Cloud Computing rallied past Classic Empire to win the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes as a 13/1 longshot.
Classic Empire went toe-to-toe with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming right out of the gate and the two hung together on top the field as they made the final turn.
At that point Classic Empire kicked it in a notch and it became apparent that Always Dreaming’s hopes of a Triple Crown were going to fall short.
However, just when it looked like jockey Julien Leparoux and Classic Empire were going to win the Woodlawn Vase, Cloud Computing came from out of nowhere to win at the wire.
Cloud Computing, one of five horses in the field to not run two weeks at Churchill Downs, became only the fourth Preakness Stakes winner in the last 34 years to not have raced in the Run for the Roses.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, Cloud Computing ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98 and paid $28.80, $8.60 and $6. It was just the dark brown colt’s fourth career start, the fewest of any horse in the race, and only his second win. He didn’t run as a 2-year-old because of injury.
Classic Empire returned $4.40 and $4, and 31-1 shot Senior Investment was another 4 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $10.20.
Trainer Chad Brown earned his first victory in a Triple Crown race. Castellano won for the second time. He also was board of Bernardini in his 2006 Preakness victory.
Always Dreaming ended up finishing eighth.
ORDER OF FINISH
1. Cloud Computing
2. Classic Empire
3. Senior Investment
4. Lookin At Lee
7. Conquest Mo Money
8. Always Dreaming
10. Term of Art
Cloud Computing — $28.80, $8.60, $6.00
Classic Empire — $4.40, $4.00
Senior Investment — $10.20
$2 Exacta (2-5) Paid: $98.40
$0.50 Trifecta (2-5-8) Paid: $548.65
$0.10 Superfecta (2-5-8-9) Paid: $816.28
$1 Pick 3 (5-2-2) Paid: $500.60
$1 Pick 4 (10-5-2-2) Paid: $2,925
$1.0 Pick 5 (5-10-5-2-2) Paid: $12,689.70
$0.20 Pick 6 (6-5-10-5-2-2) Paid: $7,414.88
$2 Daily Double (2-2) Paid: $88
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