Preakness Stakes Diaries: Magnificent Maryland

The Life
Cloud Computing edged past champion Classic Empire in the final jump to win the 142nd Preakness Stakes in thrilling fashion. (Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

The Preakness Stakes is all about fun: the middle jewel of the Triple Crown is a celebration of sport, music, and style with a festival atmosphere surrounding the best racing in the nation.

This year’s Preakness lived up to the hype as a record crowd flocked to Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course to see if Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands winner Always Dreaming could keep the fantasy alive for a Triple Crown bid. While Always Dreaming wasn’t able to capture the Preakness, the race was still a thriller as Cloud Computing edged Classic Empire in a fantastic stretch duel to win the 142nd edition of Maryland's classic race.

In the slideshow below, I’ll walk you through my day at Pimlico on an unforgettable Preakness afternoon.

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