There will be no Triple Crown this year.
Cloud Computing captured the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, beating Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and the rest of the 10-horse field.
Classic Empire finished in second and couldn't hold off the victor at the end.
NBC Sports shared Saturday's race:
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While Cloud Computing won, Classic Empire and Always Dreaming paced the field for the majority of the race before the Kentucky Derby winner faded. It looked as if Classic Empire then had a clear path to the win, but Cloud Computing sprinted past him at the end and captured the victory.
Despite Cloud Computing's triumph, the story coming into the race was Always Dreaming's pursuit of the Triple Crown after jockey John Velazquez rode him to victory at the Kentucky Derby. Velazquez took full advantage of the longer course (1 1/4 miles) at Churchill Downs to win the 20-horse Derby, but Always Dreaming didn't hold up at the shorter track at Pimlico (1 3/16 miles).
As a result, American Pharoah (2015) will remain the only horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978, at least until next year's crop of competitors attempt to join the history books.
Always Dreaming's failure to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown does take some of the suspense away from the Belmont Stakes on June 10.
However, the event at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, always attracts a formidable field, and fans may get the opportunity to see Always Dreaming and Classic Empire challenge Cloud Computing once again in the high-stakes race.
For now, though, Cloud Computing and his team will celebrate their Preakness victory.