|Written by Brock Lanning|
|Monday, 04 June 2012 09:50|
With a Triple Crown on the line, this year’s Belmont Stakes odds have another layer of excitement. Not since 1978 has a horse won all three legs of the Triple Crown, but this year, I’ll Have Another has a chance to make history on Saturday, June 9th at Elmont, New York. I’ll Have Another has been galloping well at Belmont Park since arriving, making a smooth transition from Pimlico Race Course – where he won the Preakness Stakes on May 19th – to the wide, sandy course at Belmont Park. Winning the third race won’t be easy, however; the race is known as the “Test of the Champion” for its grueling distance of 1 ½ miles.
I’ll Have Another will also be facing some familiar foes when he takes the gate on Saturday. Union Rags, who had such a tremendous year as a juvenile but has yet to live up to expectations during his 3-year-old campaign, will be gunning for top spot. The Dixie Union colt will have a new jockey when Belmont Stakes odds go of the board with Julien Leparoux being replaced by John Velazquez. Union Rags has posted two straight bullets at Fair Hill where he has been training since his disappointing 7th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Expectations are once again high for this Michael Matz trainee, but concerns about his stamina remain.
Dullahan, third in the Kentucky Derby, has looked sharp in his first official workout at Belmont Park. Trained by Dale Romans, Dullahan posted a bullet 4-furlong work timed in 45.97 on June 3rd and looks fresh and ready to spoil I’ll Have Another’s run for immortality. Current Belmont Stakes odds for Saturday's race which can be seen live on NBC, list I'll Have Another as the 3/2 favorite followed by Dullahan and Union Rags at 4/1 with Paynter at 17/2 and Street Life at 15/1. Also be sure to visit Bovada for a $100 free wager and a $20 refund on Triple Crown lines if I'll Have Another reaches the winner's circle.
|Last Updated on Monday, 04 June 2012 10:07|