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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.

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May 20, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing (2) wins the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes past John Velazquez aboard Always Dreaming (4) at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing raises the trophy after winning the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: The field breaks from the gate at the start of the LARC Sir Baron Stakes on Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. No Mo Dough #5, ridden by Jose Ortiz, won the race. (Photo by Dan Heary/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: A woman wearing a hat adorned with pins and ribbons from previous Preakness Stakes Day walks through the grandstand on Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.(Photo by Douglas DeFelice/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
May 20, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing wins the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Actor Kevin Spacey (C) looks on from the infield prior to the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Fans pose for a photo as LoCash (not pictured) performs in the infield prior to the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Artist Sam Hunt performs in the infield prior to the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
May 15, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Gunnevera (L) walks on the track during workouts in preparation for the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing celebrates in the winners circle after the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18: Cloud Computing jogs in preparation for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Horsephotos/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Horses race in an undercard race on Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.(Photo by Douglas DeFelice/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Race fans watch as horses exit the gate at the start of an undercard race on Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.(Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
May 20, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing celebrates in the winners circle after the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing races John Velazquez aboard Always Dreaming and Mike E. Smith aboard Gunnevera in turn four during the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Javier Castellano #2 rider of Cloud Computing celebrates after winning the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Cloud Computing #2 ridden by Javier Castellano (L) beats Classic Empire #5 ridden by Julien Leparoux to win the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: The field enters turn two in the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Cloud Computing #2 ridden by Javier Castellano overtakes Classic Empire #5 and Julien Leparoux to win the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Cloud Computing #2 ridden by Javier Castellano celebrates after winning the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Cloud Computing #2 ridden by Javier Castellano (L) beats Classic Empire #5 ridden by Julien Leparoux to win the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: A colorfully dressed man wears a breast cancer awareness pin on Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.(Photo by Douglas DeFelice/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Cloud Computing #2 ridden by Javier Castellano (L) beats Classic Empire #5 ridden by Julien Leparpux to win the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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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)

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