Union Rags Wins Belmont Stakes

144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Horses break from the gate during the start of the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: (EDITORS NOTE: A VARIABLE FOCAL PLANE LENSE WAS USED TO CREATE THIS IMAGE) Union Rags ridden by John Velazquez (R) beats Paynter ridden by Mike Smith (L) at the wire to win the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Jockey John Velazquez takes Union Rags into the winners circle after winning the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Union Rags trainer Michael Matz (L) and jockey John Velazquez (R) hold up the trophy in the winners circle after winning the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Jockey John Velazquez celebrates after guiding Union Rags to victory in the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Horses head out to the track at the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Horses head out to the track at the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Patrons watch a horse race before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Horse go by during race three before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Fans dressed as jockeys pose before the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Julia Hanson, 8, of Chicago looks up at the statue of triple crown winner Secretariat in the paddock before the start of the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A race fan holds up a poster of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another at a promotional table prior to the start of the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. I'll Have Another will be ceremonial retired before the start of the stakes race. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another is walked to the track before a retirement ceremony before the start of the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. The triple crown hopeful is being retired due to an injury. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Union Rags ridden by John Velazquez narrowly beats Paynter ridden by Mike Smith during the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Union Rags ridden by John Velazquez narrowly beats Paynter ridden by Mike Smith during the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: The horses leave the gates at the start of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: John Velasquez, Jockey of Union Rags celebrates his victory during the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: John Velasquez, Jockey of Union Rags celebrates his victory during the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Union Rags (R) ridden by John Velasquez wins the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes with Paynter, Ridden by Mike Smith running second at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A general view of the start of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Union Rags ridden by John Velazquez narrowly beats Paynter ridden by Mike Smith during the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Union Rags ridden by John Velazquez (R) outruns Paynter ridden by Mike Smith (L) to win the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Union Rags ridden by John Velazquez (R) outruns Paynter ridden by Mike Smith (L) to win the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Union Rags trainer Michael Matz (L) and jockey John Velazquez (R) hold up the trophy in the winners circle after winning the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A woman holds up a sign as jockey John Velazquez sits abourd Union Rags in the winners circle after winning the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Police remove a woman from the winners circle after she held up sign following the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Union Rags ridden by John Velasquez wins the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes with Paynter, Ridden by Mike Smith running second and Atigun ridden by Julien Leparoux finished third at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A general view of the start of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: A general view of the start of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
144th Belmont Stakes
144th Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Horses stand with Police officers up before the start of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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