Union Rags overtook Paynter in the streatch to win the 2012 Belmont Stakes in a photo finish Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Despite the late scratch of Triple Crown hopeful and overwhelming favorite, I'll Have Another, the Belmont did not lack excitement.
Paynter led the longest of the Triple Crown races – a mile and half – from nearly start to finish, but Union Rags was able to make a push in the final hundred yards, eventually surpassing Paynter just before the finish line.
Union Rags opened the day with 3-1 odds to win the Belmont, while Paynter came in at 7-2. Atigun – a 15-1 longshot – finished third.
Belmont Stakes Results: Union Rags Runs Down Paynter to Capture Last Leg of 2012 Triple Crown (via sbnation)