Cloud Computing dashes Triple Crown hopes

Cloud Computing's win also nixes Always Dreaming's chances of winning the Triple Crown, the trio of Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

The consensus was that while it is disappointing there will not be a Triple Crown victor this year, the entire day of racing and Cloud Computing's exciting late run to pass champion Classic Empire showcased the best of the horse industry.

Classic Empire, up close throughout, moved past pace-setter and 6-5 betting favorite Always Dreaming and appeared to have the race in hand with a 3-length lead midway through the stretch at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Brown's association with Castellano is the new powerhouse of USA racing, and the jockey jumped off his Kentucky mount Gunnevera (fifth) to honour a commitment to the trainer to ride Cloud Computing.

But Cloud Computing poured it on down the stretch with a charge from the outside to finish in 1:55.98 and clinch his second career victory. Senior Investment, a 31-1 shot, got through on the inside and edged Lookin At Lee by a half-length for third.

Always Dreaming started backing up when challenged and finished in eighth, beaten 14 lengths.

If neither the Derby nor Preakness victor participates in the Belmont - as was the case in 2012 - the race figures to be a wide-open affair with a hodgepodge of also-rans from the first two races. We had a lot of thoughts and put them together and I think that is the most important thing in a relationship.

"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", winning co-owner Seth Klarman said.

Meanwhile, Cloud Computing was back in third as Castellano watched the duel unfold in front of him.

Classic Empire once again hurt himself at the break when, according to the chart, he bobbled leaving the gate.

Julien Leparoux faced criticism that he went too soon on Classic Empire, though in reality he had little choice as he inherited the lead when Always Dreaming cried enough.

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The 142nd Preakness Stakes took place Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, one of the oldest horse racing tracks in the country. So I was coming here focused and looking forward to riding the race and winning it.

"We got a handsome, attractive trip in the Preakness and the horse really responded", said Brown, whose Preakness victor was his first starter in the 13⁄16-mile race.

Should Always Dreaming emerge victorious, the Belmont Stakes on June 11 will quickly become one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.

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

The Derby victor finished eighth in the field of 10, fading after dueling with Classic Empire through the first mile of the race. He was noncommittal about running Cloud Computing in the Belmont as he savored the biggest victory of his young career.

"We don't really know", Brown said.

Castellano comes from a racing family, with a father, uncle and brother who have been jockeys. We just didn't get it done.

The loss by Always Dreaming is just the next in a long line of defeats for trainer Todd Pletcher in the Preakness.

Possible Belmont starters are Multiplier (sixth in Preakness) and Conquest Mo Money (seventh in Preakness).

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