There was quite a hush that fell over the world of horse racing yesterday morning. The favorite and media darling I'll Have Another had been scratched from the final jewel of Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown.

It would have been fun to see a horse try and do something that no other horse has done in a couple of decades but the truth is, it wasn't going to happen any way.

I'll Have Another is a great horse, he wasn't going to win the Belmont Stakes. In my opinion the previous two races, the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness had taken too much of a toll on the three year old. Although I am sure he would have made a valiant run for the wire, I am afraid the distance and the  previous races would have just been too much to overcome.

Now that I have told you who won't win the Belmont, I guess you need to know who will? Union Rags, that is your winner. It will be close and I wouldn't be surprised if Dullahan and Paynter where in the photo at the wire. In my opinion there are only three horse with a chance to win. If you play exotics you better have all three of these guys figured in some way or another.

Here is my ticket I have Union Rags across the board to Win, Place and Show. I also have Union Rags boxed in a trifecta with Paynter and Dullahan.

Here is how the race will shape up. Paynter will lead through the first turn, down the back stretch and into the turn to come home. Union Rags and Dullahan will be hanging toward the middle or back of the pack and as they begin the turn for home both horse will spring to life and begin coming to the front. Paynter will have the lead as they hit the home stretch with Dullahan forced wide and the cunning John Velasquez saving ground with Union Rags on the rail. With a sixteenth to go Union Rags will explode into the lead and a charging Dullahan will pass a tiring Paynter in a very close battle for second.

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