Creative Cause finished third in the Preakness, an afterthought in the duel to the wire between winner I'll Have Another and Bodemeister.
It was an improvement over Creative Cause's fifth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, but hardly a satisfying outcome for trainer Mike Harrington.
"He just got outrun," Harrington said. "He always brings his best race. He just couldn't outrun those horses today. What can you do?"
Harrington had no complaints about the effort of jockey Joel Rosario, who had Creative Cause in second place at the three-quarter pole but finished 8 3/4 lengths behind Bodemeister.
"You got to try to win the race. Joel Rosario tried to win the race," Harrington said. "I have no regrets."
Harrington figured Rosario's hard charge took its toll on Bodemeister, who was overtaken by I'll Have Another in the stretch.
"He probably won it for I'll Have Another," Harrington said.