Amid all the hype, amid all the anticipation, another possible Triple Crown bid ended in a way no one expected.
Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and expected rival Classic Empire, the two big favorites, ran a match race for less than a mile with Empire in perfect stalking position. Midway on the far turn it was clear that Always Dreaming just couldn’t keep up.
Classic Empire was all set to win the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course with a three-length lead entering the stretch. But then he started to lose ground to Cloud Computing, who moved off the rail and just passed Classic Empire on the outside at the wire.