Preakness 2017 runner-up Classic Empire Belmont Stakes-bound

Posted May 28, 2017

"We got a handsome, lovely trip in the Preakness and the horse really responded", said Brown, whose Preakness victor was his first starter in the 13⁄16-mile race. The feeling is now that Cloud Computing may get some rest and aim for the Travers Stakes at Saratoga this summer. "We're going to find out more, but when you look at what he's done this year, winning his first couple of races by open lengths, winning the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby by the margins he did, it's pretty exceptional".

When Cloud Computing was eye to eye with Classic Empire, the victor of the Arkansas Derby dug in but didn't have enough left, losing by a head to the strong finishing 13-1 shot.

Klarman is "a long-term value investor".

"Certainly I'm not going to dispute the fact that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy", Brown said.

"We figured the race would be won or lost in that first turn", Brown said, "and he won it right there". "He deserves all the credit".

Seth Klarman grew up three blocks from Pimlico Race Course, going to the betting windows as a teenager to learn the game.

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Javier Castellano celebrates after coming from behind to win with Cloud Computing in The Preakness Stakes. With 100 yards to go, it was becoming obvious that for the ninth time in the past 13 years the victor of the Kentucky Derby was not getting the bed of Black Eyed Susans that gets draped over the victor.

"No regrets, " Klarman said. Sano said Gunnevera would be vanned back to Gulfstream Park West on Monday and freshened for a summer campaign in Saratoga, where last summer he won the Grade 2 Saratoga Special. Cloud Computing trainer Chad Brown held his horse out of the Derby and pointed specifically toward the Preakness. The victor paid $8.60 to place and $6 to show.

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Mark Casse, the trainer of Preakness runner-up and Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Classic Empire, sounded as if he were leaning against running back in the Belmont, but he stopped short of ruling it out.

The styles of Senior Investment and Lookin At Lee would seem to fit well in the Belmont, but they will probably get over-bet.

Beyond the always-exciting prospect of having a Triple Crown victor, the Preakness Stakes is one of the most anticipated and lucrative annual events in horse racing, with a purse totaling $1.5 million.

The final leg of the Triple Crown will be contested at Belmont Stakes on June 10.

Most believed if it wasn't another happy day for Always Dreaming, it would be a statement day for Classic Empire, the two-year-old champion and Arkansas Derby victor, who did well to squeeze a fourth-place finish out of a bumper-car trip two weeks ago at Churchill Downs.

When jockey Julien Leparoux put Classic Empire in gear with three furlongs remaining, he left Always Dreaming in his dust and looked headed for victory.

What really happened in the Preakness Stakes is the same thing that happens every day around the country.

After Cloud Computing came third in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April, 38-year-old Brown chose to target the third Saturday in May instead of the first, and he duly collected the blanket of Black-eyed Susans. He had no choice this year, but to further his point, Always Dreaming faded in the stretch. "As we know, he tends to wander a little bit, and he got to wandering". We had a fair shot. Julien rode him flawless.

"I've always praised Bobby Frankel who taught me so much, " Brown said. He didn't win any of those races. We'll do our best.