Twitter's Belmont Stakes Early Odds, Suspension: Fan's View

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Triple Crown 2012 anticipation has horse racing fans flocking to early odds lists to see if I'll Have Another is still a likely winner for the Belmont Stakes. Around the web, amateur to expert handicappers are chiming in long before the race begins. With resources like Twitter, the crowd lets us know which horse they think will win the 2012 Belmont Stakes on June, 9.

Top 2012 Belmont Stakes accounts and hashtags

Finding the latest news from key resources before the Belmont Stakes is important for picking the winning horse. For example, weather will affect how a horse runs on the racetrack. Of course, you can easily get real-time weather information through the posts of Twitter users. Other details you can gather from tweets are; advice from experts, special announcements from Belmont Park, and details about morning exercise from individual horses.

Keywords, accounts, and hashtags to regularly review on Twitter are @TripleCrown (#TC12) and @BelmontStakes (#Belmont). News sources for the 2012 Belmont Stakes include @ NYRAnews, @HRTV, @TVG, and @ABRLive. Following key Belmont Stakes horses (like I'll Have Another) and their trainers is another way to glean the latest news about the 2012 Triple Crown.

Tweeted picks for updated Belmont Stakes contenders

Naturally, I'll Have Another is the top tweet being passed around online in the weeks before the race. This horse is on a winning streak and fans are trying to decide whether this means he is a 2012 Triple Crown sure bet. For the moment, there is hesitation to announce any early odds. Most amateur handicappers are like @Thedreadpirate who says, "They've updated the contenders list for the Belmont Stakes!!! I have until the 9th to get my picks together!!"

On the other hand, at least two amateur horse racing handicappers are having serious discussions about which Belmont Stakes pick has the best odds of winning. For instance, @mgagliano posts, "Who's your early picks for Belmont Stakes? I think I'll Have Another wins the Triple Crown, but I like Dullahan and Alpha."

@LipWrecked1982 also adds to this with, "So far the only real contenders to beat IHA are Dullahan, Union Rags and Alpha IMO. NY heads will be betting Alpha."

Experts tweet their top 2012 Belmont Stakes picks

It is difficult to find early odds until the week before a race. Nonetheless, horse racing experts are putting their best foot forward with the current Belmont Stakes contenders. So far, @DRFDerby tweets Watchmaker's early odds with, "I'll Have Another 4-5, Dullahan 5-1, Union Rags 6-1."

While they are not linking out early odds, @ChristinaTVG, DRFGrening, and @GoHorseBetting are giving Twitter followers a chance to see every piece of news that is related to the 2012 Belmont Stakes. Some of these tweets include video of I'll Have Another hanging out at Belmont Park, how many horses are at the track, and updates on jockeys.

I'll Have Another trainer suspended

A link tweeted over Memorial Day weekend that has fans rattled is the alleged I'll Have Another milkshake scandal. Threatening to ruin everyone's 2012 Belmont Stakes odds, BloodHorse.com announced that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner may have a suspended trainer.

As it appears, those that chose I'll Have Another for their top Belmont pick do not need to worry about their favorite horse being doped. Instead, these violations incurred by Doug O'Neill are tallied back to 2010.

Current 2012 Belmont Stakes odds, contenders, trainers

Picking your own early odds for the 2012 Belmont Stakes is easy with the right resources. In the days before the race, be sure to check the official contenders list at BelmontStakes.com frequently. There, you will find any additions or subtractions to the race and the odds (set by Belmont Park) for each horse to win.

1. Alpha, 15-1, Kiaran McLaughlin

2. Atigun, 15-1, Ken McPeek

3. Dullahan, 5-1, Dale Romans

4. Five Sixteen, 50-1, Dominick Schettino

5. Guyana Star Dweej, 50-1, Doodnauth Shivmangal

6. I'll Have Another, 4-5, Doug O'Neill

7. Optimizer, 30-1, D. Wayne Lukas

8. Paynter, 12-1, Bob Baffert

9. Street Life, 15-1, Chad Brown

10. Union Rags, 6-1, Michael Matz

11. Unstoppable U, 30-1, Ken McPeeks

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Maryam Louise is a longtime resident of the Bluegrass State and has lived in the shadows of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky over the past two decades. In addition to being a fan of horse racing, she has also had a chance to get to know jockeys, horse groomers, and betting clerks as an ESL instructor. Currently, she writes for KentuckyDerby.org and relies on her friends in the multiple facets of the equine industry for writing inspiration.

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