Rested and ready: 13-1 shot Cloud Computing wins Preakness

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Running a mere two weeks after romping to victory at Churchill Downs, Always Dreaming hit the stretch in sixth and huffed and puffed to the finish line in eighth. Last November, when the Japanese-based Nuovo Record competed in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita, Japanese bettors wagered more than $7.5 million on the race, despite the fact that it went off at 4:43 a.m. on a Sunday in Japan.

Under different circumstances, the defeat might have been more stunning, but Pletcher long has shown a preference for spacing his horses' races farther apart than the mere two weeks between the Derby and Preakness. Cloud Computing ridden by Javier Castellano won the race. Classic Empire paid $4.40 and $4 and Senior Investment $10.20.

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.

It was the worst finish by a Derby victor in the Preakness since Super Saver finished eighth, beaten by 11 1/2 lengths, in 2010. That horse was Super Saver. That, too, was Pletcher.

"I think he is continuing to improve, actually", he said.

On Saturday evening, Pletcher said, "We didn't have an excuse", and, "He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day", and, "He didn't seem to relish the track, but I really don't think that was it". He finished eighth. With a ground-saving, ideal trip, Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby and then came into the Preakness as the favorite. Not only did he suffer an interrupted preparation, but then he was interfered with soon after exiting the starting gate and unable to adopt his customary prominent position.

Classic Empire finished fourth, followed by Practical Joke, Tapwrit, Gunnevera, McCraken, Gormley and Irish War Cry.

That didn't happen, however.

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

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It appears that Classic Empire may be the right horse for the Belmont Stakes.

Forecasts The Reg has seen suggests actual cloud computing will overtake the classic empire of on-premises computing some time in the early-to-mid 2020s. Always Dreaming took a slight lead with Classic Empire on his flank.

Falter he did. Badly. Hence was ninth and Term of Art last. "Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are two outstanding horses; our strategy was, if we are ever going to beat them, let's take them on two weeks rest when we have six".

"In my regular life I'm a long-term value investor", Klarman said.

What a race on Saturday, and what an upset by Cloud Computing. "He tried to kick back, but we were second-best today".

The win was the first in a Triple Crown race for Mechanicsville, N.Y. born champion trainer Chad Brown and the second for jockey Javier Castellano who will be inducted into racing's Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this summer. He and owners William Lawrence and Seth Klarman weren't going to run just because they could. He came into the Preakness after a six-week break."It just didn't work out in the Wood".

Pletcher is now 0 for 9 in the Preakness, and Velazquez is 0 for 8.

Pletcher also trains Tapwrit and Patch.

"Watching them come by the first time, [Always Dreaming] was pulling Johnny to the lead but not as aggressively as you might expect", said Pletcher. "We just couldn't hold off the inner, that's it", said Leparoux. "Classic Empire turned up the pressure in the middle of the turn and he didn't have a whole lot to offer".

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