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Belmont Stakes 2012: Preliminary Odds Favor A Triple Crown Win

No horse has won the Triple Crown in 34 years, not since Affirmed did it in 1978. Only 11 horses in history have done it, which is what makes it one of the most coveted prizes in sports. This year, the odds favor a 12th Triple Crown win. I'll Have Another is getting 5-4 odds as the overwhelming favorite in the 2012 Belmont Stakes.

Preliminary odds for the third and final race of the Triple Crown will surely excite fans looking forward to seeing a Triple Crown winner. Others wanting to get a little more bang for their racing bucks may want to consider some of the names a little further down the list in the field of 10 horses.

Union Rags sat out the Preakness after a disappointing showing in the Kentucky Derby. The horse has a new jockey for Belmont and 5-1 odds, which are the second-best in the field. Dullahan is next with 11-2, followed by Paynter at 9-1 odds.

Preliminary odds stack up like this:

Horse Odds
Alpha 15-1
Atigun 15-1
Dullahan 11-2
Five Sixteen 50-1
Guyana Star Dweej 50-1
I’ll Have Another 5-4
Optimizer 30-1
Paynter 9-1
Street Life 12-1
Union Rags 5-1
Unstoppable U 28-1
Ravelo's Boy 50-1

Expect those numbers to change as the June 9 race gets closer.

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