Belmont Stakes 2012 Odds: Union Rags and Horses You Shouldn't Bet on at Belmont

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  Union Rags trains on the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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There is no easy way to find a payout in the 2012 Belmont Stakes. Potential Triple Crown winner I'll Have Another is quickly heading towards even money, possibly even worse come race day, and he's hands down the best horse in the field.

There literally isn't another animal capable of running with the Kentucky Derby/Preakness double winner, and the biggest threats to his run at immortality are horses he's already dispatched of easily.

Chief among those competitors are Union Rags and Paynter, but neither of them are worth your money in this race either.

Here's a look at horses to avoid in Saturday's race.

Odds according to

Union Rags (4-1)

This three-year-old colt was one of the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby too, but he sorely underperformed and must be avoided at all costs.

His handlers kept him out of the Preakness hoping to keep him fresh for this ride, but it will matter little. Rags broke terrible from the gate at the Derby and that ultimately sealed his fate as he was shuffled to the rail and into 18th before he even got going.

A clean break should help, but this horse has won only one G1 race in four career G1 starts and has not competed at this distance. 


Guyana Star Dweej (60-1)

If this Kentucky-bred three-year-old runs, he'll simply be outclassed. He's won only one race in his career and hasn't raced in G1 contest yet.

His odds should be speak for themselves--avoid, avoid, avoid. 


Paynter (10-1)

This Bob Baffert-trained horse's odds are completely misleading. Paynter is coming off a win at Pimlico, but he's run only one G1 race in his career and was left far behind winner I'll Have Another at the Santa Anita Derby.

The only positive thing he's got going for him is fresh legs and a bit of an element of surprise seeing as he hasn't run in any of the American Classics.

I'll Have Another won't care, while Paynter should be outclassed by the likes of Dullahan.