"He used to come out to the infield and buy his seat and watch racing, it's how he got involved". "We analyzed the race and handicapped the race together".
"He's put a lot of time and money into the game, he's very deserving, his birthday is tomorrow, everything lined up". He grew up in Baltimore.
"Never imagined I'd own a horse, let alone be the victor of the Preakness", said Klarman, whose day job is CEO of the Boston-based hedge fund The Baupost Group. Yes, the 2016 Juvenile Champion came back to fine form winning the Arkansas Derby last month and capped that with a good fourth in the Derby despite an extremely rough trip. "He rode an excellent race", said Brown, who was celebrating his first win of a Triple Crown race as trainer. Seven horses have taken both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness since 2000, including lone Triple Crown victor American Pharoah.
Klarman had no regrets passing on the Derby. "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 two weeks' rest when we have six, and it worked". Ridden by Florent Geroux, Cambodia, who has been a victor at Laurel Park, paid $11.20 to win. But as the wire loomed, Cloud Computing surged forward one last time to nab Classic Empire by a head.
Hot walker Patricia Campos, left, holds Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming as he gets a quick bath following a morning walk at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Saturday, May 20, 2017. His three races prior to the Preakness were in NY at Aqueduct where he had decent showings in the Gotham Stakes (second) and the Wood Memorial (third).
The 142nd Preakness had been billed as a match race between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, and it was at the start. No other horses threatened him down the stretch and Velazquez furiously pumped his right arm as they crossed the finish line. He went to work and brought a better horse to Pimlico than the one who showed little in his third-place effort in the Wood, a race that initially looked like one of the weakest Derby preps run this year. Always Dreaming will run from the the fourth gate. "If we can't win, I hope he does". Always Dreaming is the early 4-5 favorite under jockey John Velazquez. "As we know, he tends to wander a little bit, and he got to wandering". The crowd of 140,327 and wagering total of $94,127,434 were records, bettering the marks set previous year. We'll see. Initially it looks like he came back well.
"I was having flashbacks to the '70s", Lawrence said, with a grin of wonder and satisfaction that refused to leave his face. It did not help him win the race. We'll do our best. The move gave Brown just what he needed-time.
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Other closers looking to pounce are Gunnevera (10th in the Derby), Hence (11th in the Derby) and new shooters Multiplier, Senior Investment and Term of Art.
Trainer Kenny McPeek was happy with Senior Investment's race.
"I feel like it's been a lifetime for me, really", he said. "A mile and a half ad the Belmont is going to be really up his alley", he said.
"We didn't have an excuse", Pletcher said. "He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day", said Pletcher. Then again, I'm in my own backyard, I don't have to go too far.
They are called new shooters, gunslingers who didn't compete in the Kentucky Derby on the Triple Crown trail and want to fire a round at those who did.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez knew the Kentucky Derby victor was up against it early in the race. Never imagined I'd own a horse let alone be the winning owner of the Preakness.
Said Velazquez of Always Dreaming: "He just got beat".
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