Heading South down Route 83 toward Baltimore, you pass a sign for the Inner Harbor and Pimlico. I don’t know how long it’s been there, but I know it’s not useful. People only need to find the aging race track one, maybe two days a year. That tradition — running the Preakness at the track it has called home dating back to 1873, and consistently since 1909 — should probably end. I actually wrote a few years ago that I didn’t think the race would or should ever leave, and I’m here to say I was wrong.
BALTIMORE — It wasn’t a two-horse race after all. At least not at the end. Cloud Computing shocked the favored Always Dreaming and primary rival Classic Empire, winning the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. Just the third non-Kentucky Derby runner to win the second leg of the Triple Crown since 2000, Chad Brown’s colt edged Classic Empire in a photo finish, covering the 1 3/16 miles in 1 minute, 55 seconds. He was a 12-1 choice on the morning line.