13-1 shot Cloud Computing springs upset in Preakness

13-1 shot Cloud Computing springs upset in Preakness

Cloud Computing pulled off a major surprise in the Preakness Stakes in Maryland on Saturday, charging down the stretch to overtake Classic Empire and win the second race of US thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

Javier Castellano, riding Cloud Computing, appeared to wait for Always Dreaming, who broke quickly to the lead, to lag before making his move to challenge Classic Empire over the final furlong.

Classic Empire, the Derby favorite who settled for fourth in muddy conditions two weeks ago at Churchill Downs, settled for second in ideal weather at Baltimore, Maryland, with 30-1 longshot Senior Investment third, 4 1/2 lengths back.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Cloud Computing ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98 and paid $28.80, $8.60 and $6.

Always Dreaming, who had faded after the turn for home, finished eighth in the 10-horse field on a fast track at Pimlico Race Course.

The Klaravich Stables entry, having not raced in six weeks, had enough to run down Classic Empire and edge him at the line. He became the first horse to skip the Derby and win the second leg of the Triple Crown since filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009.

"I'm not going to dispute the fact that we brought in a fresh horse - that was part of our strategy", trainer Chad Brown said. It's special. Chad gave me a lot of support.

"We didn't have an excuse", said Todd Pletcher, who trains Always Dreaming. "Our house is very talented, too".

Classic Empire, by Toronto-based Mark Casse, a nine-time Sovereign Award victor as Canadian racing's top trainer, returned $4.40 and $4, and 31-1 shot Senior Investment was another 4 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $10.20.

Castellano, who will enter the Hall of Fame in August and is known for ideal trips, also made a good move by leaving his Derby mount, Gunnevera, for Cloud Computing. "Our strategy was to let them come out with two weeks rest and we have six and it worked". "We just ran out of time", Brown said. He and William Lawrence have been buying and racing horses together since 2006.

"I always had a lot of confidence in this horse", he said, "but I didn't have the opportunity to ride him".

Trainer Mark Casse thought Classic Empire would rebound from his rough-trip fourth in the Derby and prove he was the best 3-year-old. Completing the order of finish were Lookin At Lee, Gunnevera, Multiplier, Conquest Mo Money, Always Dreaming, Hence and Term of Art.