2012 Belmont Stakes Post Positions Released
On Wednesday night, the 2012 Belmont Stakes post positions and Belmont Stakes morning lines odds were released, and here at Cappers Mall, we’re taking our one final look at the 12 horses that are going to be in the Belmont Stakes and which ones have a shot of beating the 2012 Belmont Stakes odds!
On the far inside is Street Life (18 to 1). This is the only horse that ran in the Peter Pan at Belmont Park four weeks ago. He is going to probably be hurt by having that No. 1 position, and that’s why he has watched his odds come tumbling down.
In the No. 2 post is Unstoppable U (25 to 1). This is one of the more intriguing horses in the field, knowing that he has the potential to beat some of the best horses in the world. That being said, this still isn’t all that great of a horse, much like the colts in the even numbered stalls to his right as well. #4 Atigun (25 to 1), #6 Ravelo’s Boy (45 to 1), #8 Guyana Star Dweej (60 to 1), and #10 Optimizer (20 to 1) are horses that we don’t feel like have all that much of a shot. The only odd numbered horse that we think doesn’t have a fighting chance though, is #7 Five Sixteen (50 to 1).
You might notice that we left out one of the even numbered horses. #12 My Adonis (30 to 1) could be one of the more interesting horses to watch in this race. He was a late entry into the field, and he was put here due to the fact that he has a lot of speed, something that not a lot of other horses have. That could be bad news for a lot of the other horses that were hoping to get a relatively clean break to the front of the pack that perhaps don’t have the same type of speed. My Adonis could be a very sneaky pick at the end of the day, as we think he has the distance and the initial speed to be a threat. The question though, is whether he really has the quality to get the job done.
The two horses that have great Belmont Stakes post positions are #3 Union Rags (3 to 1) and #5 Dullahan (7 to 2). Union Rags was one of the favorites at the Kentucky Derby, and he passed on the Preakness Stakes after a terrible run at Churchill Downs. That being said, Union Rags is a horse that, if he can stay out of trouble, certainly has the quality to beat any of the three-year old colts in the world. With a post on the inside and no horses anywhere near him that are going to try to run the same race that he does, we might see Union Rags get a lot better start, which could make him a frightening horse. Dullahan has a lot less traffic to get around in this race than he did at the Kentucky Derby. He is a scary horse because he has the distance, he has the legs to close, and he is relatively fresh after not running a race in the last month and change.
The No. 9 horse, Paynter (6 to 1) is a horse that some are looking at to be in the ideal spot with, again, not a lot of horses around him that should challenge. Paynter has had just four races in his career, and he finished with a Beyer Speed Rating of 100 and 106 in those two runs. Another race in the mid-100s, and Paynter could be a challenger for the Belmont Stakes, but we are still leery of this horse, knowing that Trainer Bob Baffert didn’t bring him to either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes and that his top horse, Bodemeister, has already been bested in both of the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
But of course, all eyes are going to be on I’ll Have Another (4 to 5). Unfortunately for Jockey Mario Gutierrez and I’ll Have Another, he has a terrible post position at No. 11. If he wants to get to the front of the pack before the first turn, he’ll have to go out with My Adonis right next to him. If I’ll Have Another gets to the inside, he will clearly be using some of that now patented push that he has had at the ends of these Triple Crown races. If not, he will probably be forced into a situation where he has to run four, five, or maybe even six wide into the first turn. If that’s the case, an already tremendously long 1 ½ miles might become more like 1.6 miles of racing or so. Either way, it’s not an ideal position to be in to say the least.
2012 Belmont Stakes Post Positions and Current Odds
1: Street Life (18 to 1)
2: Unstoppable U (25 to 1)
3: Union Rags (3 to 1)
4: Atigun (25 to 1)
5: Dullahan (7 to 2)
6: Ravelo’s Boy (45 to 1)
7: Five Sixteen (50 to 1)
8: Guyana Star Dweej (60 to 1)
9: Paynter (6 to 1)
10: Optimizer (20 to 1)
11: I’ll Have Another (4 to 5)
12: My Adonis (30 to 1)