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Paynter Odds - 2012 Belmont Stakes Contenders

Paynter

Paynter is a contender for the 2012 Belmont Stakes. His odds are currently at 12-1 and he will start in Postion #9Jockey Mike Smith will ride Paynter, who is 2-1-0 in 4 career races. The 2012 Belmont Stakes start time and official post time is 6:35pm ET this Saturday from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. This is the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes was to be highlighted by I'll Have Another , who was attempting to become only the twelfth Triple Crown winner in history, but has been scratched for this race.

Paynter has a career earnings of $152,224. His Trainer is Bob Baffert and his pedigree is By Awesome Again out of a Cee's Tizzy mare (Tizso). Consider what Paynter has accomplished in just four races. After winning a maiden race at 5 1/2 furlongs in February, he stretched out to 1 1/8 miles in the Santa Anita Derby and ran a close fourth behind I’ll Have Another. Then he competed in the slop in the Derby Trial, finishing second, only to follow that up with a dominant score at Pimlico in an open allowance, a race that earned him a 106 Beyer Speed Figure. That 106 is the second-fastest Beyer earned by any horse in the Belmont field, trailing only the 109 that I’ll Have Another (Scratched) ran in winning the Preakness. Now Although he ran quickly at Pimlico, winning an allowance on the Preakness undercard doesn’t quite compare to running down Bodemeister in the Preakness as I’ll Have Another did. He also doesn’t quite have the distance foundation of other notable contenders, having started just twice in two-turn routes and never beyond 1  1/8 miles. Other concerns about Paynter's chances in the Belmont, they are these: the bottom half of his pedigree is a little light on stamina and his running style may compromise his chances to get a mile and a half. Paynter utilized a gate-to-wire running style in that outstanding performance at Pimlico three weeks ago. That may work when running a mile and a sixteenth, but it's a lot hard when a horse is trying to get 12 furlongs. Still If you are looking for a horse that could pull an upset at Belmont, then Paynter might be your colt. 

As of friday morning the updated Belmont Stakes Odds are: #1 Street Life (12-1), #2 Unstoppable U (30-1) #3 Union Rags (6-1), #4 Atigun (30-1), #5 Dullahan (5-1), #6 Ravelo's Boy (50-1), #7 Five Sixteen (50-1), #8 Guyana Star Dweej (50-1), #9 Paynter (8-1), #10 Optimizer (20-1), #11 I'll Have Another (4-5)(Scratched) and #12 My Adonis (20-1).

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Pregame.com Pro Marco D'Angelo and Dave Tuley from the Daily Racing Form discuss "Paynter" in the 2012 Belmont Stakes - including odds, post positions, handicapping tips, favorites & long shots!