Cloud Computing surges down stretch to take Preakness

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For his part, Brown, 38, said he needed to get back to work with his other horses.

Klarman has come a long way since the days when he was trying to divine winners at Pimlico.

"In my regular life I'm a long-term value investor. We stuck with the plan", Castellano said.

"This is risky undertaking ... but it does provide one of the highest levels of excitement that a person can have", Klarman continued.

Then, on the day before the race, Pletcher declared: "The way he's moving, the way he's acting, the way he's getting over the track, we feel really blessed that he's coming into the race this way".

Cloud Computing may have emerged as an exciting 3-year-old prospect with his Preakness victory, but the build-up to the Belmont Stakes on June 10 will be considerably tamer without a horse with a chance to sweep the Triple Crown in the 11⁄2-mile classic.

Always Dreaming and Classic Empire dueled for most of the race before Classic Empire stuck his nose in front midway on the far turn. He was a better horse (Saturday) than he was two weeks ago for the Kentucky Derby. Cloud Computing trainer Chad Brown held his horse out of the Derby and pointed specifically toward the Preakness.

"I thought he cooled-out well, he didn't seem to be really distressed", Pletcher said Sunday morning at Pimlico. "So I think that's actually why we're here today".

Trainer Todd Pletcher was searching for answers after his Kentucky Derby victor, Always Dreaming, dropped back around the far turn and faded to eighth in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, assuring that there will not be a Triple Crown on the line in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes in NY. His trained Todd Pletcher was honest about the performance, Pletcher: "Was the pace too fast? No".

This race was the metaphor that keeps giving, because Classic Empire started as favorite with odds of 2/1.

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"Like I kind of cautioned everyone during the week, sometimes you don't know those things until the quarter pole, but everything that we had seen, we were happy with", he said. "But we didn't have an excuse".

Classic Empire also paid a price for putting away Always Dreaming.

Classic Empire was not the only Oaklawn representative to get a paycheck, though, as Senior Investment finished third at 32-1 and Lookin At Lee - second in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Arkansas Derby - was a half length farther back in fourth at 9-1.

While Pletcher isn't expected to run Always Dreaming in the Belmont Stakes, he said a decision hasn't been made.

Always Dreaming won his previous four races and was unbeaten before this surprising loss.

"I came to the Preakness many, many times", Klarman said.

Cloud Computing sat third at each quarter pole, waiting for the home stretch to make a move. He walked the stairs to the track's signature cupola before hoisting the Woodlawn Vase, his colt having bolted down the stretch to beat Classic Empire by a head in a photo finish of the second leg of the Triple Crown. Johnny [Velazquez] lost his iron for a second because he brushed the side of the gate and he had to adjust his stirrup a couple times. The riders on the speed horses try to roll along and they just kill each other off.

Preakness records Maryland Jockey Club officials reported that attendance and handle records were set at the 142nd Preakness. Attendance for the 14-race card was 140,327.

Brown has won almost every major turf race in America, including seven Breeders' Cup races on grass and the Arlington Million, and has trained three Eclipse-Award-winning turf horses.

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