Most people were disappointed to learn I'll Have Another was scratched from the 2012 Belmont Stakes due to injury, but there are 11 groups in Elmont, N.Y. with some reason to be happy. For the remaining 11 horses competing in the Belmont Stakes, the odds of victory just got a little bit better.
After the post positions were set earlier this week, I'll Have Another was established as an early 4/5 favorite to win at Belmont and become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. With I'll Have Another out of the race, Dullahan is the new morning line favorite at 9/5.
Owned by Donegal Racing, Dullahan finished third in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness. Before I'll Have Another was scratched, Dullahan was considered among the likeliest to spoil the Triple Crown bid. Now he has gone from potential usurper to favorite.
Who is the best choice -- and best value -- from the horses still set to race?
To get the latest odds as post time approaches please check BelmontStakes.com.
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The field for Saturday's 144th Belmont Stakes, with post position, horse's name, jockey's name and odds:
1. Street Life J.Lezcano 8-1 2. Unstoppable U J.Alvarado 20-1 3. Union Rags J.Velzquez 3-1 4. Atigun J.Leparoux 15-1 5. Dullahan J.Castellano 9-5 6. Ravelo's Boy A.Solis 30-1 7. Five Sixteen R.Napravnik 30-1 8. Guyana Star Dweej K.Desormeaux 30-1 9. Paynter M.Smith 7-2 10. Optimizer C.Nakatani 15-1 12. My Adonis R.Dominguez 15-1
Trainers (by post position): 1, Chad Brown. 2, Ken McPeek. 3, Michael Matz. 4, Ken McPeek. 5, Dale Romans. 6, Manny Azpurua. 7, Dominick Schettino. 8, Doodnauth Shivmangal. 9, Bob Baffert. 10, D. Wayne Lukas. 12, Kelly Breen.
Owners (by post position): 1, Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm. 2, Magdalena Racing and Mojallali Stables. 3, Chadds Ford Stable. 4, Shortleaf Stable. 5, Donegal Racing. 6, Korina Stable. 7, MeB Racing Stables LLC. 8, Shivmangal Racing Stable, LLC. 9, Zayat Stables, LLC. 10, Bluegrass Hall LLC. 12, George and Lori Hall.
Weights: 126 pounds. Distance: 1½ miles. Purse: $1 million. First place: $600,000. Second place: $200,000. Third place: $110,000. Fourth place: $60,000. Fifth place: $30,000. Post time: 6:40 p.m. EDT.