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Union Rags, right, with jockey John Velazquez, holds off Paynter, with jockey Mike Smith, to win the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Belmont Stakes 2012

Fans arrive at Belmont Park in Elmont for the 144th Belmont Stakes.

Eventual winner Union Rags, third from right, and
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Eventual winner Union Rags, third from right, and the rest of the field leave the starting gate during the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Jockey John Velasquez pumps his fist as he
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Jockey John Velasquez pumps his fist as he rides Union Rags into the winner's circle after the Belmont Stakes horse race. (June 9, 2012)

The start of the 44th running of the
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The start of the 44th running of the Grade 1 $1 million Belmont Stakes with the Union Rags (3) in the middle. (June 9, 2012)

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The start of the 44th running of the
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The start of the 44th running of the Grade 1 $1 million Belmont Stakes June 9, at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

The 44th running of the Grade 1 $1
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The 44th running of the Grade 1 $1 million Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY. (June 9, 2012)

Jockey John Velazquez after winning the 144th Belmont
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Jockey John Velazquez after winning the 144th Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

Union Rags is led back to the barn
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Union Rags is led back to the barn after winning the 144th Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch the 11th race of the 144th
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Spectators watch the 11th race of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

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Spectators watch the 11th race of the 144th
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Spectators watch the 11th race of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Jockey John Velazquez smiles aboard Union Rags after
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Jockey John Velazquez smiles aboard Union Rags after their win in the Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

Jockey John Velazquez rides Union Rags, right, to
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Jockey John Velazquez rides Union Rags, right, to victory over Paynter, with jockey Mike Smith, in the Belmont Stakes horse race. (June 9, 2012)

Union Rags with jockey John Velazquez up, right,
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Union Rags with jockey John Velazquez up, right, edged Paynter with jockey Mike Smith at the line to win the 144th Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

Union Rags with jockey John Velazquez up, right,
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Union Rags with jockey John Velazquez up, right, edged Paynter with jockey Mike Smith at the line to win the 144th Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

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Union Rags, inside, with jockey John Velazquez, defeats
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Union Rags, inside, with jockey John Velazquez, defeats Paynter, with Mike Smith, in the Belmont Stakes horse race. (June 9, 2012)

Union Rags with jockey John Velazquez up, right,
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Union Rags with jockey John Velazquez up, right, edged Paynter with jockey Mike Smith at the line to win the 144th Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

Union Rags, right, with jockey John Velazquez, holds
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Union Rags, right, with jockey John Velazquez, holds off Paynter, with jockey Mike Smith, to win the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Shown is an aerial view of the south
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Shown is an aerial view of the south entrance and parking lot at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes. Hempstead Turnpike is seen in the foreground. (June 9, 2012)

Shown is an aerial view of Belmont Park
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Shown is an aerial view of Belmont Park in Elmont, NY before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

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Horse racing fans enjoying Secretariat monument in the
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Horse racing fans enjoying Secretariat monument in the paddock at the 44th running of the Grade 1 $1 million Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

J. Paul Reddam left, talking with I'll
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J. Paul Reddam left, talking with I'll Have Another Jockey Mario Gutierrez in the Paddock at the 44th running of the Grade 1 $1 million Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

J. Paul Reddam left, talking with I'll Have
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J. Paul Reddam left, talking with I'll Have Another Jockey Mario Gutierrez in the Paddock at the 44th running of the Grade 1 $1 million Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

A horse is being led back after
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A horse is being led back after an early race during the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Meline Lo of Manhattan fixes her make up
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Meline Lo of Manhattan fixes her make up during an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators during an early race before the 144th
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Spectators during an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

2 year-old Brady Hom of Brooklyn sits on
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2 year-old Brady Hom of Brooklyn sits on his father's shoulders during an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

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Rebecca Siek of Manhattan during an early race
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Rebecca Siek of Manhattan during an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Jeanna Betterberg of Lake Grove, NY looks on
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Jeanna Betterberg of Lake Grove, NY looks on at the Belmont Stakes. (June 9, 2012)

Jeanna Betterberg of Lake Grove, NY looks on
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Jeanna Betterberg of Lake Grove, NY looks on at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont. (June 9, 2012)

Donna Zirbes of Lindenhurst, NY checks out the
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Donna Zirbes of Lindenhurst, NY checks out the program at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont. (June 9, 2012)

Yenma Kay and Justin Wade enjoy the scene
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Yenma Kay and Justin Wade enjoy the scene at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont. (June 9, 2012)

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Sandy and sister Ann Singh of Elmont attend
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Sandy and sister Ann Singh of Elmont attend the Belmont Stakes in Elmont. (June 9, 2012)

Snana Reade and sister Annika Sweetland both of
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Snana Reade and sister Annika Sweetland both of Brooklyn enjoy the scene at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont. (June 9, 2012)

Yenma Kay and Justin Wade read the program
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Yenma Kay and Justin Wade read the program at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont. (June 9, 2012)

A woman from the Bronx is wearing a
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A woman from the Bronx is wearing a straw hat at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont. (June 9, 2012)

Christopher Smith holds his 4 year-old son Chris
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Christopher Smith holds his 4 year-old son Chris Smith Jr. as they watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch an early race before the 144th
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Spectators watch an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators during an early race before the 144th
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Spectators during an early race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park. (June 9, 2012)

Spectators watch the third race at Belmont Park
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Spectators watch the third race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (June 9, 2012)

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Sepctators watch the fourth race at Belmont Park
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Sepctators watch the fourth race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (June 9, 2012)

Vic Anderson of Middletown, Conn., wears an I'll
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Vic Anderson of Middletown, Conn., wears an I'll Have Another pin at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (June 9, 2012)

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