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Belmont Odds: I'll Have Another's Retirement Sees Dullahan Become New Race Favortire

The horse racing world was shaken up on Friday, when news came that Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another had suffered a tendon injury and would be retiring from racing, just one day before the 2012 Belmont Stakes.

I'll Have Another was looking to become the first horse in 34 years to capture horse racing's elusive Triple Crown. With his departure from the race, several horses have emerged as possible winners on Saturday, with Dullahan currently garnering the best odds at 9/5. Union Rags is now listed at 3/1, with Bob Baffert's Paynter coming in at 7/2. Even before the injury to I'll Have Another, many believed Paynter was fully capable of the win at the Belmont.

Complete odds for the 2012 Belmont Stakes can be found below:

1-Street Life, 8/1
2-Unstoppable U, 20/1
3-Union Rags, 3/1
4-Atigun, 15/1
5-Dullahan, 9/5
6-Ravelo's Boy, 30/1
7-Five Sixteen, 30/1
8-Guyana Star Dweej, 30/1
9-Paynter, 7/2
10-Optimizer, 15/1
11-I'll Have Another, Scratched
12-My Adonis, 15/1

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find a A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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