Despite the absence of I'll Have Another – the overwhelming favorite and Triple Crown hopeful – the 2012 Belmont Stakes certainly did not lack excitement or drama, as Paynter and Union Rags ran side-by-side down the final stretch, resulting in a photo finish.
Union Rags opened the day as a 3/1 favorite to win the Belmont and paid $7.50. Conversely, Paynter was a 7/2 favorite. A two dollar trifecta of 3-9 paid $31.40 and a one dollar trifecta of 3-9-4 paid $248.00.
The Belmont Stakes – the third leg of horse racing's elusive Triple Crown – is the longest of the three races, stretching a mile and a half. Union Rags needed every yard of the track to win in 2012.