Cloud Computing wins the 142nd Preakness stakes in upset

Cloud Computing Wins the 2017 Preakness Stakes under jockey Javier Castellano at Pimlico Race Course, 5/20/17.

Hard-charging Cloud Computing won Saturday's Preakness Stakes, narrowly edging out Classic Empire by a nose.

Horses leave the starting gate Saturday during the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Brown is much more than that, especially after skipping the Derby with Cloud Computing and aiming for the Preakness.

And by putting $28.80 to win, $8.60 to place and $6.00 to show in wallets, Cloud Computing rewarded his faithful with the biggest winning payout in a Triple Crown race since Mine That Bird returned $103.20 for his stunning 2009 Kentucky Derby victory.

"You're looking at horses that traveled at 2, ran at as high a level as we have, so you're not surprised", said Steve Asmussen, who trains Lookin At Lee and won last year's Belmont with Creator.

At this point we need to explain The Reg's sudden interest in horseflesh: it's because we can't make stuff like this up. Cloud Computing brushed slightly against a retreating Always Dreaming with 300 yards to go in the Preakness and then set sail after 2016 2-year-old champion Classic Empire, catching up in the final 50 yards and then edging past to win by a head.

Casse said he had no problem with the tactics jockey Julien Leparoux used on Classic Empire. His trainer, Mark Casse, on Sunday morning said "right now, there's a very good shot" he will run in the Belmont.

We analysed the race and handicapped the race together - we had a lot of thoughts and put them together and I think that is the most important thing in a relationship.

"He looks good, bright, alert, sound, healthy, happy", Pletcher said. "My only disappointment was that Always Dreaming didn't carry us a little farther".

Among other horses likely for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont - the longest of the Triple Crown races - are: Senior Investment (third in Preakness), Lookin At Lee (fourth in Preakness) and Japanese invader Epicharis. He rode Bernardini to victory in the 2006 Preakness. "It's great for the family".

"No. Classic Empire held on for second". Always Dreaming took a slight lead with Classic Empire on his flank.

Instead, it was Cloud Computing, always within 3 lengths of the lead, who seemed to gain speed and strength with every stride.

Todd Pletcher, trainer of Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming, is 0 for 9 in the Preakness. "Maybe the quick turnaround, maybe a different surface, that drying-out surface we were hoping to avoid at Churchill. He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day". Watching the race today from Always Dreaming, I was surprised. He'd won his first four by a combined 23¼ lengths.

"I'm not going to dispute the fact that we brought in a fresh horse - that was part of our strategy", trainer Chad Brown said.

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. I felt that, watching his performance in the Derby, that there was a better chance of beating him here in two weeks - because of him being lightly raced and the spacing - than in the Belmont.

"I came to the Preakness many, many times", Klarman said.

"It just didn't work out in the Wood". "We just really zeroed in on this race, and thankfully it worked out".

"Do I think he's a mile-and-a-half horse?"

Klarman is "a long-term value investor". "He's never really struck me that way, but I'm not going to rule it out".

Klarman, who races as Klaravich Stables, is a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox. No longer in front, Dreaming collapsed to sixth in the stretch and by the wire had beaten only Hence and Term of Art.

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