2012 Belmont Stakes: Union Rags Defeats Paynter

Union Rags took advantage of I'll Have Another being scratched, and won the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes

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Pre-Race Hype Produces High Attendance, Ratings For 2012 Belmont Stakes

Despite the Triple Crown not being on the line in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the race reported a record crowd, along with very high ratings and an impressive handle.

The race's crowd was listed as 85,811, which was a 53.8 increase from the previous season, according to Daily Racing Forum. It was the biggest crowd for a Belmont Stakes in which the Triple Crown was not on the line. That should come with a bit of an asterisk, though, as Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another wasn't pulled out of the race until the day before.

Nevertheless, the ontrack handle for betting was $13.8 million, which was the second-highest all-time for the Belmont Stakes. The TV ratings for the final 45 minutes of NBC's broadcast reportedly was a 5.4, which was a 13 percent increase from last year.

Overall, it appears the draw of I'll Have Another brought the fans during the build-up, but they still stuck around after the horse was pulled from the race.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with the SB Nation Atlanta StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.


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2012 Belmont Stakes: Union Rags Edges Out Paynter

The 2012 Belmont Stakes was supposed to be an epic race with the Triple Crown on the line, but all that changed when I'll Have Another went down with a tendon injury on Friday, so the scene at Belmont Park was not as electric as it could have been.

With I'll Have Another out, the attention turned to Dullahan and Union Rags as these two horses were positioned as the favorites to win the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes.

Paynter came out of the gate fast and broke to the rail for the early lead heading into the first turn. On that first turn it was Union Rags who was in second and about three lengths behind the leader followed closely by Dullahan.

Heading into the final turn, Paynter still held the led and was followed by Unstoppable U, My Adonis, and Union Rags right there. Union Rags was on the inside right by the rail and made a charge during the last 100 yards and finally moved past Paynter and won by about one horse heads length.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with the SB Nation Atlanta StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Belmont Stakes 2012 Odds: Lines Have Changed Since Friday, Dullahan Still The Favorite

The 2012 Belmont Stakes is approximately one hour from getting underway, but ever since I'll Have Another has been declared a scratch the odds for the other 11 horses have gotten longer.

Dullahan remains the favorite at 5/1 which is just a bit worse after closing Friday at 9/5. Union Rags odds have changed quite a bit and went from 3/1 to now sitting at 6/1, but they are still second in line behind Dullahan.

Then there is Paynter, which was 7/2, but now 8/1. The long shots also took a big hit as there are now three horses at 50/1 odds in Ravelo's Boy, Five Sixteen and Guyana Star Dweej.

Here are the latest odds:

1-Street Life, 12/1
2-Unstoppable U, 30/1
3-Union Rags, 6/1
4-Atigun, 30/1
5-Dullahan, 5/1
6-Ravelo's Boy, 50/1
7-Five Sixteen, 50/1
8-Guyana Star Dweej, 50/1
9-Paynter, 8/1
10-Optimizer, 20/1
11-I'll Have Another, Scratched
12-My Adonis, 20/1

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with the SB Nation Atlanta StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Belmont Stakes: Post Positions, Start Time, Live Stream And More

Even without I'll Have Another, the show must go on.

The 2012 Belmont Stakes is set for Saturday night in the great state of New York, as horse racing's Triple Crown is set to conclude. Televised coverage of the event is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Coverage will switch to NBC at 4:30, where it will last until 7. Post time isn't until 6:30 p.m. ET, so if you're looking just to catch the race, tune in a bit before 6:30.

For those who won't be able to get to a television set, NBC Sports' official website will stream the race live online.

Odds makers and bettors alike scrambled to anoint a favorite for Saturday's race after I'll Have Another was scratched, and it appears that Dullahan is the new favorite.

Here's the latest odds on each horse in the field, sorted by post position.

  1. Street Life, 8-1
  2. Unstoppable U, 20-1
  3. Union Rags, 3-1
  4. Atigun, 15-1
  5. Dullahan, 9-5
  6. Ravelo's Boy, 30-1
  7. Five Sixteen, 30-1
  8. Guyana Star Dweej, 30-1
  9. Paynter, 7-2
  10. Optimizer, 15-1
  11. I'll Have Another, scratched
  12. My Adonis, 15-1
For more on the 2012 Belmont and horse racing, be sure to check out And Down The Stretch They Come.

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Belmont Stakes 2012 Odds: Dullahan Remains Favorite

Headed into the weekend, I'll Have Another was the odds-on favorite to win the 2012 Belmont Stakes, and the first Triple Crown in horse racing since Affirmed. However, I'll Have Another apparently had one too many, and was scratched on Friday.

