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Belmont Stakes 2012: Paynter, Street Life Could Be Trendy Picks

The running of the 2012 Belmont Stakes is just a few hours away. A bit of the excitement surrounding the race has died out due to I'll Have Another being scratched with swelling in his knee, but there is still a strong field competing for what will be a very large purse.

The new favorites on Saturday: Dullahan with 5-1 odds, Union Rags at 6-1 and Paynter at 8-1. Street Life (12-1) has been moving up the boards a bit in recent days, as has My Adonis (20-1).

Here are the latest odds from Belmont.

1. Street Life (Jose Lezcano, 12-1)
2. Unstoppable U (Junior Alvarado, 30-1)
3. Union Rags (John Velazquez, 6-1)
4. Atigun (Julien Leparoux, 30-1)
5. Dullahan (Javier Castellano, 5-1)
6. Ravelo's Boy (Alex Solis, 50-1)
7. Five Sixteen (Rosie Napravnik, 50-1)
8. Guyana Star Dweej (Kent Desormeaux, 50-1)
9. Paynter (Mike Smith, 8-1)
10. Optimizer (Corey Nakatani, 20-1)
I'll Have Another (Mario Gutierrez, 4-5) SCRATCHED
11. My Adonis (Ramon Dominguez, 20-1)

The post time for the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST.

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