Sport: Preakness winner Cloud Computing to skip Belmont Stakes

With no Triple Crown in play, Belmont lacks a singular buzz

  With no Triple Crown in play, Belmont lacks a singular buzz Cloud Computing stole the Preakness, and any hope of a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. The 13-1 shot did it on six weeks' rest, having skipped the 20-horse roughhouse that is the Kentucky Derby even though he had enough points to get in that race. With another three weeks until the Belmont in New York, Cloud Computing could return to run on his home track."We haven't ruled it out," trainer Chad Brown said Sunday. "We're just going to evaluate the horse this week and probably by next weekend we may have a decision.

Cloud Computing (2), ridden by Javier Castellano, left, wins 142nd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course as Classic Empire (5) with Julien Leparoux aboard takes second, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Baltimore. © Matt Slocum, AP Cloud Computing (2), ridden by Javier Castellano, left, wins 142nd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course as Classic Empire (5) with Julien Leparoux aboard takes second, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Baltimore. NEW YORK (AP) Preakness winner Cloud Computing won't run in the Belmont Stakes, leaving the final leg of the Triple Crown without the winners of the first two races.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming also won't run in the 1+-mile Belmont on June 10 in New York.

Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Sunday that Cloud Computing would skip the Belmont, which had been expected.

Brown will still have a starter in the $1.5 million race: Twisted Tom, who won the Federico Tesio on April 22. Because Twisted Tom wasn't already nominated to the Triple Crown series, it will cost $75,000 to get him in the race. He will try to become the third gelding in history to win.

Other confirmed Belmont runners are Classic Empire, Japan-based Epicharis, J Boys Echo, Lookin At Lee, Senior Investment, Tapwrit and True Timber. Irap, Meantime and Multiplier are considered likely.

Also possible are Conquest Mo Money, Gormley, Hollywood Handsome, Irish War Cry and Patch.

The Belmont field is limited to 16 horses.

Likely favorite Classic Empire to miss Belmont with abscess .
Classic Empire is out of the Belmont Stakes because of an abscess in his right front foot. Trainer Mark Casse says the abscess found Wednesday is a recurrence of the same problem that bothered the colt after his loss in the Holy Bull in February. Classic Empire was expected to be the favorite for Saturday's 1½-mile finale of the Triple Crown series. (AP Photo/Garry Jones, File) NEW YORK — Classic Empire is out of the Belmont Stakes because of an abscess in his right front foot.

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