The world knows that the 2012 Belmont Stakes will feature I'll Have Another (odds at 3 to 5) attempting to win the first triple crown in horse racing since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978.
He will be challenged by Dullahan (5 to 1), the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby who has looked good in pre-race workouts.
Also threatening the triple crown bid is Union Rags (6 to 1), who was one of the pre-race favorites in the Kentucky Derby.
But this article isn't about them.
You see, I'll Have Another, Dullahan and Union Rags are the three horses that everyone is talking about.
But if history tells us anything, it is that the Belmont Stakes is not about the favorites—it's about the horses that no one is talking about.
Over the last four Belmont stakes, no horse has won the race with better than 12 to 1 odds, and big surprises have been abundant.
In 1980, it was Temperence Hill crossing the line first despite 53 to 1 odds.
In 1993, Colonial Affair was 14 to 1. Lemon Drop Kid was victorious in 1999 at 30 to 1, followed by Commendable at 19 to 1 a year later.
2002 provided the biggest upset in the history of the Belmont Stakes with Sarava at 70 to 1.
Bird Stone came through at 36 to 1 in 2004, and over the last four years we have seen Da' Tara (38 to 1), Summer Bird (12 to 1), Drosselmeyer (13 to 1) and Ruler on Ice (25 to 1) emerge as champions.
So don't get me wrong—I'd love to see I'll Have Another win the triple crown just as much as everyone else. However, it's time to talk about the horses that no one else is talking about.
Odds via DRF.com.