2012 Belmont Stakes Contenders: Handicapping the Entire Field

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2012 Belmont Stakes Contenders: Handicapping the Entire Field
photo via BelmontStakes.com

The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing and for the 12th time in the last 34 years we will have a horse going looking to sweep all three races.

The 144th running of the Belmont Stakes is just three days away and the expectation builds as I'll Have Another will try to become the 12th Triple Crown in horse racing history.

Which 12th will I'll Have Another become? The 12th Triple Crown winner or the 12th horse in the last 34 years who fails to win it?

He will have to face very probably 10 contenders, of which he has already faced—and defeated—four of them; Dullahan, Union Rags, Optimizer and Paynter.

Five are new shooters that will face him for the first time, Atigun, Street Life, Five Sixteen, Guyana Star Dweej, Ravelo's Boy and Unstoppable U.

Dullahan and Union Rags may be his main contenders and both skipped the Preakness to be fresh for the Belmont.

Optimizer is the only other horse to have run with I'll Have Another in both the Derby and the Preakness, while the rest are just making their debut on the big races here.

Entries for the race are drawn later today, so let's take a quick look at all the possible participants for Saturday's big race and handicap their chances.

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