as a 33-1 long shot, finished fourth. Gunnevera (fifth in Preakness) and Hence (ninth in Preakness) won't run in the Belmont.

  • Julie Sanders