The veteran jockey actually rode Gunnevera in the Derby and was asked to do the same in the Preakness but opted to ride for Brown, who he works with regularly in NY.
Classic Empire fought on to the finish line, but could not hold off a fresh charging horse in Cloud Computing. The final time in the 1 3/16 mile race over a track rated fast was 1:55.98. "But all and all, he still ran a good race".
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The ownership duo also ran Practical Joke in the Kentucky Derby who produced a respectable fifth-place finish for the tandem.
When I lived in Louisville, Mark's late father Norman always kept me up-to-date about the future of horse racing in Florida.
Cloud Computing departed Pimlico on Sunday for a van ride to Belmont. The attendance was 140,327, breaking last year's record of 135,256.
After a comfortable win two weeks ago at the Kentucky Derby, Always Dreaming will look to move one step closer to history with a victory in the 2017 Preakness Stakes on Saturday evening at Pimlico Race Course. This time, he came as the owner of Cloud Computing, along with trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano. Always Dreaming, the 6-5 favorite in the field of 10, exhausted badly with John Velazquez in the saddle and finished eighth.
"I've always praised Bobby Frankel who taught me so much, " Brown said. The colt could have gone on to the Derby, but the trainer and owners thought it was wise to pass on running in a 20-horse race with such an inexperienced horse.
Oaklawn-raced horses made up half the field, but the day belonged to the horse who seemed too green to win the gold.
It would be the first time since 2010 that neither the Derby nor Preakness victor run in the Belmont. So I got the lead early, maybe too early. "He'll let us know how the horse is doing and his team".
Boulanger was pleased with how the winning trip panned out. "We were in a position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround was a little too quick". "Stu said you could do what you want with him". I don't say you learn to deal with it, especially in races like this. "Never imagined I'd own a horse, let alone be in the winner's circle of the Preakness". He ran really hard down the lane. The victor paid $8.60 to place and $6 to show. An 8-2-5 triactor (Unbridled Juan, $2.90 to show) returned $383.10. Classic Empire paid $4.40 for second and completed the $2 exacta of $98.40.
More Woodbine from Saturday - tough day for the handicappers as longshots ruled most ofthe day.
Last year, Lani finished third after running in all three legs of the Triple Crown.
The starter allowance was likely a bit far for Eminent Force while the victor ended 2016 with 3 straight wins and he is an Old Forester 5yo owned by Ryan Kerbel. Trainer Ken McPeek said the chestnut will van to Belmont Park to begin preparations for the Belmont S. -a race he won in a 70-1 upset with Sarava (Wild Again) in 2002. He'd won his first four by a combined 23¼ lengths. "The Belmont is tougher than this because the pace is very much slower. And I feel he won that race right in that first turn". Gary Boulanger rode and the Beyer Figure was 67.
Saturday was the first time Castellano and Cloud Computing hooked up, and it was a flawless fit that left the two favorites wondering exactly what happened.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez knew the Kentucky Derby victor was up against it early in the race.
"Certainly", winning trainer Chad Brown replied when asked by NBC's Bob Neumeier if the extra time helped him.
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13-1 shot Cloud Computing springs upset in Preakness
He listed the Travers in August at Saratoga as a major goal. "He starts seeing things and stops paying attention", said Casse. The ownership duo also ran Practical Joke in the Kentucky Derby who produced a respectable fifth-place finish for the tandem.