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2012 Triple Crown: I'll Have Another Is The Early Favorite At The Belmont Stakes

I'll Have Another looked like a Triple Crown contender on Saturday, and the early odds for the Belmont Stakes have confirmed that. With Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes runner-up Bodemeister out of the field, it's hard to find a real threat to I'll Have Another.

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

A win at the Belmont Stakes would be the first Triple Crown in horse racing since Affirmed did it in 1978. I'll Have Another will have his shot when the field hits the track in New York on June 9.

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

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.