Cloud Computing overtook Classic Empire in the final sixteenth to spring the upset in Saturday’s 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes before a record crowd of 140,327 on an overcast afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.
The dark bay colt, a 13-1 longshot ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Chad Brown, won by a head to become only the fourth horse in 34 years to win the middle jewel of American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown after not running in the Kentucky Derby.
Classic Empire came in second, 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Senior Investment, who finished third at 30-1.
Always Dreaming, the Kentucky Derby winner and morning-line favorite, dueled with Classic Empire in the early stages, but tired and finished in eighth, more than 13 lengths behind the winner.
Cloud Computing ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98 and paid $28.80, $8.60 and $6. He was making his first start since finishing third to Irish War Cry and Battalion Runner in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on 8 April.
It marked the second victory at Preakness for Castellano, the sport’s most dominant mount over the last four years, after his 2006 win aborad Bernardini.
Lookin At Lee, the Derby runner-up, was fourth ahead of Gunnevera, Multiplier and Conquest Mo Money. Hence was ninth with Term of Art pulling up the rear.