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 With less than a week to go before the 2012 Belmont Stakes, a few bookmakers are beginning to float their fixed-odds betting markets as the United States and the UK face a unique scenario of having two horses with a live Triple Crown. It remains to be seen whether Camelot will be able to contest the St Leger at York later in the summer, or whether he will be pointed towards the Arc or campaigned against older horses.


Should Camelot be pointed towards a race against older colts, you can expect him to be retired at the end of this season. A tilt at the Arc or a run on Champions Day would likely indicate that he'll be campaigned again as a four-year-old.

I'll Have Another gets his big test this weekend on the long, sweeping turns of Belmont Park. A testing 1m4f, which is a rare distance for dirt racing in America, is the only thing that stands between Mario Gutierrez, his mount and the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

Many bookmakers have the improbable colt, who rose to prominence by winning the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at a 43/1 price, trading as the considerable favourite with an even money price being listed pretty much everywhere. I'll Have Another has shown the ability to be tactical, which is the key feature of American dirt racing, as opposed to Camelot's strong turn of foot and rapid acceleration. It also appears that he will be able to handle the 1m4f distance, but he is sure to face some stiff competition despite a field that is beginning to dwindle.

Alpha was withdrawn from consideration after developing a small issue that won't jeopardize his racing career but has sidelined him for the upcoming weekend. A few interesting new shooters step up but many feel as though they are grasping at straws by attempting to derail I'll Have Another's chances.

The big ones to watch out for are Dullahan and Union Rags who had sharply different fortunes in the Kentucky Derby. Dullahan overcame both a tough trip and having to go nine-wide turning for home to finish a strong third – gaining ground with every step at the end. While Union Rags broke badly and was checked by Dullahan coming out of the gate. He never recovered and finished well off the pace despite taking a lot of money.

Dullahan will have a new jockey for this one and is gaining momentum with a 3/1 price. Union Rags can be backed anywhere from 5/1 to 7/1 while the other interesting colt worth mentioning is a mysterious Bob Baffert trainee called Paynter. Owned by Bodemeisters connections, Zayat stable, he finished a solid second in the Cliff's Edge Derby Trial in his selectively-raced campaign. Baffert has insisted that he is, in fact, better than Bodemeister and he could be set to be completely unleashed here.

Pay attention to the fact that Paynter is out of a full sister to Tiznow – who knew a thing or two about winning at Belmont. He is sired by Awesome Again, who won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic with a late-running flourish. This horse has all the indications in his pedigree that he could be a factor in a race like the Belmont Stakes and there has been a recent trend of high-paying Belmont winners.

Bet365 is paying out an impressive 7/1 on Paynter to win the 2012 Belmont Stakes.  

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