Union Rags Wins Belmont Stakes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Union Rags nipped Paynter at the wire in a photo finish to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, beating a field without Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another who was retired with an injury.

The finish was another thriller in the final leg of the Triple Crown, and hard luck trainer Bob Baffert was on the losing end each
time.

I'll Have Another used two stirring stretch drives to beat
Baffert's Bodemeister in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. In the
1 1/2-mile Belmont, it was Union Rags who provided the thrills.

A crowd of 85,811 cheered as the horses battled down the
stretch, and Union Rags barely caught the front-runner at the end.

Union Rags, trained by Michael Matz, finished a disappointing
seventh in the Derby and skipped the Preakness.


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