LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Mario Gutierrez crosses the finish line atop I'll Have Another to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Belmont Stakes 2012: Union Rags Claims The Crown

I'll Have Another will not run in the 2012 Belmont Stakes following an injury on Friday.

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Belmont Stakes 2012 Winner: Union Rags Wins In Photo Finish

The 2012 Belmont Stakes didn't produce the type of excitement everyone anticipated it would when I'll Have Another won the Preakness, setting up the possibility of horse racing's first Triple Crown since Affirmed did so in 1978. However; despite the Triple Crown narrative, the 2012 Belmont certainly did not lack excitement.

Paynter, a 7/2 favorite to begin the day, led for the majority of the mile and a half race, before Union Rags, a 3/1 favorite, seized the lead in the final hundred yards, as the horses ran side-by-side. Union Rags was able to outlast Paynter, resulting in a photo finish. Atigun finished third

Below is a picture of the photo finish:

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Belmont Stakes 2012: Preakness, Kentucky Derby Runner-Up Bodemeister To Skip Belmont

After losing to I'll Have Another for the second straight time Saturday, the owners and trainers of Bodemeister have decided to skip the Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg of horse racing Triple Crown. The news came Sunday from Bodemeister's trainer Bob Baffert, who said that was actually the plan all along.

Baffert indicated that Bodemeister will rest up and point for a return to the races in the July 29 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, a race the trainer has won five times, including the last two years with Lookin at Lucky and Coil.

On Saturday, Bodemesiter was edged by I'll Have Another for a second time in two weeks, which sets up a dramatic June 9 race at the Belmont that could feature its first Triple Crown winner since 1978.


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2012 Preakness Winner: I'll Have Another Wins Again, Sets Up Triple Crown Run At Belmont

The 2012 Preakness went much like the the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Bodemesiter – the favorite for the second consecutive race – jumped out to an early lead and led much of the way. It wasn't until the final stretch that I'll Have Another made a move, surpassing Bodemesiter in the final few yards to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.

I'll Have Another is owned by J. Paul Reddam, jockeyed by Mario Gutierrez, and trained by Doug F. O'Neill.

It's been 34 years since a horse has won the Triple Crown – since Affirmed did so in 1978. I'll Have Another will have the opportunity to break that streak at the Belmont Stakes.

SB Nation Philly will have news updates, results, and more from the 2012 Preakness. SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has you covered for all your horse racing news and analysis.

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