Cloud Computing stuns rivals to win Preakness Stakes at Pimlico

Cloud Computing wins Preakness Stakes; Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming fades

Rested and ready: 13-1 shot Cloud Computing wins Preakness

The colt, who forged past champion Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) to prevail by a head, gave Brown his first Preakness win in his first start in the race. He was beaten by 13 1/2 lengths.

Cloud Computing, a 13-1 longshot to beat a field including Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming, is co-owned by hedge fund overachiever Seth Klarman. Who was Super Saver's trainer? That led Pletcher, who was thrilled with the colt's preparations at Pimlico, to speculate Always Dreaming might lack the stamina to run on two weeks' rest. The track, though labeled fast, was a drying-out type of surface, a far cry from the sealed, sloppy track he ran over at Churchill Downs. "He was there, but it wasn't like he was dragging Johnny [Velazquez] there, actually". "We were in a position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround was a little too quick". Initially, it looks like he came back well.

After hearing Pletcher report how well his Derby victor had trained leading up to the Preakness, few could have imagined Always Dreaming would produce such a dud at Old Hilltop.

In doing so he was only the fourth horse in 34 years to win the Preakness Stakes without first running in the Kentucky Derby.

But that is far from a certainty this year. He didn't win any of those races. Trainer Ken McPeek said the chestnut will van to Belmont Park to begin preparations for the Belmont S. -a race he won in a 70-1 upset with Sarava (Wild Again) in 2002. He is well prepared and he reveled that fact, Castellano: "I think I always had a lot of confidence in this horse but I didn't have the opportunity to ride the horse".

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But jockey Javier Castellano, who rode Gunnevera in the Kentucky Derby, had Cloud Computing in hand and was closing on Classic Empire, the 2-1 second favorite. He is notorious for giving his horses plenty of time between starts.

Cloud Computing departed Pimlico on Sunday for a van ride to Belmont. "We have a great communication together and I think that is the key to winning the race". "I'm so happy, really happy".

Nearly immediately after the Derby, Pletcher spoke about how impressively his horse rebounded from the hard race.

Trainer Steve Asmussen said Lookin At Lee, second in the Derby and fourth in the Preakness, will head to NY on Sunday morning to prepare for the Belmont.

"Once he got a spot early, we figured the race can be won or lost in that first turn", Brown said.

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Lookin At Lee, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, delivers a fierce effort every time out, even if he's perhaps not as talented as the best horses in the class.

If those two do skip the Belmont, the likely favorite would be Classic Empire.

That decision proved lucrative for Brown, by receiving the services of the jockey whom will be enshrined in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in August in Saratoga later this summer.

"That and probably the Breeders' Cup", Casse said. "As we know, he tends to wander a little bit, and he got to wandering".

Senior Investment, third in the Preakness, will head to the Belmont Stakes, according to trainer Ken McPeek. "We're going to find out more, but when you look at what he's done this year, winning his first couple of races by open lengths, winning the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby by the margins he did, it's pretty exceptional". "That horse had some momentum on him; he ran a great race, too". NYRA did so hoping that Japanese officials would take simulcast wagering on the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

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