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Cloud Computing takes Preakness as Derby victor Always Dreaming fades

21 May 2017

The 142nd Preakness Stakes hors.

He paced in front of his Kentucky Derby winner's No. 40 stall on Saturday evening, about an hour before the race, chatting on his cell phone as though it was just another day at the office.

The most recent horse to win the Preakness without running in the Kentucky Derby was Rachel Alexandra in 2009 after long shot Mine That Bird won that year's Run for the Roses.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Cloud Computing ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98 and paid $28.80, $8.60 and $6.

Always Dreaming, who was seeking the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby, finished eighth after holding the lead for much of the race. They had watched Cloud Computing's first three races, all this year at Aqueduct, and had noted his excellent look and his capacity to overcome hard starts.

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World Approval has won the $250,000 Dixie, the oldest stakes race held at Pimlico Race Course. He was eighth, nearly 14 lengths behind the victor. The victory pushed his career earnings over $1.1 million.

Less than an hour before post time, Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming was the 7-5 favorite for the Preakness, as trainer Todd Pletcher looked to win his fourth consecutive race.

Always Dreaming drew the fourth gate when the race's post positions were announced Wednesday. Two years ago, American Pharoah became the first horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 37 years.

No Mo Dough survived a lengthy stewards' inquiry to win the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes for 3-year-olds at Pimlico.

Lookin At Lee is a closer who could come running late under Lanerie. Hence (20-1) 4. Always Dreaming (4-5) 5.

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The dark bay colt was never challenged in winning the Kentucky Derby by 2 ¾ lengths on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs.

Whitmore has found a home in sprint races. "Slammed by McCraken at the start of the Derby, he gamely rallied to finish fourth but came out of the race looking like a heavyweight fighter, with cuts and a swollen eye", Melissa Hoppert wrote in the New York Times.

He surged in the final strides to beat A.P. Indian by a half-length Saturday in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes at Pimlico. "With a clean trip, he is the big threat to Always Dreaming". Sports will televise beginning at 5 p.m., with post time approximately 6:45-6:50.

It was also an unpredictable day on the track for gamblers.

"It's drying out pretty good", Sinatra said.

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"I'm someone who has been in a lot of races and lost a lot of races, so I know you don't want to be overconfident", trainer Todd Pletcher said, "but I do feel very, very good about the way he's coming into it".

Cloud Computing takes Preakness as Derby victor Always Dreaming fades