Belmont Stakes 2012 Odds: Sleepers Who'll Ruin I'll Have Another's Triple Crown
There are plenty of horse-racing fans pulling for I'll Have Another to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of wining the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing, but it's not a done deal yet.
There are a few long shots in the field who are going to give I'll Have Another a run for his money at the Belmont Stakes, you can be sure of that.
Here they are.
My Adonis is listed at 20-1 odds, according to docsports.com. He's not the longest of shots to upset I'll Have Another, but he has as good a chance as anyone in the field to ruin the Triple Crown attempt.
His owners are George and Lori Hall, the same couple who owned Ruler on Ice, the 2011 Belmont Stakes winner who came into that race at 24-1 odds. The Halls will be looking for history to repeat itself this Saturday.
The colt, trained by Kelly Breen, drew the No. 12 post position in Wednesday's draw, which should bode well for the latest Belmont entrant. He won't have to worry about getting boxed in by the other horses in the field, and jockey Ramon Dominguez will be able to worry strictly about running at the right pace.
My Adonis finished third in his last race at the Canonero II Stakes, which took place on the same day that I'll Have Another won the Preakness Stakes. Who knows what kind of omen that is, or if it is an omen at all.
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According to huffingtonpost.com, if My Adonis is able to win the Belmont, the Halls will be the first owners to win back-to-back Belmont Stakes since Riva Ridge and Secretariat accomplished the feat in 1972 and 1973 for Meadow Stable.
Optimizer's trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, was kicked in the head by one of his horses on Tuesday and was forced to attend the post position draw with stitches in his head, according to The Washington Post.
Optimizer, who is listed at 20-1, was quoted as saying he would run the race for his trainer (just kidding).
The horse comes from a good stable, though, as Lukas's horses have emerged victorious from 13 Triple Crown races since he started training. He has competed in 10 races within the last year, so he's no stranger to competition. In the last 18 months, Optimizer has finished in the Top Three four times.
He may not be the best horse overall in the race, but he certainly has what it takes to knock off I'll Have Another. He's right next to the Triple Crown hopeful at No. 10, so they could be neck and neck the entire time.
Unstoppable U had a great draw, grabbing the No. 2 post in between Union Rags and Street Life. If Union Rags gets out early, Unstoppable U can ride him for the whole race and do his best to overtake him down the stretch.
He's listed at 30-1 odds, but don't give up on him just yet. Kenneth McPeek's horse won the last race he competed in at the Belmont allowance, and it can never hurt for a jockey (Junior Alvarado) to know exactly how to run his horse leading up to the Belmont Stakes.
Which one of these horses can upset I'll Have Another
The sample size is small—Unstoppable U has run just two races in his career—but it has been impressive. If the horse and jockey combo can use the inside track to their advantage, we could be looking at a huge payout for this horse at 30-1.
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