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Always Dreaming faded down the stretch, where Cloud Computing overtook second-favorite Classic Empire to win the 142nd Preakness States on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Cloud Computing wins the 142nd Preakness Stakes over Classic Empire

Cloud Computing (2), ridden by Javier Castellano, edges Classic Empire, with Julien Leparoux, to win the 142nd Preakness Stakes. (Mike Stewart / Associated Press)
Cloud Computing (2), ridden by Javier Castellano, edges Classic Empire, with Julien Leparoux, to win the 142nd Preakness Stakes. (Mike Stewart / Associated Press)

Everyone was saying it was a two horse race. Everyone was wrong.

Cloud Computing pulled the upset in Saturday’s running of the 142nd Preakness Stakes on Saturday under overcast skies on a fast track.

He caught the leaders down the stretch and overtook second-favorite Classic Empire to win by a nose and end the Triple Crown hopes of Always Dreaming, winner of the Kentucky Derby. Senior Investment finished third.

Always Dreaming and Classic Empire were the clear favorites among the record Pimlico Race Course crowd of 140,327, as well as simulcast bettors across the country.

Latest Preakness odds as post time approaches

Here are the latest odds on the Preakness Stakes as of 6 p.m. EDT.

1. Multiplier                     18-1

2. Cloud Computing         13-1

3. Hence                        20-1

4. Always Dreaming          7-5

5. Classic Empire              2-1

6. Gunnevera                    10-1

7. Term Of Art                  40-1

8. Senior Investment         25-1

9. Lookin At Lee                8-1

10. Conquest Mo Money    9-1

Preakness racing surface now labeled as fast

As expected, the racing surface at Pimlico Race Course has been upgraded to fast for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes.

An overnight rain left the track muddy when fans and horsemen arrived Saturday morning. But the lack of more precipitation and a steady wind dried out the track significantly.

It was still a little wet but not the slop that hindered horses two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby.

 

Latest Preakness odds, less than 2 hours to go

Here are the latest odds on the Preakness Stakes as of 5 p.m. EDT.

1. Multiplier                     18-1

2. Cloud Computing         13-1

3. Hence                        19-1

4. Always Dreaming          3-2

5. Classic Empire              2-1

6. Gunnevera                    10-1

7. Term Of Art                  40-1

8. Senior Investment         25-1

9. Lookin At Lee                8-1

10. Conquest Mo Money    9-1

Latest Preakness odds, with less than 3 hours to go

Here are the latest odds on the Preakness Stakes as of 4 p.m. EDT.

1. Multiplier                     18-1

2. Cloud Computing         13-1

3. Hence                        19-1

4. Always Dreaming          8-5

5. Classic Empire              2-1

6. Gunnevera                    10-1

7. Term Of Art                  40-1

8. Senior Investment         25-1

9. Lookin At Lee                8-1

10. Conquest Mo Money    9-1

Preakness racing surface upgraded to good

Three hours before the running of the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, the racing surface was upgraded from muddy to good.

It actually appeared the surface had improved several races earlier, but no change was made in its status until midday.

When asked whether the surface would improve enough to be rated fast by Preakness post, Sal Sinatra, Maryland Jockey Club president and general manager, said: "I'm pretty confident. I'm feeling good about it."

It hasn't rained all day, and a brisk wind has done its best to dry the track. The last rainfall was late Friday evening, which delayed the finish of the Baltimore Orioles game.

Preakness odds at less than 5 hours to go

Here are the latest odds on the Preakness Stakes as of 2 p.m. EDT.

1. Multiplier                     18-1

2. Cloud Computing         14-1

3. Hence                        19-1

4. Always Dreaming          3-2

5. Classic Empire              2-1

6. Gunnevera                    10-1

7. Term Of Art                  45-1

8. Senior Investment         25-1

9. Lookin At Lee                8-1

10. Conquest Mo Money    9-1

Latest Preakness odds, less than 6 hours to go

Here are the latest odds on the Preakness Stakes as of 1 p.m. EDT.

1. Multiplier                     18-1

2. Cloud Computing         14-1

3. Hence                        19-1

4. Always Dreaming          3-2

5. Classic Empire              2-1

6. Gunnevera                    10-1

7. Term Of Art                  45-1

8. Senior Investment         25-1

9. Lookin At Lee                8-1

10. Conquest Mo Money    9-1

Latest Preakness odds, less than 7 hours to go

Here are the latest odds on the Preakness Stakes as of noon EDT.

1. Multiplier                     18-1

2. Cloud Computing         15-1

3. Hence                        20-1

4. Always Dreaming          7-5

5. Classic Empire              2-1

6. Gunnevera                    0-1

7. Term Of Art                  45-1

8. Senior Investment         25-1

9. Lookin At Lee                8-1

10. Conquest Mo Money    9-1

Latest Preakness odds, less than 8 hours to go

Here are the latest odds on the Preakness Stakes as of 11:15 p.m. EDT.

1. Multiplier                     18-1

2. Cloud Computing         15-1

3. Hence                        20-1

4. Always Dreaming          3-2

5. Classic Empire              2-1

6. Gunnevera                     9-1

7. Term Of Art                  45-1

8. Senior Investment         25-1

9. Lookin At Lee                 8-1

10. Conquest Mo Money   10-1

Preakness Field: 10. Conquest Mo Money

Trainer: Miguel Hernandez

Jockey: Jorge Carreno

Owner: Judge Lanier Racing

Morning Line: 15-1

Last race: Second in the Arkansas Derby

Why he’ll win: He’s probably the best early speed in the race, and if he can throw down honest fractions he might be able to hold on and steal the race, especially if Always Dreaming and Classic Empire flatten out. He’s got five weeks of rest so that should help.

