Cloud Computing came from nowhere to win the Preakness Stakes.
The Preakness Stakes was supposed to be a duel between the Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, but in the end both horses were beaten out by competitor Cloud Computing, crushing Always Dreaming's chances of clinching the Triple Crown.
Always Dreaming and Classic Empire ran side by side for three-quarters of a mile before Classic Empire swept ahead and was eventually beaten by Cloud Computing.
It was the first Triple Crown win for Cloud Computing's trainer, Chad Brown, and jockey Javier Castanello's second. It was also Castanello's first trip on Cloud Computing, and it turned out to be a strong match, as he got the horse in a good position from the start of the race.
"We figured the race would be won or lost in that first turn," Brown said in an interview with the New York Times, "and he won it right there."
Cloud Computing ran the mile and three-sixteenths at Pimlico Race Course in one minute and 55.98 seconds, and his owners, William Lawrence and Seth Klarman received a $900,000 first-place check for his efforts. The win was extra special for Klarman, who fell in love with horses while growing up just three blocks from Pimlico, and turned 60 on Sunday.
Until American Pharoah's win in 2015, the Triple Crown hadn't been won since 1978, so it's not too surprising that 2017 won't be the year for Aways Dreaming. But, Triple Crown or not, the Belmont Stakes will still take place on Saturday June 10. Will you tune in?
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