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Union Rags Wins Belmont Stakes

Union Rags surged past Paynter in the stretch to capture the 144th Belmont Stakes today in New York.It was Union Rags' first race since a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.The Bob Baffert-trained Paynter nearly led wire-to-wire in the mile-and-a-half race but could not hold off Union Rags, with John Velazquez aboard, at the finish.Atigun was the third-place finisher.    

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.