Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cloud Computing Pulls Upset Win At Preakness, Ending Triple Crown Hopes

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.

Moments after the race, Cloud Computing's trainer Chad Brown conceded during an NBC interview that his horse won the Preakness because it skipped the Kentucky Derby and came to Pimlico hoping to take advantage of the exhausted favorites. At Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Classic Empire crossed the finish line second.

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

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. He won at 13-1 odds and becomes just the third non-Kentucky Derby runner to win the Preakness since 2000. Owner Seth Klarman grew up in Mt. Washington, blocks from Old Hilltop. He's such a great guy and he put a lot into this game.

The 142nd Preakness had been billed as a match race between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, and it was at the start.

"He just got beat", Velazquez said of the Kentucky Derby victor.

The victor was not controversial, and while Leparoux should have to explain to trainer Mark Casse exactly why he moved Classic Empire so soon, there were no excuses.

"I think possibly 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", Brown said.

Always Dreaming had appeared to be that horse after winning his first four races this year by a combined 231⁄4 lengths, including a 23⁄4-length score in the May 6 Kentucky Derby. Brown indicated that it has not been determined whether Cloud Computing will race. It was just the dark brown colt's second career victory.

Classic Empire, the Derby favorite who settled for fourth in muddy conditions two weeks ago at Churchill Downs, settled for second in flawless weather at Baltimore, Maryland, with 30-1 longshot Senior Investment third, 4 1/2 lengths back.

In a sport that unabashedly cheers for a Triple Crown victor, where upsets in the first two races take the shine off the Belmont Stakes, the hope that accompanied Almost Dreaming instantly disappeared. " ... I said to (jockey) Julien (Leparoux), 'Second doesn't mean anything.' I said, 'Let's go and try to win this thing.' It ended up getting us in the end". Everything we and anybody has done for them is a product of a team effort, right down to the riders and grooms who work for Chad and other trainers.

Castellano, who will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this summer, said the victory held great meaning for his family.

Always Dreaming and Classic Empire broke well from the gate and galloped to the lead with Always Dreaming along the rail and Classic Empire on his shoulder.

Meanwhile, Cloud Computing was back in 3rd as Castellano watched the race unfold in front of him.

Always Dreaming's trainer Todd Pletcher predictably was a disappointed man, said "He [Classic Empire] probably went pretty ambitiously at us and maybe cost himself the race". After the race, co-owner William Lawrence played off a dated jab about Brown not being able to win big races on dirt.

"Running a fresh horse was part of our strategy", 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.

The Cloud Computing-Classic Empire exacta paid $98.40 for $2.

"The six weeks (break between the Wood and Preakness) was huge", the agent said.

"We don't really know", Brown said. "We analyzed the race and handicapped the race together".

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