Without either I'll Have Another or Bodemeister racing, bettors and oddsmakers alike have been scrambling to figure out the new favorite for the last leg of the Triple Crown, but it appears that Dullahan will remain the favorite headed into the race.

Here are the latest odds for the Belmont, sorted by post position:

  1. Street Life, 8-1
  2. Unstoppable U, 20-1
  3. Union Rags, 3-1
  4. Atigun, 15-1
  5. Dullahan, 9-5
  6. Ravelo's Boy, 30-1
  7. Five Sixteen, 30-1
  8. Guyana Star Dweej, 30-1
  9. Paynter, 7-2
  10. Optimizer, 15-1
  11. I'll Have Another, scratched
  12. My Adonis, 15-1
Union Rags, who was the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, ahead of Bodemeister, has quite favorable odds as well, coming in at 3-1.

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2012 Belmont Stakes: Dullahan Is New favorite At 9/5

Dullahan is the new favorite for the Belmont Stakes coming in at 9/5 now that I'll Have Another has been scratched from the race due to injury. The next favorites are Union Rags who come in at 3/1 and then Paytner at 7/2.

With I'll Have Another out of the race and no Triple Crown on the line it will be interesting to see how the public decides to wager with a new favorite, and not one that is an overwhelming favorite.

Expect the odds to change throughout Saturday as the bets start coming in.

Here are the latest odds:

1-Street Life, 8/1
2-Unstoppable U, 20/1
3-Union Rags, 3/1
4-Atigun, 15/1
5-Dullahan, 9/5
6-Ravelo's Boy, 30/1
7-Five Sixteen, 30/1
8-Guyana Star Dweej, 30/1
9-Paynter, 7/2
10-Optimizer, 15/1
11-I'll Have Another, Scratched
12-My Adonis, 15/1

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with the SB Nation Atlanta StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Belmont Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another Retires (VIDEO)

There will be no Triple Crown winner this year as I'll Have Another has been scratched from the race due to a tendon injury that happened during Friday morning's training session. The latest news is that I'll Have Another has officially retired as a race horse.

Matt Gardner of SB Nation's horsing blog And Down the Stretch They Come talks about I'll Have Another and the horses injury and retirement, as well as what Saturday's race without I'll Have Another now means.

The tendon injury is typically not life threatening for a horse, but if they were to injury the tendon again it then would be very serious.

With I'll Have Another out of the 2012 Belmont Stakes is means there will be another year where horse racing does not have a Triple Crown winner.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with the SB Nation Atlanta StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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2012 Belmont Stakes: I'll Have Another Scratched, Will Not Compete

I'll Have Another, the horse many racing industry experts pegged to win the first to win Triple Crown in over three decades, was scratched from the Belmont Stakes with an injury on Friday, thus continuing the streak. Trainer Doug O'Neil confirmed what had been widely rumored for 24 hours on the Dan Patrick Show Friday morning. The I'll Have Another team of owners and trainers has a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m ET to discuss the horse's removal from the Belmont. The nature of the injury has not yet been revealed:

"We ain't taking any chances," and that the scratch "is a bummer, but far from tragic." O'Neill guessed that I'll Have Another has run his last race.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with thisStoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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2012 Belmont Stakes: I'll Have Another Is The Big Favorite

With Saturday's Triple Crown only two days away, the betting picture for the 2012 Belmont Stakes is starting to take shape after the field drew post positions earlier in the week:

1-Street Life, 12/1

2-Unstoppable U, 30/1

3-Union Rags, 6/1

4-Atigun, 30/1

5-Dullahan, 5/1

6-Ravelo's Boy, 50/1

7-Five Sixteen, 50/1

8-Guyana Star Dweej, 50/1

9-Paynter, 8/1

10-Optimizer, 20/1

11-I'll Have Another, 4/5

12-My Adonis, 20/1

As many expected, the two challengers getting the most love from bettors are Dullahan and Union Rags, although Paynter's odds have improved as the week has gone on.

A video from SB Nation's YouTube channel about the history of the race:

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with the SB Nation Atlanta StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Belmont Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another Draws 11th Post Position

Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another did not receive a very favorable post position on Wednesday, as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will run from the outside at No. 11.

The only horse further outside in the twelve-horse field will be My Adonis at No. 12. Dullahan, who many believe will be the biggest threat to I'll Have Another's chance at history, is in a good position at No. 5 to make some noise on Saturday.

Here is the how the entire field shook out:

1. Street Life

2. Unstoppable U

3. Union Rags

4. Atigun

5. Dullahan

6. Ravelo's Boy

7. Five Sixteen

8. Guyana Star Dweej

9. Paynter

10. Optimizer

11. I'll Have Another

12. My Adonis

For more coverage of I'll Have Another's run for history on Saturday, stay tuned to the SB Nation Atlanta story-stream as well as SB Nation's always excellent horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come.

