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Schmuck: Triple Crown season turns bittersweet with Cloud Computing's win

Sandy Vega | 22 May, 2017, 13:17

Cloud Computing (2), ridden by Javier Castellano, second from left, wins142nd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course as Classic Empire (5) with Julien Leparoux aboard takes second, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Baltimore.

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.

In the Preakness, Klarman watched Cloud Computing cover the 1 3/16-miles in a winning 1:55.98 as a 14-1 starter (he paid $28.80 to win) with Classic Empire finishing second and Senior Investment third.

Trained by Chad Brown, Cloud Computing won for the second time in just five career starts.

Cloud Computing, victor of Saturday's Preakness Stakes, emerged from the race in good condition, but his status for the Belmont Stakes is undecided, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday. Trainer Todd Pletcher also favors long layoffs, although he made an exception to run Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming back in two weeks.

Castellano asked Cloud Computing to go and he responded, rallying through the stretch and catching Classic Empire at the wire.

"Today is a special day", Castellano told broadcaster NBC just after the race.

As the dust settled Sunday morning following Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Cloud Computing (Maclean's Music)'s victory in the GI Preakness S., trainer Chad Brown reported the victor had arrived safely back at his barn at Belmont Park in fine condition.

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Runner-up Classic Empire paid $4.40 and $4.00. The veteran jockey actually rode Gunnevera in the Derby and was asked to do the same in the Preakness but opted to ride for Brown, who he works with regularly in NY.

With two-thirds of the Triple Crown done, we're no closer than ever to determining the star of this year's 3-year-old crop.

"Johnny, talking to him a little more, he felt like he was even concerned sooner than [the far turn]. We had a lot of talks, so we put it together".

"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. "It is spectacular and we feel very fortunate to have horses there".

Trainer Mark Casse said he was surprised he was not more disappointed.

For three-quarters of a mile, John Velazquez kept Always Dreaming's head in front of his rival.

"Absolutely", Brown said. "Such a rare race, Triple Crown race, and a huge part for me, for our team, for our clientele". "So we make patient long-term investments on behalf of our clients", Klarman said. He had no choice this year, but to further his point, Always Dreaming faded in the stretch. But he didn't, and so we go on. The son of Pioneerof the Nile lost focus and started to wander a bit in the stretch allowing Cloud Computing to make a late run, collaring him at the sixteenth pole and overtaking him in the final fifty yards. "We're just going to evaluate the horse this week and probably by next weekend we may have a decision". "We were in a position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround was a little too quick". This winter, after Classic Empire refused to train in the morning, Casse sent him to Ocala, Florida, to a training center away from the racetrack to freshen him up. I'm happy for him and he grew up in this town, in Baltimore.

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