The 2012 Belmont Stakes took a huge hit when overwhelming favorite and Triple Crown hopeful, I'll Have Another, was scratched due to injury and was retired prior to the race, but the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown certainly did not lack excitements.
The longest race of the Triple Crown races was led by Paynter for the majority of the run, but Union Rags made its push in the final stretch and eventually overtook Paynter for the lead with a couple hundred yards remaining, to win the Belmont Stakes.
Union Rags opened the day with 3/1 odds of winning the race. Paynter – the horse finishing second – opened the day as a 7/2 favorite.
Below is a picture of the photo finish: