Union Rags surged past Paynter in the stretch to capture the 144th Belmont Stakes today in New York.

It was Union Rags' first race since a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

The Bob Baffert-trained Paynter nearly led wire-to-wire in the mile-and-a-half race but could not hold off Union Rags, with John Velazquez aboard, at the finish.

Atigun was the third-place finisher.





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