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Cloud Computing pulls upset in Preakness

Cloud Computing’s owner, Seth Klarman, grew up just three blocks from Pimlico Race Track.

Perhaps the Triple Crown dream was shattered for Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, but another dream was realized for one of Baltimore’s own.

Seth Klarman grew up just three blocks from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and in the second leg of the Triple Crown his long-shot horse Cloud Computing stormed down the track on the final stretch to win the race.

Coming into the day, everything was about the battle between the Derby-winning Always Dreaming and the 2016 Two-Year-Old Champion horse Classic Empire, but Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano guided Cloud Computing through a perfect race before taking the victory.

Starting from the No. 2 stall, Cloud Computing stayed near the rail and a few length behind the two favorites for much of the race. It even slipped back to fourth in the race for a brief time, but once Classic Empire looked like it was going to pull away during the final turn and into the homestretch, Cloud Computing moved inside. From there, it darted ahead of Always Dreaming, cut it off to prevent a second push towards the front and then took off.

It was just a two-horse race down the home stretch and by the end of it, Cloud Computing got just half a head of Classic Empire to steal the victory with a 1:55:98 time.

Baltimore has been the gateway city for the Triple Crown, but while 2017 won’t produce another winner, Baltimore got its big win. Baltimore has long been a part of horse racing history, and horse racing has long been a part of Baltimore history. Still, despite another record crowd of 140,327 at the 142nd race, the Preakness’ future in the city has long been questioned but has reached scalding temperatures lately and a move to from the historic track in the city to the smaller Laurel Park in the suburbs has been talked about more and more. But at least the day was a victory for Baltimore in some way.

Klarman was born in New York City, but his family moved to Baltimore when he was just six years old. His father was a public health economist at Johns Hopkins University and his mother was a high school teacher.

The race had another huge crowd to show its support of horse racing and the horse owner who was raised in Baltimore won, further proving, that the Preakness is still Baltimore’s biggest event.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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