- Chris Costello
No Triple Crown this year as Always Dreaming takes the Derby and Cloud Computing steals the Preaknes
The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby didn't provide much drama as Always Dreaming, the favorite, won by 2 3/4 lengths. The rain and sloppy track couldn't stop the team of Todd Pletcher and John Velazquez winning their second Kentucky Derby and first, together. Heading into the second part of the triple crown at the Preakness, many people were thinking about history again as always. Always Dreaming was training well and really liking the track at Pimlico. I also suspected with a 10 horse field that Classic Empire was ready to show what he really could do and I was right. Classic Empire ran one hell of a race, gutsy and nothing to look back on. Team Casse came to Baltimore to win the Preakness, only to be upset and lose by a head to Cloud Computing and a perfect ride by who I consider to be the best jockey on the planet right now, Javier Castellano. Always Dreaming who led much of the race, faded at the end finishing a disappointing 8th. It was a another great weekend in Maryland as always; A big thanks to Costas Inn for having us and always having the best crabs in town. I also want to thank the gate crew. Every Preakness weekend I look forward to catching up with them. The crew and the starter, Bruce Wagner really put my Dad and I at ease during a busy weekend because they really are the best of the best at what they do. They take pride in what they do and their main goal always is the safety of the horses, jockeys, and crew. It's always a privilege to spend time with them and watch them in action. Thanks guys. Now, with the first two parts of the triple crown being split, people tend to get upset, say "no triple crown", and lose interest. It really shows you how hard it is to win the triple crown and it makes you respect the past champions a bit more. The Belmont Stakes is still going to be a great day. The card on Belmont Stakes day is fantastic and loaded with many great stake races that any racing fan would love. I look forward to seeing who will be there and run and win on the mile and half Big Sandy. See you there.