While the connections of Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming saw their dream end in the 142nd Preakness Stakes, a Baltimore guy who grew just a few blocks from Pimlico Race Course, had one come true.
Lookin At Lee was last of 10 much of the 1 3/16-mile Preakness and at least 17 lengths behind Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming early on. "He was there, but it wasn't like he was dragging Johnny [Velazquez] there, actually".
"Do I think he's a mile-and-half horse?" "He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day".
They are called new shooters, gunslingers who didn't compete in the Kentucky Derby on the Triple Crown trail and want to fire a round at those who did. We analyzed the race and handicapped the race together, we had a lot of thoughts and put them together and I think that is the most important thing in a relationship.
If neither the Derby nor Preakness victor participates in the Belmont - as was the case in 2012 - the race figures to be a wide-open affair with a hodgepodge of also-rans from the first two races.
It was a cool, cloudy afternoon at Pimlico, where the overcast sky became representative of the mood of the record 140,327 fans when Always Dreaming's Triple Crown hopes ended at the aging Baltimore racetrack. He usually takes his Derby contenders back to his base in NY, skipping the Preakness and training until the Belmont.
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Instead, Cloud Computing co-owner Seth Klarman got to enjoy the greatest moment of his horse racing career at the track where he developed his love for the sport. The colt, named the best 2-year-old last year, had a hard trip in the Derby, starting with a collision out of the gate.
It helped that Javier Castellano handled Cloud Computing so well. Cloud Computing started at a tempting 12/1.
Always Dreaming, the colt owned by a Brooklyn lawyer that galloped to Kentucky Derby glory earlier this month, will bid to take another step towards greatness at the 142nd Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Saturday. Jockey John Velazquez said his horse did not have the same energy that allowed him to win the Kentucky Derby.
Cloud Computing owners, William Lawrence, left, and Seth Klarman hold the Woodlawn Vase after Cloud Computing riden by Javier Castellano won the 142nd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Baltimore.
"Certainly, I'm not going to dispute the face that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy", Brown said. Cloud Computing ran the mile and three sixteenths in a solid 1:55.98 on a track turned from muddy to fast late in the day, but is no cinch to run in the Belmont either. But stunning performances in the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby, followed by the quick 2-week turnaround between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, may have been too much to handle for Always Dreaming.
Casse said he would look "for the same thing we always look for" when making sure that the Belmont is the correct target for Classic Empire's next race.
The final race of the series for three year olds will be the Belmont in Elmont, New York, on June 10.
Always Dreaming won his previous four races and was unbeaten before this surprising loss. "We just really zeroed in on this race, and thankfully it worked out".