Classic Empire looked to have the race won at the turn, but Cloud Computing found some extra resources from somewhere, drew level and managed to take the race by a nose.
"We're been working a long time for this moment".
In a sport that unabashedly cheers for a Triple Crown victor, where upsets in the first two races take the shine off the Belmont Stakes, the hope that accompanied Almost Dreaming instantly disappeared.
Total handle on Pimlico's 14-race program was $97,168,658, an increase of three percent over the previous record of $94,127,434 and a 14-percent increase over 2015 wagering. Always Dreaming took a slight lead with Classic Empire on his flank.
Oaklawn-raced horses made up half the field, but the day belonged to the horse who seemed too green to win the gold. The son of Pioneerof the Nile lost focus and started to wander a bit in the stretch allowing Cloud Computing to make a late run, collaring him at the sixteenth pole and overtaking him in the final fifty yards.
"You could see he just got beat", Velazquez said. Cloud Computing started at a tempting 12/1.
"Certainly, I'm not going to dispute the face that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy", Brown said. His main challenger appears to be fourth-place Derby finisher Classic Empire at 3/1 and runner up Lookin At Lee, who now stands at 10/1. It really cost Always Dreaming and it cost Classic Empire enough that he was running on fumes in the last 100 yards. "We were in a position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround was a little too quick".
According to America's Best Racing, seven of the 16 Kentucky Derby winners since 2000 have gone on to win the Preakness Stakes.
The victor was not controversial, and while Leparoux should have to explain to trainer Mark Casse exactly why he moved Classic Empire so soon, there were no excuses.
"Today is a special day", Castellano told broadcaster NBC just after the race. "We analyzed the race and handicapped the race together". Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming revealed a tank on "E" and sighed to eighth, and the rising 38-year-old trainer Chad Brown had annexed his loudest feat yet. He turns 60 on Sunday.
He started that "gambling" 25 years ago, and concluded, "This is the culmination of 25 years of hard work and learning and trying to figure this game out", uttering this after a Preakness so few had figured out. Lawrence, who went to Shaker High in suburban Albany, is the CEO of Meridian Capital Partners, a prominent hedge fund. Klarman, 59, is known as a value investing legend and manages $30 billion in assets. "This is gambling. It's really been a thrill and this is the highlight of our career so far as thoroughbred owners".
Lookin at Lee should be in the 5-1 range, Gunnevera looks like an 8-1 shot, while Senior Investment and Practical Joke will likely be 10-1 or more if those horses are entered in the Belmont Stakes. Cloud Computing figures to be a popular exotic bet pick with 12/1 odds, while Multiplier, Senior Investment and Term of Art are all tied for the longest shot on the board.