2012 Belmont Stakes Contenders favorite I’ll Have Another has been replaced by Dullahan as the “chalk” who is listed at -150 on the Sports Odds Vegas. Our Belmont Stakes Picks staff has handicapped the wildly unpredictable 1.5 mile race and are going with a couple of favorites. I’ll Have Another’s scratch is heartbreaking for bettors looking for longshots but makes things easier for classy horses like Union Rags (+250) and Paynter (+450) to cash in ahead of the favorite Dullahan (-150) on the Sports Odds Vegas.
2012 Belmont Stakes Predictions Picks: “Paynter” Across The Board (+450 for 1 UNIT $1000 to win $4500)
2012 Belmont Stakes Predictions Analysis: Dullahan is the leading favorite among the 11 2012 Belmont Stakes Contenders that have a better shot at winning this endurance contest with I’ll Have Another on the bench. Paynter is one of our 2012 Belmont Stakes picks with trainer Bob Baffert the equivalent to Freddie Roach in boxing and a world-class jockey to boot. Union Rags is our other play to cash in across the board with the kick to win down the backstretch. Union Rags has been a victim of circumstance for the most part and is arguably the best horse in this race.
Unstoppable U and My Adonis are pretenders that will fade late. Paynter has all of the intangibles and potential to end up in the winners circle and is being a given a favourable price despite having a high profile. Optimizer has the breeding and jockey but has turf horse written all over him. Atigun and Ravelo’s Boy is worth a look at 20-1 but is a longshot for a few reasons. Dullahan is talented but unproven and overpriced and should be outgunned at the finish.
2012 Belmont Stakes Picks Plays: Paynter +450 1 UNIT Across the board) Union Rags +250 (0.5 Units Across the board)
2012 Belmont Stakes Contenders Sports Odds Vegas plus post position:
1. Street Life +800
2. Unstoppable U +2000
3. Union Rags +250
4. Atigun +2000
5. Dullahan -150
6. Ravelo’s Boy +4000
7. Five Sixteen +6600
8. Guyana Star Dweej +6600
9. Paynter +450
10. Optimizer +1600
12. My Adonis +1800