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Cloud Computing Wins Preakness Stakes

Added on: May 23, 2017

After Cloud Computing rallied to victory in the 142nd running of the Grade I Preakness Stakes, it meant that Kentucky Derby 2017 winner Always Dreaming wouldn’t be winning the Triple Crown this year – something that only 12 horses have ever managed before. The most recent Triple Crown winner was American Pharoah in 2015, ridden by Victor Espinoza.

Cloud Computing, owned by Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H., trained by Chad C. Brownand ridden by Javier Castellano, took it to the wire and managed to inch in front of runner up Classic Empire (ridden by Julien Leparoux) on Saturday 20th May, 2017, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD.

This year’s potential Triple Crown winner’s jockey, Johnny Velazquez, spoke briefly about his dreams of winning the coveted triple having faded away in the blink of an eye, saying, “He just got beat. I didn't have it. That's it, not much to say.” These exact comments came directly from the official ESPN website.

Since the Kentucky Derby which took place on May 6th at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, there’s been plenty of talk about Always Dreaming winning the Triple Crown, but we’ll just have to wait until next year to see if it can happen again. Some of the other notable Triple Crown winners over the years include Affirmed (1978), Seattle Slew (1977), Secretariat (1973 - fastest ever), Citation (1948), Assault (1946), Count Flee (1943), Whirlaway (1941) and War Admiral (1937).

The Triple Crown races include the Kentucky Derby (aka The Run for the Roses), the Preakness Stakes (The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans) and the Belmont Stakes (The Test of the Champion / The Run for the Carnations). The Preakness Stakes that took place on Saturday is an American flat thoroughbred horse race and it’s usually always held on the third Saturday in May each year and always at the same venue - Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

This Grade I race is run over a distance of 1 3⁄16 miles (9.5 furlongs or 1,900m). This is a left-handed, dirt surface track for 3-year-olds and this year’s purse was worth $1,500,000. The Belmont Stakes usually runs on the same third Saturday following the Preakness (first or second Saturday in June) and this event takes place at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The Belmont Stakes is the final and longest leg of the United States Triple Crown and this is also a left-handed, dirt track for 3-year-olds, its ran over a distance of 1 1⁄2 miles (12 furlongs) and the purse this year was also worth $1,500,000.00.