Cloud Computing pulls surprise to win Preakness

Cloud Computing pulled off a major surprise in the Preakness Stakes in Maryland on Saturday, charging down the stretch to overtake Classic Empire and win the second race of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

Classic Empire, a 2-1 second choice, looked in command but finished second by a nose behind 13-1 rated Cloud Computing, with 30-1 longshot Senior Investment taking third.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming ran alongside Classic Empire in a leading duel through most of the mile and 3/16th race but faded at the end to finish eighth in the 10-horse field on a fast track at Pimlico Race Course.

Cloud Computing was competing in his first race since the Wood Memorial six weeks ago. The horses who competed at Churchill Downs had just a two-week layoff.

Cloud Computing paid $28.80, $8.60, $6.00 for a $2 bet, while Classic Empire paid $4.40, $4.00 and Senior Investment $10.20.

The final race of the three year old series will be the Belmont in Elmont, New York, on June 10.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York, editing by Gene Cherry/Greg Stutchbury)