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Belmont Stakes 2012 Odds: Dark Horses with Best Shot at Winning

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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hh bjjjnCorrespondent IIJune 8, 2012

With I'll Have Another out of the Belmont Stakes and aspirations of a Triple Crown gone, the odds for other horses winning have taken a big turn. 

Now that the favorite to win the Belmont Stakes is gone, other horses have a golden opportunity to step up and make a big name for themselves. The new favorite is Dullahan at 9/5. 

These horses may not be favorites, but they are well worth the gamble and have a big chance of making a name for themselves. 

Five Sixteen comes into the Belmont Stakes with 30/1 odds to win it all. The horse has had success in 2012 and won the Aqueduct on March 14 in New York. Five Sixteen is strong colt, ridden by jockey Rosie Napravnik. 

Napravnik is praised as "real gutsy" by Anthony Bonomo, Jr., assistant to trainer Dominick Schettino. For the odds, Five Sixteen is definitely worth putting your money on.

Union Rags is set up to spoil Dullahan and win the Belmont Stakes. Coming in with 3-1 odds, the experts say that Union Rags may not be that favorite but has a solid chance at winning. 

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez is set to ride Union Rags at Belmont Stakes. The horse has been a disappointment, but the talent is there and Valazquez sees it too. 

In an interview with the Boston Herald, Valazquez acknowledged Union Rags' talent. "The talent is there, definitely," Velazquez said Tuesday. "Hopefully his luck changes in this race and he can show the talent he has." The odds on Union Rags look good with Valazquez taking control.

The third and final horse to look at is Paynter. Paynter comes into the race with 7-2 odds to win.

Paynter is a strong horse who gets going early in the race. His fourth-place finish behind I'll Have Another at Santa Anita Derby was very promising as he was only 3 3/4 lengths behind the champion. The race was also only his second career start. Look for Paynter to have a strong showing, and if he can last, he has a solid chance of winning.

All three horses are solid choices, but for now I'll take Union Rags and John Velazquez to take home the grand prize at Belmont Stakes.  

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