I'll Have Another Draws Post 11 for Belmont
- Jun 6, 2012
Reddam Racing's I'll Have Another, bidding to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown June 9 in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will break from post 11. Made the 4-5 morning-line favorite, I'll Have Another will again be ridden by Mario Gutierrez.
|2012 Belmont Stakes Post Positions|
|1. Street Life||Jose Lezcano||12-1|
|2. Unstoppable U||Junior Alvarado||30-1|
|3. Union Rags||John Velazquez||6-1|
|4. Atigun||Julien Leparoux||30-1|
|5. Dullahan||Javier Castellano||5-1|
|6. Ravelo's Boy||Alex Solis||50-1|
|7. Five Sixteen||Rosie Napravnik||50-1|
|8. Guyana Star Dweej||Kent Desormeaux||50-1|
|9. Paynter||Mike Smith||8-1|
|10. Optimizer||Corey Nakatani||20-1|
|11. I'll Have Another||Mario Gutierrez||4-5|
|12. My Adonis||Ramon Dominguez||20-1|
I'll Have Another will face 11 rivals in the 12-furlong Belmont and again has drawn to the outside of most of his fellow 3-year-olds.
The son of Flower Alley was the first horse in the history of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to win after breaking from post 19 at Churchill Downs. In the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), I'll Have Another came from post 9 in an 11-horse line-up at Pimlico Race Course.
The 5-1 second choice on the morning line is Donegal Racing's Dullahan, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) this spring and a closing third in the Derby. Trained by Dale Romans, the son of Even the Score will be ridden by Javier Castellano. He broke from post 5 in the Derby, and will break from post 5 in the Belmont.
Union Rags, who finished seventh as the 5-1 second choice in the Derby, will break from post 3 under new rider John Velazquez. Union Rags, winner over the track last year in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I), is the 6-1 third choice.
I'll Have Another will attempt to become racing's 12th winner of the Triple Crown and first since Affirmed in 1978. Eleven have come to the "Test of the Champion" with a shot at the Crown since and gone home empty handed.
Two of the bids featured 12-horse fields, and three attempts were made when 11 3-year-olds faced the starter:
- Spectacular Bid finished third at 3-10 while facing seven horses in 1979.
- Pleasant Colony was third at 4-5 against 10 foes in 1981.
- Alysheba ran fourth of nine as the 4-5 favorite in 1987.
- Sunday Silence (9-10) finished second to Easy Goer in a 10-horse Belmont in 1989.
- Silver Charm finished second as the even-money favorite while facing six sophomores in 1997.
- Real Quiet was beaten a nose by Victory Gallop as the 4-5 choice in a 11-horse field in 1998.
- Charismatic was third as the 8-5 favorite while facing 11 foes in 1999.
- War Emblem was eighth at 6-5 against 10 foes in 2002.
- Funny Cide faded to finish third in the slop at even-money against just five in 2003.
- Smarty Jones was 3-10 and ran second in a nine-horse field in 2004.
- Big Brown was pulled up in nine-horse field in 2008 as the 3-10 favorite.
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