Triple Crown 2012: Union Rags Runs Down Paynter In Stretch To Take 144th Belmont Stakes

Union Rags passed Paynter less than 100 yards from the wire to win a Belmont Stakes that was overshadowed by Friday's withdrawl of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another.

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Triple Crown 2012: I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont Stakes

The 34-year drought without a Triple Crown winner will not end this Saturday at the 2012 Belmont Stakes. I'll Have Another, winner of the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby, has been withdrawn from the race.

The horse's trainer Doug O'Neill just announced the news on The Dan Patrick Show:

On the show, O'Neill was asked if I'll Have Another had run its last race. His answer: "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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2012 Belmont Stakes Post Positions: I'll Have Another Draws No. 11 Position For Saturday

I'll Have Another has the opportunity to do something no horse has done in 34 years, win the Triple Crown. To do that, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will have to start from the No. 11 post at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

One of I'll Have Another's biggest competitors in the Belmont Stakes, Dullahan got the No. 5 post position. Getting the coveted No. 1 post position was Street Life, so he will have the rail coming out of the gates on Saturday's race.

The rest of the Belmont field is as follows.

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

Post time for the race is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. on Saturday with live television coverage on NBC.

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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