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No Triple Crown possibility means disappointment at Belmont

21 Mai 2017

Cloud Computing pulled a surprise win in the final strides of the 142nd run of the Preakness Stakes, shutting out any chances for a Triple Crown victor this year. His first Preakness entry had become his first Preakness win and a fourth Preakness victor since 2000 to have skipped the Kentucky Derby, all two weeks after another of Brown's charges, Practical Joke, had run fifth as Brown's fourth Kentucky Derby entry.

The win put a stop to Always Dreaming's quest for a Triple Crown when the Kentucky Derby victor and 6 to 5 favorite in the Preakness faded from first place after six furlongs to finish eighth in the field of 10.

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

The Preakness win was just the fourth career start for Cloud Computing, trained by Chad Brown and ridden by hall-of-fame jockey Javier Castellano.

Cloud Computing broke his maiden in a sprint race February 11 at Aqueduct, then came back in the Gotham Stakes and finished second by 3½ lengths.

Senior Investment, a 30-1 shot, finished third. But Cloud Computing, with Javier Castellano riding, had other ideas. Chubby Star was ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., and third-place finisher Mo Maverick had Luis Saez aboard.

It was Brown's first Preakness win in his first try. He became the first horse to skip the Derby and win the second leg of the Triple Crown since filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009.

On the final turn, Always Dreaming took command as State of Honor faded.

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When I lived in Louisville, Mark's late father Norman always kept me up-to-date about the future of horse racing in Florida. We said, 'If we're going to beat them, let's take them on when we have six weeks rest and they (the Derby runners) have two.' It worked, " he concluded.

He paced in front of his Kentucky Derby winner's No. 40 stall on Saturday evening, about an hour before the race, chatting on his cell phone as though it was just another day at the office.

Klarman, who grew up in Mt. Washington, said he has been in the horse racing business for about 25 years and clearly, this is the high point.

"Certainly, I won't dispute the fact that we brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy", Brown said. Then, for so much of the stretch, a fresh validation for the embattled Kentucky Derby contender Classic Empire looked nigh.

Casse, had been eager for this race after the Derby, where everything that could have gone wrong did.

Runner-up Classic Empire paid $4.40 and $4.00. "McCraken came and nearly knocked us", said Mark Casse, who trains Classic Empire. Always Dreaming led much of the race, but finished well back. We had a lot of thoughts and put them together and I think that is the most important thing in a relationship.

Asmussen said Lookin At Lee will van to Belmont Park Sunday morning and prepare for the 1½-mile Belmont Stakes on June 10. "We were in a position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround was a little too quick".

The win for Always Dreaming was his third of this year and his third under the care of mega-trainer Pletcher. Career-wise, he specializes in "patient long-term investments on behalf of our clients", he said, while of horse racing, he said, "This is gambling".

No Triple Crown possibility means disappointment at Belmont