‘Cloud Computing’ 13-1 Long Shot Wins 142nd Preakness by a Head

‘Cloud Computing’ 13-1 Long Shot Wins 142nd Preakness by a Head

‘Cloud Computing’ 13-1 Long Shot Wins 142nd Preakness by a Head

The 13-1 long shot was 1 of 5 new  horses in the race that did not run in the Kentucky Derby 2 weeks ago.

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

It sure looked like Classic Empire would go on to win, but Cloud Computing ran him down on the outside to cross the wire for the Winner’s Circle.

 Always Dreaming faded to 8th in the 10-horse field on a cool day at Pimlico.

A record crowd of 140,327 was on hand.

Cloud Computing ridden by Javier Castellano, ran the 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98 and paid $28.80, $8.60 and $6. It was the colt’s 2nd career victory.

Classic Empire returned $4.40 and $4, and 31-1 shot Senior Investment was another 4 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $10.20.

 Trainer Chad Brown earned his 1st victory in a Triple Crown race. Castellano won for the 2nd time. He rode Bernardini to victory in the Y 2006 Preakness.

The 142nd Preakness had been billed as a match race between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, and it was at the start.

They broke out of the starting gate next to each other and the fight was on. Always Dreaming took a slight lead with Classic Empire on his flank.

Meanwhile, Cloud Computing was back in 3rd as Castellano watched the race unfold in front of him.

 Always Dreaming was the first to throw in the towel, surrendering the lead to Classic Empire midway around the final turn.

Classic Empire and Julien Leparoux headed into the stretch with #-length lead, seemingly on his way to the Winner’s Circle.

Classic Empire fought on to the finish line, but could not hold off a fresh charging 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,” Mr. Brown said. “Our horse is very talented, too. Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are two outstanding horses, and our strategy was, if we are ever going to beat them let’s take them on 2 weeks’ rest when we have 6 weeks, and it worked.”

Lookin At Lee, the Derby runner-up, was 4th. Gunnevera was 5th, followed by Multiplier and Conquest Mo Money. Hence was 9th and Term of Art ran last.

Have a terrific weekend

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