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Instant analysis of Cloud Computing's upset in 142nd Preakness

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How our experts saw the 142nd Preakness:

Childs Walker, reporter: We saw exactly the race we expected at first, with Classic Empire and Always Dreaming running side by side. But the Derby champ tired badly, and it looked like Classic Empire had it. Then we saw the upset scenario many predicted, with a horse swooping in at the end. It was just a touch surprising it was Cloud Computing instead of Gunnevera.

Peter Schmuck, columnist: There will be no Triple Crown this year, which is a particularly disappointing outcome for the people who put on the Belmont Stakes, but let's keep in mind how difficult it is to win one Triple Crown race, much less two or three. The owners of Always Dreaming have every reason to regret their horse's late fade in the Preakness, but it still is a special horse and there are other big races ahead. Great day, of course, for owner and Baltimore native Seth Klarman, who grew up just blocks from Pimlico and got to achieve his greatest horse racing triumph in his hometown.

Don Markus, reporter: What looked for awhile like a classic showdown between the two favorites, Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, was wiped out by the stretch run by 13-1 longshot Cloud Computing. Given that he beat Classic Empire by a head, it was still a memorable finish.  

Jonas Shaffer, reporter: With Cloud Computing giving Seth Klarman a Preakness win, it's a classic story of: Local Baltimore kid grows up near Pimlico, works hard, goes to prestigious universities, climbs ladder in finance world, runs multibillion-dollar hedge fun, wins Preakness.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: What a great race. Always Dreaming and Classic Empire engaged in the duel we wanted to see, but Always Dreaming couldn't keep up the pace. And in swooped Cloud Computing to win by a head in a thrilling finish. Who could ask for anything more?

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