Belmont Stakes 2012 Odds: Tempting Horses That Will Sucker Bettors on Race Day

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2012

I'll Have Another will be wearing No. 11 when he runs for the Triple Crown at Belmont on Saturday.

The post positions have officially been drawn and 11 horses will look to do what others could not at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. That is, get to the wire before I'll Have Another.

The late entry of My Adonis bumps the field to 12 overall, but that means absolutely nothing to the potential Triple Crown champion.

His morning line number, according to the Belmont Stakes Twitter feed, is at less than even money (4-5). He's the overwhelming favorite to win it all, and you won't find any bit of payout by playing money on him.

Unfortunately, there aren't many sound bets in this race, but a few appear to be. Here's a look at horses who'll sucker in bettors come race day.


My Adonis (20-1)

The newest horse to the field, My Adonis was supposed to make an appearance in the Derby and then in the Preakness, but ultimately never went through with it.

He drew the 12th post and will have to work from the outside, but since nobody has seen or heard much from him, he'll draw some intrigue.

However, he'll struggle to keep pace with I'll Have Another should he set up and look to run with him. Don't expect him to come into the money as a sweetener.


Paynter (10-1)

This number seems nice, but Paynter is simply outclassed in this race and truly doesn't stand a chance. He's run in only one other G1 race, the Santa Anita Derby, and he finished well behind I'll Have Another and Creative Cause.

Why the books like him so much at this stage is still puzzling. Avoid him if you can.


Union Rags (4-1)

One of the favorites in the Derby, Union Rags was doomed out of the gate and never factored in the "Run for the Roses."

He's looking to redeem himself here, but at 4-1 barely offers the bettors anything to work with. Furthermore, the only reason his number is even that low is because this field is bereft of elite talent outside of I'll Have Another.

Union Rags is unlikely to win this race, and offers little in way of payout should he run in the money.


2012 Belmont Stakes Post Positions, Field and Odds

Odds courtesy of Belmont Stakes Twitter feed.

Post Position




Morning Line

No. 1

Street Life

C. Brown

J. Lezcano


No. 2

Unstoppable U

K. McPeek

J. Alvarado


No. 3

Union Rags

M. Matz

J. Velazquez


No. 4


K. McPeek 

J. Leparoux 


No. 5


D. Romans 

J. Castellano 


No. 6

Ravelo's Boy

M. Azpurua

A. Solis


No. 7

Five Sixteen

D. Schettino 

R. Napravnik 


No. 8

Guyana Star Dweej

D. Shivmangal 



No. 9


B. Baffert

M. Smith


No. 10


D. Lukas

C. Nakatani


No. 11

I'll Have Another

D. O'Neill

M. Gutierrez


No. 12

My Adonis

K. Breen

R. Dominguez



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