By Jim Dunleavy
BALTIMORE – Cloud Computing, given a beautiful stalking trip by jockey Javier Castellano, ran down Classic Empire in deep stretch of the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico to win by a head.
Always Dreaming, along the inside, and Classic Empire set the pace through relatively quick fractions of 23.16 seconds, 46.81, and 1:11.00. Classic Empire, under Julien Leparoux, got the best of the Kentucky Derby winner on the far turn, drew clear, but was outfinished by Cloud Computing.
Cloud Computing paid $28.80 and was timed in 1:55.98 for 1 3/16 miles over a track that had been upgraded from “good” to fast.
The win was the first in a Triple Crown event for Chad Brown, last year's Eclipse Award-winning trainer.
This is Castellano's second Preakness victory. He won the 2006 running aboard Bernardini.
Cloud Computing stalked the leaders while saving ground, came outside Classic Empire for the drive, and finished with determination to get up in time.
Cloud Computing was making his first start since finishing third to Irish War Cry and Battalion Runner in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 8. The son of Maclean's Music is now 2 for 4 in his young career.
Senior Investment finished third at 30-1, 4 3/4 lengths behind Classic Empire. It was a half-length farther back to Lookin At Lee in fourth. Gunnevera finished fifth.
Always Dreaming tired to finish eighth, beaten more than 13 lengths.