2012 Belmont Stakes Preview

2012 belmont stakes preview odds i'll have another

ELMONT, NY (ATS Consultants) - The 144th Belmont Stakes goes June 9 from Elmont, N.Y. Here is a look at the latest contenders for the Belmont.

The biggest story surrounding this race came out on Friday morning when I'll Have Another's trainer Doug O'Neill announced that the Triple Crown contender won't race in this year's Belmont. I'll Have Another has an injury and will retire, becoming the first horse to ever scratch out of the Belmont with the Triple Crown on the line.

Dullahan by Even the Score out of Mining My Own, by Smart Strike, bred in Kentucky

Owner: Donegal Racing

Odds: 33/20

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Javier Castellano

DP/DI/CD=8-8-10-0-0 4.20 0.92

Comments: The third place finisher in the Kentucky Derby is well-rested after skipping the Preakness to aim for this race. The questions before the

Derby of whatever he’s a synthetic/turf horse were answered emphatically as he rallied from 11th to barely-miss-getting-second from Bodemeister

at Churchill. Javier Castellano inherits the mount from Kent Desormeaux, after Kent had some of the tack issues before the Preakness. Might that

been an issue, as Desormeaux has ridden Dullahan most of his career? We’ll find out this weekend. He’s definitely a threat if he’s at his best.

Union Rags, by Dixie Union out of Tempo, by Gone West, bred in Kentucky

Owners: Chadds Ford Stable Year

Odds: 5/2

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: John Velazquez

DP/DI/CD=9-1-10-2-0 2.14 0.77

Comments: What do we make of Union Rags effort in the Derby? Trainer Michael Matz is willing to throw the race out, and place most of the

blame on jockey Julien LeParoux instead of the horse. Enter Hall of Famer John Velazquez, last year’s Derby winner, didn’t have a Belmont mount

after Went The Day Well ran poorly in Baltimore, so Matz went with him to ride Union Rags. This horse was one of the favorites in the Derby and

just didn’t get the job done. If he runs back to his best, he can certainly win here on Saturday and break a lot of hearts.

Paynter, by Awesome Again out of Tizco, by Tiznow bred in Kentucky

Owners: Zayat Stables LLC Year

Odds: 19/4

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

DP/DI/CD=6-0-8-0-0 2.50 0.86

Comments: This guy could be the most talented of the “new shooters” here at Belmont. He’s been very impressive in his four-race career, finishing

first of second in three of those starts. His fourth-place finish was in the Santa Anita Derby, where he was defeated by I’ll Have Another and

Creative Cause. He’s improved since then, and destroyed an allowance field on Preakness Day at Pimlico. The distance shouldn’t be an issue, being

out of Awesome Again and a Tiznow mare, Definitely one to watch both this Saturday and in the future.

Street Life, by Street Sense out of Stone Hope, by Grindstone, bred in Kentucky

Owners: Magnolia Racing Stables LLC and Hidden

Odds: 8/1

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey:Jose Lezcano

DP/DI/CD=5-3-8-0-0 3.00 0.81

Comments: Another horse who is really on the improve is the son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. He rallied from 10th up to finish

3rd in the Peter Pan and should immediately relish this distance given his breeding. Street Sense, as we mentioned was a Derby winner, a nd Street

Life’s mare is out of 1996 Derby winner Grindstone. This guy should be able to run all day, and is a must-use at the bottom of exotics

My Adonis, by Pleasantly Perfect out of Silent Justice by Elusive Quality. Bred in Kentucky

Owner: George & Lori Hall Year

Odds: 20-1

Trainer: Kelly Breen

Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

DP/DI/CD=2-9-10-0-1 2.67 0.50

Comments: Last year's winning owner/trainer combo returns to the Belmont with My Adonis, son of Breeder's Cup Classic winner Pleasantly

Perfect. This guy is another who should relish the 1 1/2 mile distance. He's run competitively against some of the top 3 year olds during prep season,

including Gemologist, Hansen, and Algorithims. He'll get the services of Ramon Dominguez, New York's leading rider, that certainly won't


