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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.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.