Curlin won the Preakness by a nose today in Baltimore, upsetting favored Street Sense and ending the Kentucky Derby champion's chances of capturing the first Triple Crown since 1978. Street Sense rallied to the lead in the stretch, but Curlin found another gear and slipped past in the final strides to take the victory in just his fifth career start.
Curlin, the third-place Derby finisher, returned $8.80 as the second choice in the nine-horse field. Jockey Robby Albarado, who had walked away from a dramatic spill on the track two races earlier, scored his first victory in a Triple Crown race. Derby runner-up Hard Spun took third in the Preakness.