2012 Belmont Stakes Horse Racing Odds

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The Belmont Stakes is this Saturday as I’ll Have Another will try to make horse racing history by winning the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed achieved this feat way back in 1978. A contentious field of 12 three year old colts and geldings will contest in the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes. Post time is scheduled for 6:35PM Eastern Time and its NBC providing the live national television coverage.

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The distant is a grueling 1 ½ miles over the Belmont Park dirt service located in Elmont New York. The weather forecast calls for a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms with highs reaching up to 79 degrees.

The current odds at Oddsmaker have I’ll Have Another as the -125 betting favorite to win the 2012 Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has five lifetime wins in his seven race career and is ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O’Neill. He will run from post 11. Two of his past three wins have come by a neck or closer with his Kentucky Derby victory a winning margin of a length and a half. The second place finisher in both legs in the Triple Crown Bodemeister will skip the Belmont Stakes.

The current second favorite in the wagering will be a freshened up Union Rags who is +300 odds on Saturday. Union Rags draws the third post and is coming off a seventh place finish in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness. After winning four of five races to begin his career Union Rags have tailed off with two straight losses.

A wise guy horse in the Belmont Stakes will be Dullahan who is the third choice in the wagering at +350 odds to win. Dullahan has long strides and made up good ground late in the Kentucky Derby for a third place finish. He skipped the Preakness and the increased distance makes Dullahan a solid pick to spoil the party for the I’ll Have Another connections.

Trainer Bob Baffert will send just one entry out of his barn in the Belmont Stakes and it will be the lightly raced Paynter who draws the 9th post at +600 odds and the fourth choice in the wagering. This three year old is ridden by Mike Smith and have two wins in his four lifetime starts. If there is rain on Saturday take note that Paynter was a good second in the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs on April 28th over a sloppy dirt surface. Paynter ran fourth to I’ll Have Another at the Santa Anita Derby on April 7th in only his second lifetime start of his racing career. This is a horse with some upside.

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