With no Triple Crown in play, Belmont lacks a singular buzz

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With no Triple Crown in play, Belmont lacks a singular buzz

There will be no Triple Crown victor for the second year in a row.

Cloud Computing, a horse owned by a couple of hedge-fund managers, won the 142nd Preakness Stakes on Saturday, edging out the more traditionally named Classic Empire at the wire.

"It's a dream come true".

The Pimlico race was only the fourth in the career of the colt who finished second in the Gotham Stakes (G3) and third in the Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2) after breaking his maiden for trainer Chad Brown. 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.

When the Derby victor fails to win the Preakness, the next best thing that can be hoped for is a rematch with the Preakness victor in the Belmont Stakes. But the Preakness came to tell another story, and that involved Seth Klarman, who owns the colt with William Lawrence.

Klarman is "a long-term value investor".

"Absolutely", Brown said. "Such a rare race, Triple Crown race, and a huge part for me, for our team, for our clientele". "He deserves all the credit". "Particularly Seth, he's put so much time and money into the game". He grew up in Baltimore.

Casse said the stable "will be looking for the same thing we always look for", as far as making sure the Belmont is the right decision.

The ownership duo also ran Practical Joke in the Kentucky Derby who produced a respectable fifth-place finish for the tandem.

In the Preakness, Klarman watched Cloud Computing cover the 1 3/16-miles in a winning 1:55.98 as a 14-1 starter (he paid $28.80 to win) with Classic Empire finishing second and Senior Investment third. He and Brown devised a plan to go to the rail (Cloud Computing was in the No. 2 gate) and save ground while the favorites broke at a frenzied pace.

Klarman had no regrets passing on the Derby.

Winning jockey Javier Castellano, who won the Preakness in 2006 aboard Bernardini for his previous Triple Crown success, said the victory would be treasured by his entire racing family. Castellano finished the mile and three-sixteenth race in 1 minute 59.98 seconds at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.

A strong possibility exists that even Cloud Computing will bypass the Belmont Stakes. Classic Empire was a very unlucky second.

When Cloud Computing was eye to eye with Classic Empire, the victor of the Arkansas Derby dug in but didn't have enough left, losing by a head to the strong finishing 13-1 shot.

Neither Pletcher nor Brown has ruled the June 10 Belmont Stakes in or out. Trainer Todd Pletcher also favors long layoffs, although he made an exception to run Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming back in two weeks. 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.

Trainer Mark Casse said Classic Empire is being pointed toward the Belmont, barring any unforeseen developments. He went off as the 2-1 second choice. By the top of the stretch, Always Dreaming appeared he'd be able to at least finish in the exacta, but within a few lengths down the stretch, he began to fade sharply. "Our strategy was if we are going to ever beat them, stick "em on two weeks" rest and we have six, and it worked".

The Kentucky Derby has 20 horses every year because it is impossible to resist.

"Julien rode him flawless", he said. I feel this is for him. He didn't win any of those races. "It was a good trip; it was the one we wanted".

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