BALTIMORE (AP) — Cloud Computing caught Classic Empire in the final strides to win the Preakness in an upset.
Angled extremely wide by jockey Jose Ortiz turning for home, No Mo Dough cut sharply to the inside while launching his rally. The stewards ruled that no other runners were impeded by the move, and let the result stand.
No Mo Dough rolled to a 2 3/4-length victory over Time to Travel. He paid $20 to win for the 9-1 upset.
It was the third win in four races for the colt making his stakes debut and it gave trainer Graham Motion his second win of the day.
Whitmore has found a home in sprint races.
A Triple Crown contender last year who finished 19th in the Kentucky Derby, Whitmore is 5 for 5 since shortening up to six furlongs.
He surged in the final strides to beat A.P. Indian by a half-length Saturday in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes at Pimlico.
Trained by Ron Moquett, the 4-year-old gelding was ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. He covered the distance in 1:09.90 and paid $4.40 to win as the 6-5 favorite.
In the $150,000 Gallorette Stakes for fillies and mares, Cambodia has earned her first stakes victory.
The 5-year-old ridden by Florent Geroux patiently stalked the pace set by 66-1 longshot Come to Mischief. Cambodia sprinted away from that tiring rival in the lane, powering to a two-length win over On Leave in the turf race.
Trained by Tom Proctor, Cambodia got her fourth win in 10 starts. She paid $11.20 to win.
The time was 1:44.35 for 1 1/16 miles.
Rain that fell Friday afternoon muddied up the main track at Pimlico, but it’s expected to be fast by the time the Preakness goes off around 6:48 p.m. The track was listed as “muddy” for the first few races of the day and upgraded to “good” by the time Race 9 went off.
Maryland Jockey Club president and general manager Sal Sinatra said he was pretty confident the track would be upgraded to “fast” even without sun to dry it out.
“It’s drying out pretty good,” Sinatra said. “I got here this morning and there was a lot of water on it. I think we’re in good shape.”
Recruiting Ready has extended his winning streak to three in a row with a 3¾-length victory in the $200,000 Chick Lang Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Pimlico.
It was also the third win on Saturday for jockey Horacio Karamanos.
Recruiting Ready improved his overall record to 4 for 9 for trainer Horacio DePaz. The colt paid $7.40 to win after running six furlongs in 1:10.35.
Aquamarine, trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, rallied up the rail to get second.
Yoshida added some international flair to the Preakness day undercard with a four-length victory in the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf.
The Japan-bred colt got his second win in three starts, all in the U.S., for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Yoshida paid $7.60 to win. He ran a mile in 1:36.83.