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Belmont Stakes 2012 Odds: I'll Have Another The Favorite

The eyes of the horse racing world will be firmly fixated on the Belmont Stakes, which is set to be held on Saturday, June 9. I'll Have Another will be looking to make horse racing history, becoming the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the illustrious Triple Crown.

As expected, I'll Have Another has the best odds of any horse in the field. The latest odds for the entire field, courtesy of Bovada, are as follows:

  • Alpha 15/1
  • Atigun 25/1
  • Dullahan 5/1
  • Five Sixteen 50/1
  • Guyana Star Dweej 50/1
  • I'll Have Another 13/10
  • Optimizer 30/1
  • Paynter 9/1
  • Street Life 15/1
  • Union Rags 5/1
  • Unstoppable U 28/1
  • Ravelo's Boy 50/1
Noticeably absent is Bodemeister, who was the odds-on favorite to win the Preakness after setting record times through the Kentucky Derby, before losing to I'll Have Another in each race. Union Rags, who was the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, did not race in the Preakness, but will race in the Belmont Stakes.

The Belmont is the longest of the three Triple Crown races -- something that seems like it should benefit I'll Have Another, who needed a last-stretch comeback to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

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