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.
He embarrassed himself after the 2014 Belmont Stakes by complaining bitterly about the common practice of entering fresh horses in the later Triple Crown races to ambush the Derby victor.
Cloud Computing stole the Preakness, and any hope of a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. We had a plan and we were sticking to the plan and it worked out great. Cloud Computing, sent off at odds just over 13-1, settled in behind leaders Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, allowing the race to unfold before him.
Trainer Mark Casse said Classic Empire was a better horse Saturday than he had been two weeks earlier.
"He's a horse we've liked for a long time", said Ryan, who watched the Preakness from his hotel room as he interspersed watching pre-sale workout videos with the Pimlico races.
"I would imagine they are going to target us and the target is right next to you", Pletcher said. Always Dreaming finished eighth. Numerous record crowd of 140,327 were sure it was a two-horse race as the field went down the backstretch.
Brown already had won eight Breeders' Cup races, but Cloud Computing was just his sixth starter in any of the Triple Crown races: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont.
"It has sunk in", the 38-year-old Brown said. Senior Investment, a 31-1 shot, got through on the inside and edged Lookin At Lee by a half-length for third.
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He thought about late mentor Bobby Frankel, who came to Pimlico four times and never hit the board in the Preakness. Castellano - the soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee - won the 2006 Preakness Stakes aboard Bernardini.
"My father was a jockey for 25 years, my uncle, my brother". "It's great for the family". Classic Empire held on for second. Always Dreaming took a slight lead with Classic Empire on his flank. As far as the pedigree is concerned, Cloud Computing has some things going for him.
Always Dreaming was the first to throw in the towel, surrendering the lead to Classic Empire midway around the final turn.
Always Dreaming stopped so suddenly, there will be those that say the only reason Always he won the Derby was because he had a dream trip along the Churchill Downs assembly-line rail that allowed numerous winners on the day prior to and on Derby Day to hang on longer than they should have. We were in the position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround (from the Derby) was a little too quick.
"Today is a special day", Castellano told broadcaster NBC just after the race. "The only thing is, Always Dreaming backed out of the race early". Classic Empire was well ahead and had put away his top rival.
"Certainly I'm not going to dispute the fact that I brought a fresh horse as part of our strategy", he said. "I think possibly some of the reason that we won was because we were patient and didn't throw an inexperienced horse against a 20-horse field in the Derby on a very hard track". He was unable to reproduce his Kentucky Derby effort when coming back in two weeks at Pimlico. "Was a big fan of racing from a kid and came to the Preakness many, many times". "We just got beat".
"Possibly some of the reason that we won today was because we were patient and didn't throw an inexperienced horse against a 20-horse field in the Derby on a very hard track", said Klarman, who grew up three blocks from Pimlico Race Course. Senior Investment returned $10.20 and completed the $2 trifecta of $2,194.60. Lookin At Lee (Controversy swirls after alleged collusion with Russian Horses to affect race outcome).
"I started out as a teenager handicapping, enjoying the races, enjoying the athletic performances and enjoying the puzzle of trying to figure out who might win a race", Klarman said. Lawrence, who went to Shaker High in suburban Albany, is the CEO of Meridian Capital Partners, a prominent hedge fund. Klarman, 59, is known as a value investing legend and manages $30 billion in assets. "This is gambling. It's really been a thrill and this is the highlight of our career so far as thoroughbred owners". Gunnevera (fifth in Preakness) and Hence (ninth in Preakness) won't run in the Belmont.