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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.

Trainer Todd Pletcher says Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is ready to 'stretch his neck' at Preakness

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(Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

This year’s Preakness has lacked the buzz and lifeblood that sometimes can accompany the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

There is no freak of nature horse.

There is no outrageous trainer.

There is no one who really believes a major upset is possible.

The civility of everyone is stifling.

It’s a perfect fit for Todd Pletcher and his Kentucky Derby-winning horse, Always Dreaming.

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