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Belmont Stakes 2012 Odds: I'll Have Another Is A Huge Favorite

If you want to bet on history in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, you'll have to pay a big price to do it.

I'll Have Another, who is going for the Triple Crown on Saturday, is the heavy favorite in early betting, getting 4:5 odds to win the Belmont.

In comparison, Dullahan, who many horse-racing analysts think is I'll Have Another's biggest threat, is getting 5:1 odds. Following behind him are Union Rags at 6:1 and Paynter at 8:1.

And yet, from a purely statistical perspective, the odds are fairly low for any horse not named Secretariat to win the Triple Crown. In the last decade alone, there have been quite a few horses who have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness only to fall short in New York City.

The majority of bettors, and the horse racing industry as a whole, are hoping that I'll Have Another can buck those trends.

SB Nation's YouTube channel has a video breakdown of how the post position could affect Saturday's big race:

For more coverage of I'll Have Another's run for history on Saturday, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas story-stream as well as SB Nation's always excellent horse racing blog 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.