Cloud Computing Proves Patience Is a Virtue With Preakness Win

Cloud Computing Proves Patience Is a Virtue With Preakness Win

Cloud Computing Proves Patience Is a Virtue With Preakness Win

Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming was looking to keep alive the hopes of completing the famous racing treble, but the favourite was pressured all the way in the 1900m race at Pimlico racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland by the well-supported second-favourite Classic Empire.

It was the first win in a Triple Crown race for Brown, the 2016 Eclipse Award victor, who made a decision to point his lightly-raced colt - Saturday was just Cloud Computing's fourth career start; his first since a third-place finish in the Wood Memorial on April 8 - away from the Kentucky Derby and toward the Preakness.

Cloud Computing (left), wins the 142nd Preakness Stakes horse race ahead of Classic Empire, ridden by Julien Leparoux, Saturday.

Classic Empire perhaps ran the best combined pair of races in the Derby and Preakness but won neither.

As for running Cloud Computing at the Belmonth Stakes in three weeks, Brown was non-committal, saying, "We're going to talk about it and what happened here".

Oh, and one more thing, Always Dreaming's Preakness showing was the worst by a Kentucky Derby victor since Super Saver also ran eighth in 2010.

"Some of the reason that we won today was because we were patient and didn't throw an inexperienced horse against a 20-horse field in the Derby on a very hard track", winning co-owner Seth Klarman said.

But Brown didn't even seem to even contemplate that this was his first Preakness - just another accomplishment for the 2016 Eclipse Award victor as most outstanding trainer who's a rising star in his field. The Preakness victor covered 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98 and earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure.

It was a cool, cloudy afternoon at Pimlico, where the overcast sky became representative of the mood of the record 140,327 fans when Always Dreaming's Triple Crown hopes ended at the aging Baltimore racetrack.

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He heard Javier Castellano smooching to his colt, a 13-1 long shot named Cloud Computing.

Cloud Computing, victor of Saturday's Preakness Stakes, emerged from the race in good condition, but his status for the Belmont Stakes is undecided, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday. Classic Empire has three victories against Lookin At Lee, including this year's Arkansas Derby.

The final race in the Triple Crown series, the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, will be held June 10 in Elmont, N.Y.

"To run second in the Derby, I thought I was going to win it, and it was really, really an exciting moment, an adrenaline rush", Lanerie said. Then Mr. Brown gave me the opportunity to ride the horse in the Preakness.

"I've always praised Bobby Frankel who taught me so much, " Brown said. "It's great for the family". Although Always Dreaming - dogged from the start by Classic Empire - faded to eighth, the first two finishers were close to the pace. That was additionally the year that Barbaro broke down after leaving the starting gate. "That's kind of what we anticipated Classic Empire would do, take it to us, but he just didn't have that reserve today".

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

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

Always Dreaming trainer Todd Pletcher, despite winning seven Eclipse Awards, remains winless in the Preakness with his nine starters dating to 2000.

"Our strategy was if we were ever going to beat them let's take them on after six weeks' rest, and it worked".

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