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Triple Crown 2012: I'll Have Another A Heavy Favorite In Preliminary Odds

The preliminary odds for the 2012 Belmont Stakes have been set. Racing fans rooting to see the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 will like the very favorable 5-4 odds on I'll Have Another. Bettors may want to look a little further down the list to find a more lucrative wager.

Right behind the favorite is Union Rags with 5-1 odds. Dullahan is next with 11-2, followed by Paynter at 9-1 odds.

Horse Odds
Alpha 15-1
Atigun 15-1
Dullahan 11-2
Five Sixteen 50-1
Guyana Star Dweej 50-1
I’ll Have Another 5-4
Optimizer 30-1
Paynter 9-1
Street Life 12-1
Union Rags 5-1
Unstoppable U 28-1
Ravelo's Boy 50-1

Odds for the 10-horse field are likely to change between now and race day as the action heats up. The Belmont Stakes take place on June 9.

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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