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Walsh, Mullins team up for 4 winners at Cheltenham Festival

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CHELTENHAM, England (AP) Jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins ended their drought at the Cheltenham Festival by teaming up for four victories on a day to savor for Irish racing on Thursday.

For the first time at the prestigious meeting, there were six Irish winners in succession.

Walsh and Mullins were at the forefront after failing to gain a single victory over the first two days, with Nichols Canyon, Yorkhill, Let’s Dance, and Un De Sceaux all winning.

The odds on that happening were 179-1.

Mullins reached the 50 Festival winners with Un De Sceaux’s victory in the Ryanair Chase.

Walsh took his number of winners at British jump-racing’s top event to 56.

Nichols Canyon beat odds-on favorite Unowhatimeanharry to win the Stayers’ Hurdle, the signature race of the day.

The highlight of the week, the Gold Cup, takes place on Friday.

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.