LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 28: Union Rags is riden by Julien Laparoux during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Triple Crown 2012: Union Rags Takes Home The Belmont Stakes Crown

Union Rags wins a close finish at the running of the 2012 Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown.

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Triple Crown 2012: I'll Have Another Pulls Out Of Belmont Stakes

Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown, and no horse has won it since 1978. None of that is going to change this weekend as I'll Have Another, winner of the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby, has been withdrawn from the 2012 Belmont Stakes

Doug O'Neill, trainer for I'll Have Another, just broke the news while he was on The Dan Patrick Show:

O'Nei'll was then asked if I'll Have Another had run its last race. His response: "If I had to wager....I would say yes."

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find a A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Belmont Stakes 2012 Post Positions: I'll Have Another Gets 11th Post Position

Much like in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, I'll Have Another will have to race from a tough spot at Saturday's Belmont Stakes in order to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. At the post draw on Wednesday, I'll Have Another drew the 11th post position for Saturday's race.

The one horse that poses the biggest challenge to I'll Have Another's chances, Dullahan, drew the fifth post position. Street Life drew the first post position and will get the rail right out of the gate.

Here is the rest of the Belmont Stakes' post positions.

1. Street Life
2. Unstoppable U
3. Union Rags
4. Atigun
5. Dullahan
6. Ravelo's Boy
7. Five Sixteen
8. Guyana Star Dweej
9. Paynter
10. Optimizer
11. I'll Have Another
12. My Adonis

The race is scheduled to begin at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday.

For more on the Preakness Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find a A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Belmont Stakes 2012: Alpha Pulled Out Of Race Because Of Fever

I'll Have Another now has one less competitor to possibly quash his Triple Crown dreams. Alpha, currently a 15-1 draw at June 9's Belmont Stakes, has been pulled out of the race by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin after the horse spiked a fever on Tuesday.

The horse's temperature has dropped back down after an antibiotic regimen, but McLaughlin claimed that the horse had missed too much training time and it would put undue stress on the horse in the longest race of the Triple Crown according to Daily Racing Form.

It's just not the thing to do. It's a demanding race, the mile and a half. We need to be 110 percent and we're not.

Alpha had won the Withers and the Count Fleet in prep races for the Kentucky Derby. He also finished second by a neck to Gemologist at the Wood Memorial before finishing twelfth at the Kentucky Derby.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find a A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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