Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Cloud Computing Pulls Off Upset To Win The Preakness

Cloud Computing Pulls Off Upset To Win The Preakness

Chad Brown the trainer for Cloud Computing celebrates with the Woodlawn Vase after the horse won the 142nd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Baltimore. Derby victor and 5-4 favorite Always Dreaming charged out to an early lead and dueled with 3-1 second choice Classic Empire through the final turn.

Cloud Computing, a 13-1 shot trained by Chad Brown and owned by a hedge fund manager who grew up three blocks from Pimlico, passed Classic Empire in the stretch to win the $1.5 million Grade I race by a head.

Kentucky Derby victor and race favorite Always Dreaming faded down the stretch after dueling Classic Empire for much of the race.

"He probably went pretty ambitiously at us and maybe cost himself the race", Pletcher said.

Julien Leparoux faced criticism that he went too soon on Classic Empire, though in reality he had little choice as he inherited the lead when Always Dreaming cried enough. "Down the backside, he just felt like he wasn't taking him there the same way he had taken him there in the Kentucky Derby and the Florida Derby and the other two races that he'd ridden him in".

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Establishing a moderate pace of 23.16 and 46.81 for the first two quarters of the 1 3/16 mile Preakness, Always Dreaming looked as if all he'd need to do was keep Classic Empire at bay in order to secure the second jewel in the Triple Crown.

An emotional Castellano said winning a second Preakness - he claimed the 2006 edition with Bernardini - was dedicated to his family.

"Our horse is very talented too".

Always Dreaming and Classic Empire jumped in market order and were one-two nearly throughout in front of a record crowd of 140,327. In the Derby, Classic Empire was slammed by McCraken at the start and pinballed among horses as they headed for the first turn.

Locked in a battle with Classic Empire, the Kentucky Derby victor reached the midpoint of Saturday's race with a narrow lead.

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"I thought he ran outstanding", trainer Mark Casse said.

Unlike in the Derby, in which Classic Empire was mugged leaving the gate, he had a clean trip Saturday. He came into the Preakness after a six-week break."It just didn't work out in the Wood".

"I'm very happy for Seth Klarman because he is a tremendous guy and a tremendous participant in the horse business", Ryan said.

Forecasts The Reg has seen suggests actual cloud computing will overtake the classic empire of on-premises computing some time in the early-to-mid 2020s. A record $97 million was bet on the Pimlico card and those sharp enough to keep the Derby victor off all tickets and put Cloud Computing on top had the potential for some very nice payoffs.

What made the success even more remarkable was that Cloud Computing was only having only the fourth start of his career and had never previously scored outside maiden company, with trainer Brown better known for his prowess with turf horses.

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"He just got beat", Velazquez said of the Kentucky Derby victor. But we didn't have an excuse. "He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day", said Pletcher. It felt like he was on a loose rein by the time they turned up the backside. By the time they passed Pletcher and much of the crowd of 140,327 the first time, Pletcher thought Always Dreaming seemed to be "dragging" jockey John Velazquez and seemed to be on a "loose rein". So I was coming here focused and looking forward to riding the race and winning it.

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