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

A record crowd of 140,327 was on hand.

"We didn't have an excuse", said Todd Pletcher, trainer of Always Dreaming. "Just by his physical makeup, I think that he's a horse that hopefully can continue to even get better than he already is".

Always Dreaming earned his fourth straight victory, proving that his five-length win in the Florida Derby was no fluke.

Third-place finisher Senior Investment went off at almost 32-1, held off Lookin at Lee for the show. Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee (9-1) finished fourth. "Now, he could have a little bit of adversity for the first time in his recent career because Conquest Mo Money is going to break on the lead".

Always Dreaming and Classic Empire broke well and ran near side-by-side for much of the race, with Always Dreaming staying just ahead.

"I didn't think the inside was the place to be, watching the races", Lanerie said. "This is the only race that eluded him in his unbelievable career". "It was a good trip; it was the one we wanted". The victor covered the 1 1/16 miles over dirt in 1:44.13 and paid $20.00 to win. And he made sure his first Preakness starter was as fresh as could be. On a sloppy track, he covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.59 to beat Lookin At Lee by 2 3/4 lengths and Battle of Midway by 7 3/4.

Always Dreaming finished a distant eighth in the 10-horse field.

Brown, 38, said Castellano followed the plan to perfection, staying behind Always Dreaming before making the late charge.

An emotional Castellano said winning a second Preakness - he claimed the 2006 edition with Bernardini - was dedicated to his family. "I got here this morning and there was a lot of water on it. And without his mentorship I certainly wouldn't be here". And veteran jockey Javier Castellano celebrated his third Preakness win just a few months before he will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on August 4.

"It just seems like he's won every race but the Derby and Preakness, really", Brown said. We've run four horses in the Derby. "I'll leave it as a possibility right now".

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.

"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. We analyzed the race.

"We been working for a long time for this moment".

Such measured thinking is typical of Klarman, said William Lawrence, his partner in owning Cloud Computing. The duo is a now a combined 0 for 17 in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

"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.

Going into his 17th Derby, Pletcher saddled the post-time favorite for the first time.

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