Belmont Stakes 144

View the excitement of Belmont Stakes 144.

Mario Guteirrez sits on I'll Have Another during his retirement ceremony.

Photo: Steve Heuertz

Doug O'Neill with I'll Have Another prior to the Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Steve Heuertz

The Belmont Stakes field is lead onto the track for the post parade.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Dullahan in the Belmont Post Parade.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Union Rags in the post parade.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Union Rags warms up while heading to the starting gate.

Photo: Steve Heuertz

Atigun loading into the starting gate.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Paynter loading into the starting gate.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Union Rags loading into the starting gate.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

And they're off in the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes!

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

The Belmont field runs strong at the start.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Paynter heads towards the front with Union Rags positioning well early.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Paynter leads the field in the Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Steve Heuertz

Union Rags with a focused John Velazquez.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Union Rags, Paynter and Atigun in the final stretch.

Photo: Dave W. Harmon

Union Rags making his move to pass Paynter and grow the lead on Atigun in the final stretch.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Mike Smith and Johnny V. battle for the lead.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Paynter and Union Rags approaching the finish line.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Union Rags passes Paynter in the late stretch.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Can Paynter rally back or will Baffert finish second as in the previous two jewels of the triple crown?

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

At the finish!

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Union Rags wins the 2012 Belmont Stakes!

Photo: Skip Dickstein

A side view of the thrilling Belmont Stakes finish.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

John Velazquez gives a thumbs up to NBC, after winning the 144th Belmont Stakes on Union Rags.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Union Rags is cooled off by John Velazquez in the winner's circle.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Russell Jones, with Union Rags, celebrates in the winner's circle.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Velazquez crew after winning the Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Dave Harmon

The garland of carnations is draped over Union Rags in the winners circle.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Union Rags gets a tap on the nose from owner Phyllis Wyeth after winning the 144th running of The Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Union Rags owner Phyllis Wyeth, right holds the winning owner's trophy with the aid of jockey John Velazquez, left.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

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