- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2012

ELMONT, N.Y. — No one quite knows how fast the Belmont Stakes will be, but Paynter and Unstoppable U figure to be on the lead, at least in the early stages. I’ll Have Another shouldn’t be too far behind.

If jockey Mario Guterriez is able to resist the urge to storm out to the lead too early, a mistake many have made and cost themselves the final jewel of the Triple Crown, then I’ll Have Another stands a great chance of making history.

“He’ll damn sure be in my exacta,” Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. “I can’t see him being very far out of it, even if he gets beat, really.”

The prevailing opinion is I’ll Have Another is the horse to beat. After impressive victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, that’s the least surprising notion of the week.

I’ll Have Another has the chops to win the Belmont Stakes, and if he does, it will be a remarkable occasion for anyone in attendance or watching on TV. Get your souvenir ticket, but if you want to take a shot at making money if history falls through, bet on Dullahan.

After turning my imaginary $100 into $951.70 at the 2011 Preakness, I took a step back at this year’s race, losing $4. If you’re counting, you’d be up $947.70 if betting with me so far.

I’ve been given an imaginary pot of $100 to wager on the Belmont Stakes. This is how I would use the money:

• $20 to win on Dullahan

• $5 to win on I’ll Have Another

• $5 to win on Union Rags

• $1 exacta I’ll Have Another-All ($11)

• $1 exacta All-I’ll Have Another ($11)

• $2 exacta box I’ll Have Another-Dullahan-Unstoppable U ($12)

• $1 trifecta box I’ll Have Another-Dullahan-Street Life-Unstoppable U ($12)

• $1 superfecta box I’ll Have Another-Dullahan-Street Life-Unstoppable U ($24)

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