May 22, 2017
In a major upset, “Cloud Computing,” who began the race a 13-to-1 long-shot, defeated Kentucky Derby and post-time favorite “Always Dreaming” to become the fourth horse in the last 34 years to win the Preakness after skipping the Kentucky Derby.
“Cloud Computing” crossed the finish line just a head in front of second-place horse, Classic Empire, with a winning time of 1:55.98.
In fourth was “Lookin at Lee.” Then it was “Gunnevera.” In 6th place you'll see “Multiplier.” Seventh was “Conquest Mo Money'. Kentucky Derby winner “Always Dreaming” finished in eighth place. “Hence” took ninth, with “Term of Art” finishing in the final tenth place spot.
Members of the “Cloud Computing” owner’s group talked with the press after the 13-to-1 long shot captured the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
The 142nd Preakness produced all-time records in both handle and attendance. The total handle for the 14-race program that included eight stakes, four graded, was $97,168,658, a 3% increase over last year’s betting total.
Despite ominous clouds during the day, a record 140,327 people showed up to celebrate the second jewel of the Triple Crown. That number easily surpassed last year’s record attendance of 135,256.
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