Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another is the 4-5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner leads a 12 horse field.    He’ll run from post position No. 11, which is fine with trainer Doug O’Neill.    

“Being in the 11 hole, we’re able to kind of see how the pace sets up and if they’re crawling we’ll be hopefully leading the crawl and if they’re flying we’ll be sitting in behind the horses flying,” O'Neill said at today's post position draw at Belmont Park in New York.

The second betting choice is Dullahan, at 5-1.   The third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby did not run in the Preakness.  He’ll break from the No. 5 post position.

The third choice, at 6-1, is Union Rags, who will run from post position No. 3.  He finished seventh in the Derby and also skipped the Preakness to prepare for the Belmont.

Bodemeister, the second-place finisher in the Derby and Preakness, will sit out the Belmont.    I’ll Have Another will try to become racing’s 12thTriple Crown winner and the first since 1978. 



Rick Howlett is WFPL's Broadcast Managing Editor and also produces feature and general assignment radio stories.