Why he’ll lose: He got run down by Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby at 1 1/8-miles. And lost the Sunland Derby, also at 1 1/18 miles, to Hence. His only real negative is if he has the stamina to go the extra distance beyond 1 1/16 miles.

Preakness Field: 9. Lookin at Lee

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Owner: L and N Racing

Morning Line: 10-1

Last race: Second in Kentucky Derby

Why he’ll win: Second place in the Kentucky Derby normally gets you more love than this horse is getting. His sire, Lookin at Lucky, won the Preakness in 2010. He finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile so he has performed in the big races.

Why he’ll lose: He had an absolutely perfect rail trip in the Kentucky Derby, which is unlikely to be duplicated in the Preakness. He’s a good horse but seems just a cut below the top horses in this race.

Preakness Field: 8. Senior Investment

Trainer: Kenneth McPeak

Jockey: Channing Hill

Owner: Fern Circle Stables

Morning Line: 30-1

Last race: Won the Lexington Stakes

Why he’ll win: In the unlikely event there are torrid early fractions by the best horses, he could pick up the pieces with a late rally. He’s fresh, having not raced in five weeks.

Why he’ll lose: He seems way over his head against this level of competition. The only major prep he ran was the Louisiana Derby, where he finished sixth. Not sure why he’s here.

Preakness Field: 7. Term of Art

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Owner: Calumet Farm

Morning Line: 30-1

Last race: Seventh in the Santa Anita Derby

Why he’ll win: He’s fresh with six weeks since his last start. He was third in the San Felipe behind Mastery and Iliad, both off the trail because of injury. He has added blinkers, which could make a difference. He could definitely grab a paycheck passing tiring horses in the stretch.

Why he’ll lose: He’s never shown he can win at this level or really even compete with the top echelon. Trainer Doug O’Neill didn’t plan on entering him in the Preakness until Calumet Farm suggested it. O’Neill didn’t even get to Pimlico until late Friday and didn’t send his top assistant Leandro Mora to Baltimore to supervise the horse this week.

Preakness Field: 6. Gunnevera

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: Mike Smith

Owner: Peacock Racing Stables

Morning Line: 15-1

Last race: Seventh in the Kentucky Derby

Why he’ll win: If he can keep from getting too far behind, he could repeat his stellar performance in the Fountain of Youth. He’s got the best big money rider in Mike Smith aboard and that’s a plus. Along with Lookin at Lee, he’s the most experienced colt, making his 11th start.

Why he’ll lose: The shorter distance coupled with his late charging style makes it pretty difficult to gain a lot of ground late against such talent as Always Dreaming and Classic Empire. Jockey Jose Castellano got off the horse to ride Cloud Computing.

Preakness Field: 5. Classic Empire

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Owners: John C. Oxley

Morning line: 3-1

Last race: Fourth in the Kentucky Derby

Why he’ll win: He had an absolutely horrible trip in the Kentucky Derby, getting slammed by McCraken after he was slammed by Irish War Cry. Recovering the finish fourth was quite an accomplishment. He was the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion and won the Arkansas Derby, so he’s got lots of talent. His post gives him tactical advantage over Always Dreaming.

Why he’ll lose: Sometimes after a horse has a really tough trip, it doesn't come back in the next race. It’s more mental than physical. He may run his race and still not beat Always Dreaming, who is equally, if not more, talented.

Preakness Field: 4. Always Dreaming

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Owners:  MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St. Elias Stables, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds

Morning Line: 4-5

Last race: Won the Kentucky Derby

Why he’ll win: He’s likely be the best horse. It’s no easy feat to win the Kentucky Derby, and he did it will a trouble-free trip. Todd Pletcher says the horse has been training perfectly and in great health and spirit. His early speed and stalking ability will keep him out of trouble.

Why he’ll lose: A lot of good horses were compromised in the Derby by the track conditions. He was never really threatened so you didn’t get to see how he would handle the pressure. He’s a 3-year-old, and strange things can happen.

Preakness Field: 3. Hence

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Florent Geroux

Owner: Calumet Farm

Morning line:  20-1

Last race: 11th in the Kentucky Derby

Why he’ll win: He was the wise-guy choice in the Derby, so a few people saw something that wasn’t necessarily evident on paper. He’s got a good trainer in Steve Asmussen and a good jockey in Florent Geroux. He had a 97 Beyer speed in winning the Sunland Derby.

Why he’ll lose: Winning the Sunland Derby is not a steppingstone to much. He never got any traction in the Derby, and it’s unknown whether it’s a product of the track or the horse.

Preakness Field: 2. Cloud Computing

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Owners: Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence

Morning Line: 12-1

Last race: Third in the Wood Memorial six weeks ago.

Why he’ll win: The trainer-jockey combination of Chad Brown and Javier Castellano is a big plus. The horse qualified for the Kentucky Derby but was instead pointed to this race. His second in the Gotham Stakes posted a 96 Beyer speed rating.

Why he’ll lose: He is very lightly raced with only three starts. He hasn’t won since his first race, a maiden sprint. 

Preakness Field: 1. Multiplier

Trainer: Brendan Walsh

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Owners: American Equistock

Morning line: 30-1

Last race: Won the Illinois Derby four weeks ago.

Why he’ll win: He has won his last two races, including the Grade 3 Illinois Derby, so we don’t know how good he can be. It’s a tall order to step up to this competition, but Always Dreaming won the Florida Derby in his first stakes race.

Why he’ll lose: He didn’t run at all as a 2-year-old, and four races may not be enough. The horses he beat in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne would not be considered stellar. His speed figures are very mediocre for a race of this magnitude.

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