Seth Klarman, who said he became infatuated with horse racing as a kid, is one of the owners of Cloud Computing who outraced second-place finisher Classic Empire to the finish line in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico May 20.
"Certainly I'm not going to dispute the fact that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy", said Brown, last year's Eclipse Award-winning trainer, who scored his first ever win in a Triple Crown race. Sano said Gunnevera would be vanned back to Gulfstream Park West on Monday and freshened for a summer campaign in Saratoga, where last summer he won the Grade 2 Saratoga Special. He's such a great guy and he put a lot into this game.
Classic Empire dueled with Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming throughout most of the race before taking the lead turning for home. We were in the position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround (from the Derby) was a little too quick.
But Brown didn't even seem to even contemplate that this was his first Preakness - just another accomplishment for the 2016 Eclipse Award victor as most outstanding trainer who's a rising star in his field. His winning time of 1:55.98 paid $28.80 for a $2 bet. While handicappers figured the duo would be targeting each other early, they believed surely another horse would show speed and go for the lead. Brands victor Always Dreaming and last year's champion 2-year-old male Classic Empire both drew well with Posts 4 and 5 respectively, but being drawn side by side may have ultimately been their undoing. It was just the dark brown colt's second career victory.
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Bottas was later forced to stop his Mercedes when it started spouting smoke midway through the race. After getting away well, Hamilton was left behind by Vettel in the second phase of the start.
The final race in the Triple Crown series, the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, will be held June 10 in NY. Castellano won for the second time. "He ran his race, had a fair shot, just got beat", Casse said.
"He probably went pretty ambitiously at us and maybe cost himself the race", Pletcher said.
Classic Empire stood in second behind Always Dreaming until taking the lead at the top of the stretch. "He broke kind of awkwardly and hit the gate a little bit". Another is Cloud Computing, who figures to be sitting just off the leaders.
Classy trainer Todd Pletcher has met every media obligation during the almost two weeks he has spent in Baltimore, but he's a low-key media guy and he tried hard to keep the peace around Always Dreaming.
I have known the Casse family for nearly four decades and I really wanted to see them win a big one. "(Always Dreaming) ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day".
It didn't necessarily start out that way Saturday evening for Always Dreaming, a horse whose upward bolt seemed full of momentum when he won the Florida Derby by five lengths on April 1 and the Kentucky Derby by 2 3/4 on May 6. This whole two weeks in between the Derby and the Preakness is all about just refueling and keeping him healthy and happy. "The good news is both eyes are open this morning, which I knew was going to be the case because he didn't get all the dirt in the Preakness", he said with a laugh, referring to Classic Empire's eye being swollen shut the morning after the Kentucky Derby.