Cloud Computing Conquers Classic Empire in Preakness Stakes

The lightly raced colt edged 2-1 second betting choice Classic Empire by a head in the race’s last strides.

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Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Cloud Computing tracked a hotly contested pace duel between Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire into the far turn before launching a determined stretch run and pulling off a12-1 upset in Saturday’s 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The lightly raced colt, who had won only one of three previous starts, edged 2016 juvenile male champion and 2-1 second betting choice Classic Empire by a head while awarding trainer Chad Brown with his first success in a Triple Crown event.

“I was thinking about this in the winner’s circle; I’ve always praised my mentor Bobby Frankel, who taught me so much,” said Brown, who served as a longtime assistant to Frankel before going out on his own. “And it just seems like he’s won every race but the Derby and Preakness, really. This is the only race that eluded him in his unbelievable career. I feel this is for him, at least from my viewpoint. And without his mentorship, I certainly wouldn’t be here.”

The 142nd Preakness produced all-time records in both handle and attendance. The total handle for the 14-race program that included eight stakes, four graded, was $97,168,658, a 3% increase over last year’s betting total of $94,127,434. A crowd of 140,327 eclipsed the 2016 attendance of 135,256

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