It came down to the wire at the 2012 Pimlico Special, but Alternation held off Nehro, winning by a hair in the 48th running of the Pimlico Special.
Alternation, ridden by jockey Luis Quinonez, wasn't exactly a surprise to win, ranked slightly behind favorite Mission Impazible at 4-1. Endorsement came in third. Nehro and Endorsement were each staked at 8-1 in the morning.
It's another notch in an impressive career for Alternation: the horse has now won eight of 13 races in which he has competed, which isn't bad by anybody's standards.
Either way, a photo finish in the first running of the race since 2008 isn't bad at all. Now all horse racing eyes can turn towards the real main event, tomorrow's Preakness.