I'll Have Another's scratch took a bit of the luster off the 2012 Belmont Stakes but, with a strong field of horses and close betting lines, the race still had plenty of intrigue. Union Rags and Dullahan entered the race as favorites, with Paynter close behind.
Paynter got off to a fast start and led the pack through the first quarter of a mile, with Union Rags and Dullahan both sitting comfortably in the middle after solid starts out of the gate. Paynter continued to lead all the way into the final stretch, with Union Rags coming up on the inside. It looked like Paynter was going to hold on until all but about 100 yards remained, when Union Rags surged past, winning at the line by a nose. Atigun finished in third.
Dullahan, the co-favorite along with Union Rags, never really got going and was left behind when the pace picked up.
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