Profiles of 2012 Belmont Stakes runners

Brief profiles of participants for the 144th Belmont Stakes, to be run at Belmont Park on Saturday.


(Horse number / horse name / jockey / trainer)

1. STREET LIFE; Jose Lezcano; Chad Brown; A lightly raced colt who has won two of his five career starts, all as a 3yo. Failed to qualify for the Kentucky Derby after finishing sixth in the Wood Memorial and faces an even tougher task in the Belmont.

2. UNSTOPPABLE U; Junior Alvarado; Ken McPeek; Has only raced twice but won impressively both times, albeit against modest opposition. Trainer Ken McPeek won the 2003 Belmont Stakes with 70-1 outsider Sarava and is hoping for another huge upset.

3. UNION RAGS; John Velazquez; Michael Matz; An outstanding 2yo who was beaten just once in his juvenile season. Union Rags was one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby but finished seventh after getting checked early in the race. Skipped the Preakness to save himself for the Belmont.

4. ATIGUN, Julien Leparoux, Ken McPeek; The second of McPeek's two runners in the race. Has won two of his four starts this season, including his last outing, but flopped in the Arkansas Derby when taking on better opposition. Will need to improve to challenge in the Belmont.

5. DULLAHAN; Javier Castellano; Dale Romans; Flashed home to finish third in the Kentucky Derby then was given a break to prepare for the Belmont, run over an extra quarter of a mile (402 metres), and looms as the biggest danger to I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid. Romans won the Preakness last year with Shackleford while Castellano was second in the Belmont aboard Stay Thirsty.

6. RAVELO'S BOY; Alex Solis; Manny Azpurua; Longshot who hasn't raced in almost three months. Has won two races against inferior opposition but never raced outside of Florida or close to the distance of the Belmont.

7. FIVE SIXTEEN; Rosie Napravnik; Dominick Schettino; Only broke his maiden two starts ago, at his fifth outing, and is sharply up in grade. Last month, Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks aboard Believe You Can.

8. GUYANA STAR DWEEJ; Kent Desormeaux; Doodnauth Shivmangal; Another outsider who has won just one of his nine career starts. Desormeaux, a Hall of Fame jockey, won the Belmont Stakes three years ago on Summer Bird.

9. PAYNTER; Mike Smith; Bob Baffert; A stablemate of Bodemeister, the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Finished fourth behind I'll Have Another at the Santa Anita Derby and has won since. Smith won the Belmont two years ago aboard Drosselmeyer while Baffert saddled up the 2001 Belmont winner Point Given.

10. OPTIMIZER; Corey Nakatani; D. Wayne Lukas; The only horse apart from I'll Have Another to contest all three legs of the Triple Crown but with considerably less success, finishing 11th in the Kentucky Derby and sixth in the Preakness. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has won the Belmont four times previously.

11. I'LL HAVE ANOTHER; Mario Gutierrez; Doug O'Neill; Brilliant winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, I'll Have Another is bidding to become just the 12th horse, and the first in 34 years, to complete the Triple Crown. Will start as the odds-on favourite and will take a power of beating.

12. MY ADONIS; Ramon Dominguez; Kelly Breen; A late entry for the race, My Adonis has won two of his 11 career starts and was 21st in the order of entry for the Kentucky Derby, with only the top 20 getting in. Breen won the Belmont last year with Ruler On Ice.

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