Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Preakness Winner Won't Run in Belmont Stakes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Preakness Winner Won't Run in Belmont Stakes

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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.

Vettel wins Monaco Grand Prix * Sebastian Vettel beat Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen to win the Monaco Grand Prix and comfortably extend his lead at the top of the standings to 25 points.

It was the four-time F1 champion's third win of the season and 45th of his career, as well as Ferrari's first in Monaco since Michael Schumacher Vettel's childhood idol in 2001.

"Unbelievable. It was a very tense race," Vettel said. "It's very, very special to win here. We're going to have a very fun night."

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished third, ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

It was a bad weekend for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton who is second behind Vettel in the standings finishing seventh after starting from 13th because of a poor qualifying session.

"Missing out on a Monaco podium is painful," Bottas said. "It's been a really tough weekend for us and we've just been missing pace. …

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