Optimizer, by English Channel out of Indy Pick, by AP Indy, bred in Kentucky

Owner: Bluegrass Hall LLC Year

Odds: 16/1

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Corey Nakatani

DP/DI/CD=10-7-10-2-2 3.24 0.81

Comments: D. Wayne Lukas is back again with Optimizer, as it seems that D. Wayne just can’t stay away from the classics, regardless whether the

horse deserves to be here or not. Besides his second place run in the Rebel back in March, Optimizer has been soundly beaten in all of his graded

races, including the Derby and Preakness. Once this Triple Crown is over, we expect Optimizer to really flourish as a turf horse, as his sire,

English Channel was one of the best turf runners in recent memory.

Atigun, by Istan out of Rimini Road, by Dyanformer, bred in Kentucky

Owner: Shortleaf Stable Inc.

Odds: 22/1

Trainer: Kenneth McPeek

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

DP/DI/CD=5-3-12-0-0 2.33 0.65

Comments: The more experienced of McPeek’s two entries is Atigun, who seems well below these, even if he’s at his best. He is reunited with Julien

Leparoux, who was his rider in his most impressive win, which was on the Derby day undercard. He tried the Arkansas Derby and Rebel Stakes,

but was beaten handily in both. Being out of a Dynaformer mare, he looks like another who could have his best success on turf later in his career.

Unstoppable U, by Exchange Rate out of Nassem, by Point Given, bred in Kentucky

Owner: Magdalena Racing

Odds: 20/1

Trainer: Kenneth McPeek

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

DP/DI/CD=5-4-9-0-0 3.00 0.78

Comments: The more talented of McPeek’s two entries is Unstoppable U., who is undefeated in two career starts, but obviously lacks experience.

He does seems like he wants to run long, as he’s out of a Point Given mare. Point Given, of course, won the 2000 Preakness and Belmont in dominating

fashion, and remains one of the best three-year olds in recent memory. McPeek shocked the world at the Belmont in 2002 with 70-1 Sarava.

Could he do it again?

Five Sixteen, by Invasor out of Third Street, by Salt Lake, bred in Kentucky

Owner: MEB Racing Stables LLC Year

Odds: 50/1

Trainer: Dominick Schettino

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

DP/DI/CD=2-0-4-0-0 2.00 0.67

Comments: Here’s one that we just don’t see making an impact on Saturday. One positive is that he’s out of Breeder’s Cup Classic winner, Invasor,

so he should be able to handle the distance. Veteran trainer Schettino is a long-time New York Horseman, who is just trying to pick up a piece of

the purse on Sat. Rosie Napravnik will attempt to become the second female jockey to win the Belmont (Julie Krone, 1992, on Colonial Affair).

Ravelo’s Boy, by Lawyer Ron out of Dance Tune, by French Deputy, bred in Kentucky

Owner: Korina Stable

Odds: 45/1

Trainer: Manuel J. Azpurua

Jockey: Alex Solis

DP/DI/CD=2-2-4-0-0 3.00 0.75

Comments: Ravelo’s Boy is the most experienced horse in the field, having ran 13 times with two wins and two thirds. Not the most ringing

endorsement for a classic, but they wanted to take a shot, so who are we to stand in their way. Being out of Lawyer Ron, we’d expect that he can

get the 1 1/2, but we don’t see him being very competitive. He ran 5th in the Tampa Bay Derby and 6th in the Sammy Davis, earlier in the year.

Guyana Star Dweej, by Eddington out of Special Feeling, by Pine Bluff, bred in Kentucky

Owner: Shivmangal Racing Stables

Odds Trainer: Doodnauth Shivmangal

50-1 Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

DP/DI/CD=9-12-9-2-0 3.00 0.71

Comments: This well-bred son of Eddington is probably in over his head in here, but like a few of the others, is just looking to pick up a piece of

the purse. His breeding suggests he’ll handle the distance, as his bloodlines feature classic winners Unbridled (1990 Kentucky Derby, 1990

Breeders’ Cup Classic) and Pine Bluff (1992 Preakness).

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