Always Dreaming faded down the stretch, where Cloud Computing overtook second-favorite Classic Empire to win the 142nd Preakness States on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

Five story lines to follow as Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming heads to the Preakness Stakes

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Last year, the Preakness Stakes was labeled as the next meeting in the intense rivalry between two West Coast colts, Nyquist and Exaggerator, who ran first and second, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby.

Exaggerator turned the tables and won the Preakness, with Nyquist finishing third. Southern California racing was on top.

This year, the thinking is the exact opposite, and it’s the absence of California horses that is so glaring.

What’s that old blues song — if it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all?

The latest blow came Sunday when Royal Mo suffered a sesamoid fracture of his right front ankle during his last workout before Saturday’s Preakness.

There was no initial indication that there was additional damage to the area around the fracture. He was vanned to the New Bolton Center, where the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Center is located.

The injury is certainly career-ending, but if there are no complications, it will not be life-ending and he will be retired to the breeding shed.

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