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Jockeys Albarado and Perret finalists on Hall of Fame ballot

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Jockeys Robby Albarado and Craig Perret are among the 11 finalists on the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ballot.

The other finalists are jockeys Javier Castellano, Victor Espinoza and Garrett Gomez; trainers Mark Casse, John Shirreffs and David Whiteley; and thoroughbreds Gio Ponti, Goldikova and Kona Gold.

Albarado, who began riding in 1990, has won 5,026 races, with purse earnings of more than $206 million. Perret won 4,415 races, with purse earnings of more than $113 million in a career that spanned from 1967-2005.

Perret was the Eclipse Award winner for outstanding jockey in 1990, three years after one of his crowning achievements. He won the 1987 Belmont Stakes by 14 lengths aboard Bet Twice, denying Alysheba the Triple Crown.

Results of the voting will be announced April 24. Induction is scheduled for Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs.

Cloud Computing wins Preakness Stakes, ends Always Dreaming’s Triple Crown bid

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The bid for the Triple Crown is over.

Cloud Computing won the 142nd Preakness Stakes in 1.55.98, successfully ending Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite Always Dreaming’s Triple Crown run and upsetting multiple favorites.

Classic Empire and Always Dreaming bolted out in front early, splitting the lead multiple times in the first ½ mile, but Cloud Computing made a late run for trainer Chad Brown’s first Preakness win and jockey Javier Castellano’s second Preakness win.

Classic Empire finished second, Senior Investment finished third, and Always Dreaming finished outside the top 5.

Cloud Computing did not run in the Kentucky Derby, but came into the race with 14-1 odds.

Brown is not the only one who has a special connection to this win. Seth Klarman, one of Cloud Computing’s owners, is a Baltimore-native that grew up watching horse racing at Pimlico. The trainer also revealed that the strategy was to wait behind Always Dreaming and make a late move for the lead.

Always Dreaming ran away from the competition in four consecutive victories this year, winning by a combined 23 ¼ lengths, but could not outmatch Cloud Computing down the stretch. Two years ago, American Pharoah became the first horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 37 years, earning a Triple Crown win.

Contributing: Associated Press

2017 Preakness Stakes: Eddie Olczyk makes his picks

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Not sure who to pick this afternoon at the Preakness? Eddie Olczyk has your back. Here are Eddie’s picks: 

Race 8: 2-4-6

Race 9: 5-4

Race 10: 2-10-6-3

Race 11: 2-5

Race 12: 7-10-4-3

Race 13: 5-4-9-10-1

Coverage of the 2017 Preakness Stakes begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, which you can stream here.