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2021 Risen Star Stakes morning-line odds, picks: Racing insider offers bet strategy for Saturday's race

Sharp handicapper Bob Weir, who hit the exacta in last week's Sam F. Davis Stakes, targets another Kentucky Derby prep race, Saturday's Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course
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A field of 3-year-olds will battle on Saturday in the 2021 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The Robertino Diodoro-trained Keepmeinmind is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the 2021 Risen Star odds, but the horse is likely to be scratched, leaving a wide-open field. Post time is 7:18 p.m. ET.

Before you make any 2021 Risen Star picks, you NEED to see what racing insider Bob Weir has to say.

Based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Weir has been handicapping and following horse racing since reading Andy Beyer's landmark handicapping book "Picking Winners" in the late 1980s. Weir is highly invested in the Beyer Speed Figure, a number assigned to every race run by a horse that measures how fast the horse ran. He uses the figure as the backbone of his handicapping. In fact, thanks to his proficiency with speed figures and top-tier handicapping, he landed one of just eight spots on Beyer's figure-making team in 2017, a position he holds to this day.

Weir's methodology has produced multiple five-figure days. In 2014, he hit a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar. The following year, he nailed a $31,000 Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park. In 2016 and 2017, Weir qualified for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas!

Last year, his first for SportsLine, Weir was on fire. In June, Weir hit a $2 superfecta in the Ogden Phipps Stakes that paid a whopping $1,039. He crushed the exacta and trifecta in the Forego Stakes in August for $1,134.50. He hit the late Pick 4 at Belmont Park on June 18, June 19, June 25, July 2 and July 5, with the June 25 score returning a whopping $2,159.50. Last weekend, he nailed the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and Sunday's Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park. Anyone who has followed Weir is way up.

Now, he has handicapped the 2021 Risen Star Stakes field, made his picks and constructed his bets. 

One shocker: Weir is largely fading Senor Buscador, even though he is one of the top favorites at 6-1. "I don't trust him," Weir told SportsLine.

Instead, Weir is high on a double-digit long shot who "can spice up" your exotics! Weir is including this horse in his exactas, trifectas and superfectas, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see which horses they are before locking in any picks.

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