How Preakness Winner Cloud Computing Got His Nerdy Name

Lauren Perry
May 22, 2017

Cloud Computing charged from behind on the backstretch Saturday to edge Classic Empire and win the 142nd Preakness Stakes, spoiling the Triple Crown hopes of Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming.

Cloud Computing, ridden by Javier Castellano, finished first in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, denying Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming a chance to capture horse racing's Triple Crown.

Always Dreaming, the Kentucky Derby victor and morning-line favorite, dueled with Classic Empire in the early stages, but exhausted midway around the final turn and finished in eighth, more than 13 lengths behind the victor.

With Preakness champion Cloud Computing uncertain to start in the Belmont Stakes, the thoroughbred racing world faces the strong possibility of a second straight year with three different winners of the three Triple Crown races.

The winning time for the mile and 3/16ths race on a fast track was 1:55.98, well off the Preakness record of 1:53 set in 1973 by eventual Triple Crown champion Secretariat.

It was Castellano's first time on Cloud Computing, an inexperienced colt who didn't run a year ago due to injury. Cloud Computing finished a head in front of Classic Empire with Senior Investment surging from last to finish 4¾ lengths back in third.

Classic Empire fought on to the finish line, but could not hold off a fresh charging horse in Cloud Computing. "But all and all, he still ran a good race". He heard Javier Castellano smooching to his colt, a 13-1 long shot named Cloud Computing.

Cloud Computing was prepped for racing at Stonestreet Farm under the direction of Ian Brennan, who along with Nick de Meric and J.J. Crupi, handle the preparation of the Preakness owners' horses in Florida.

"I was incredibly impressed with Classic Empire".

"I didn't think the inside was the place to be, watching the races", Lanerie said.

"We're so happy to have Javier on this horse", winning trainer Chad Brown said.

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Cloud Computing returned $28.80, $8.60 and $6. "We made a great call".

"I'm very happy for Seth Klarman because he is a tremendous guy and a tremendous participant in the horse business", Ryan said.

When a horse gets the lead too easily, they think their job is over - remember horses are pack animals and don't like to be alone. Always Dreaming was eighth.

Although Brown listed Cloud Computing as a possible starter for the Belmont Stakes on June 10, his comments seemed to suggest otherwise. "We just really zeroed in on this race, and thankfully it worked out".

Lookin At Lee, the Derby runner-up, was fourth ahead of Gunnevera, Multiplier and Conquest Mo Money.

Brown said of his excellent working relationship with Castellano, "When I relay information about a horse or a plan, he knows just what I'm talking about and he can get it done". That obviously wasn't an option this year, with Always Dreaming vying for the Triple Crown.

"I would imagine that they are going to target us and the target is right next to you", Pletcher said. At the half-mile pole, I really liked the position I was in.

A decision on Cloud Computing running in the Belmont is still up in the air.

"I'm not going to dispute the fact that I brought out a fresh horse as a part of our strategy", Brown told NBC. Our strategy was that if we were ever going to beat them, let's take them on when they've had two weeks rest and we've had six. And when Classic Empire passed him, he had no answer.

"I thought the track suited him better for the Derby, being a little more sealed maybe", Lanerie said, with sealed meaning the track is packed down to keep water from penetrating instead of being harrowed.

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