Always Dreaming and Classic Empire Ambushed by Cloud Computing
There will be no Triple Crown winner in the U.S. thoroughbred racing realm this year as Always Dreaming failed to back his Kentucky Derby win with a victory in the Preakness Stakes.
Always Dreaming expended so much energy in the early stages of the Preakness that when the field got to the home turn in a blistering one minutes and 11 seconds, he had nothing left for the stretch.
The early stages of the race was a battle royale betwixt Always Dreaming and Classic Empire.
While those two were busy eyeing one another, Cloud Computing, with Javier Castellano aboard, snuck up and took the post. Cloud Computing did not run the Kentucky Derby and had not competed since early April, when all he could do was finish second in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial Stakes.
Cloud Computing is trained by Chad Brown, who made the savvy strategic move of bringing a fresh horse to the Preakness. Speaking after the race, Brown said, “I’m not going to dispute the fact that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy. Our horse is very talented, too. Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are two outstanding horses and our strategy was, if we were going to ever beat them, let’s take them on two weeks’ rest when we have six, and it worked.”
With no prospect of a Triple Crown winner this year, the American public will quickly forget about horse racing for the season.