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Belmont Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another Trains For Triple Crown

The 2012 Belmont Stakes is upcoming on June 9 and with the date fast approaching the importance of training and staying injury free is vital if I'll Have Another is going to win the Triple Crown.

Matt Gardner of SB Nation's horse racing blog, And Down the Stretch they Come, discusses the importance of I'll Have Another and their training leading up to the Belmont Stakes. The first key point is to keep I'll Have Another on their similar training schedule so to not interrupt their normal routine. I'll Have Another has already been in Belmont training and getting a feel for the track for next week's race.

Training is key but so is monitoring for injuries. Gardner explains how back in 2008 that Big Brown was going for the Triple Crown buts the horse suffered a minor injury that interrupted their training regimen, and ultimately they raced poorly at the Belmont.

Keeping I'll Have Another injury free is key so that the horse can have uninterrupted training sessions leading up to the Belmont Stakes.

For much more on the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, please visit And Down the Stretch they Come.

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2012 Belmont Stakes: I'll Have Another Almost Involved In Training Accident

The last horse to win the vaunted Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. That was 34 years ago.

After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, I'll Have Another is the 13/10, odds-on favorite to win the Belmont Stakes on June 9th and capture the elusive Triple Crown. But it almost came crashing down this afternoon according to the horse's embattled trainer, Doug O'Neill.

CBS New York has more on this story:

O'Neil says his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was walking a few feet from the outside rail when another horse threw his rider and came "screaming up the outside rail" in the same direction I'll Have Another was walking.

The trainer says the horse went between the rail and I'll Have Another, and that exercise rider Jonny Garcia told him the horse grazed his boot. The trainer feared a disastrous collision was imminent.

Thankfully, catastrophe was averted and I'll Have Another's Triple Crown hopes are still alive.

For lots more on the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, please visit And Down the Stretch they Come.

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Belmont Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another Trainer Will Serve Suspension

The 2012 Belmont Stakes is still over a week away, but the anticipation is already high. I'll Have Another is attempting to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978. I'll Have Another, who just a couple of months ago was considered a bit of a long shot to win the Kentucky Derby, is now the 5/4 favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and secure the Triple Crown.

At the same time as all the excitement and anticipation, I'll Have Another's trainer Doug O'Neill has been handed a 45-day suspension by the California racing board and fined $15,000 for elevated carbon dioxide levels in another horse, Argenta.

While O'Neill was not found to have been guilty of any tampering or doping, as the head trainer, he was deemed responsible for anything that may have happened to the horse under his care. He will serve his suspension after the Belmont Stakes, so he is still able to focus on the task at hand and oversee I'll Have Another as he goes for his place in history.

You can find the press release of O'Neill's suspension decision here.

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2012 Triple Crown: I'll Have Another Is Overwhelming Early Favorite

After winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown, it's no surprise that I'll Have Another enters the Belmont Stakes as an early favorite. When it was learned that Bodemeister, the horse that finished second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, would not run at the Belmont, did I'll Have Another become a shoe-in?

Here are the early odds that are likely to fluctuate over the next three weeks:

I'll Have Another 3:2

Union Rags 9:2

Dullahan 5:1

Paynter 6:1

Optimizer 12:1

Mark Valeski 15:1

Alpha 18:1

Atigun 20:1

Five Sixteen 20:1

Rousing Sermon 20:1

Street Life 20:1

Guyana Star Dweej 30:1

Stealcase 30:1

I'll Have Another will try to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. The Belmont Stakes will run on June 9.

For lots more on the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, please visit And Down the Stretch they Come.

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2012 Triple Crown: Bodemeister To Sit Out Belmont Stakes

2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes favorite Bodemeister won't attempt to play spoiler for I'll Have Another at the Belmont Stakes according to trainer Bob Baffert.

Baffert indicated that Bodemeister will rest up and point for a return to the races in the July 29 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, a race the trainer has won five times, including the last two years with Lookin at Lucky and Coil.

"We were never intending to run in the Belmont," Baffert said. "We wanted to make the Derby and the Preakness was his sixth start this year."

Bodemeister was in position to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness before late surges by I'll Have Another. Horse racing hasn't had a triple crown winner since 1978 and now I'll Have Another has one less obstacle in his way.

For more on the 2012 Belmont Stakes, be sure to head over to And Down The Stretch They Come and join the discussion.

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Triple Crown 2012: I'll Have Another Keeps Triple Crown Hopes Alive

I'll Have Another pulled off another come from behind win at the Preakness and now has a chance to grab horse racing's first triple crown since 1978 with a win in the Belmont Stakes.

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