Cloud Computing barely edged out a victory over 2016 Champion Classic Empire, and now, all sites are on the Belmont Stakes, which will take place in three weeks in Elmont, New York.
So, who is supposed to be going to the Belmont after running in the Preakness? Here are tweets from Bloodhorse, DRF, and connections to confirm how the horses exited the race and what to expect in three weeks.
Multiplier, who finished sixth in the field, had a trouble trip and had to regroup in the homestretch, leaving him without moment to clos.
Cloud Computing, the desperate winner of the race, may not return to the races as soon as many would like. Chad Brown initially said he did not see the colt at a 1-1/2 mile horse, but would consider it if the horse was 100%. He now is weighing options.
Hence, the Sunland Derby winner, finished an uneventful ninth in the Preakness. The Equibase Chart said Hence was under urging around the turn but failed to respond and mount a challenge.
Always Dreaming, the astounding Kentucky Derby winner, finally got a challenge from a competent foe and failed to mount a serious challenge in the turn and homestretch. Could Pletcher not working his horse have hurt him more than helped him? The colt is either going to get a rest and go to Saratoga or go to the Belmont Stakes. It has not been confirmed either way. Either way, he is headed back to Pletcher’s home stable in New York.
Classic Empire, a devastating second in the Preakness, ran one of the best raced of his life to just miss by a nose. Norman Casse even says his horse thinks he won the race. Classic Empire went right out to the front with Always Dreaming and set it up perfectly for Cloud Computing to just catch him. Will we see the Pioneerof the Nile colt in the Belmont Stakes? Possibly, and possibly without blinkers!
Gunnevera, a flat fifth in the Preakness Stakes, will not go to the Belmont takes, as confirmed by Antonio Sano, the trainer of the Dialed in colt. The colt bled for the first time in his career during the Preakness Stakes, likely a cause of why he did not finish better. He is headed home to Florida to get some rest before Saratoga.
Term of Art, a lackluster performance in the Preakness when crossing the wire last of 10, is likely headed to California back to Doug O’Neill’s barn to regroup. The horse’s connection haven’t where the horse will appear next, but it is likely he will get a class relief.
Senior Investment, the Grade Three Lexington Stakes winner and the third place finisher in the Preakness, is headed to the Belmont, per trainer Kenny McPeek. The colt is a late grinding closer who needs pace and a long stretch to unleash himself. The colt was sent to the Preakness as a prep for the Belmont Stakes.
Lookin at Lee, a surprising second in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness, is headed to the Belmont. He left for New York on a van this morning from Pimlico. The horse, while only a two time winner, has amassed $942,795 in 11 starts.
Conquest Mo Money, 7th in the Preakness, is a possible contender in the Belmont Stakes. The horse skipped the Kentucky Derby and was supplemented to the Preakness after second place finishes in the Sunland Derby and the Arkansas Derby. The horse will only go if 100%, but for now, is being stabled at Fair Hill for some rest.
Remember, Irap and Gormley are being considered for the Belmont Stakes as well. Additionally, there is the Japanese horse, Epicharis, who was barely beaten in the UAE Derby behind Thunder Snow. There is rumor of Patch returning in the Belmont Stakes, but that is not confirmed.
Now, here are the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes for you to relive.