Belmont Stakes 2012 Contenders: Street Life and Others You Can't Ignore

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2012

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06:  Street Life gallops during a morning workout at Belmont Park on June 6, 2012 in Elmont, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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With I'll Have Another running for the Triple Crown on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes, it's easy to forget about every other horse.

But there are 11 others horses running against the three-year-old chestnut colt, and they don't care about the 34-year absence of a Triple Crown winner.

Sporting odds at less-than-even money, I'll Have Another is the overwhelming favorite in a race bereft of elite talent. Having said that, there are a few horses who, if ran perfectly, could challenge the Kentucky Derby/Preakness double winner.

Here's a look at the top contenders in the Belmont not named I'll Have Another.


Street Life

Lining up on the rail doesn't help, but this son of Street Sense is one of the more intriguing horses in the field.

His lone G1 race was the Wood Memorial, where he finished out of the money behind the likes of Gemologist, Alpha and Teeth of the Dog.

But he finished third in the Peter Pan and has an incredible kick down the stretch. He'll be attempting to close on the best closer in the field, but we know anything can happen and he should be a factor in the money at the very least.



One other horse who'll kick in the end is Paynter, which is why he's currently sporting 10/1 odds.

Although there is a good chance he doesn't factor at all, there are many who'll play his odds and hope he gets a clear run down the back stretch with I'll Have Another. 

It certainly can't hurt to keep an eye on him at the price he's currently offering.



Running from the No. 5 post, the third-place finisher at the Kentucky Derby is arguably the No. 2 horse in the entire field.

Currently sporting a 5/1 line, Dullahan should be there in the final leg of the grueling one-and-a-half-mile run known as the "Test of Champions" and should be one of the few legitimate contenders for the win.

Keep an on him and see where he sets up early in the race.


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