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2022 Louisiana Derby morning-line odds, picks: Racing insider offers bet strategy for Saturday's race

Fresh off from hitting the $660 exacta in the Tampa Bay Derby, sharp handicapper and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir targets Saturday's Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course
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Risen Star Stakes winner Epicenter can establish himself as one of the leading contenders for the 2022 Kentucky Derby when he leaves the starting gate in the 2022 Louisiana Derby on Saturday at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. He's the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the 2022 Louisiana Derby odds. The Todd Pletcher-trained Pioneer of Medina is 5-1 in the nine-horse 2022 Louisiana Derby field. Five other Louisiana Derby 2022 horses are 8-1 or shorter. Post time for the $1 million Louisiana Derby is 6:44 p.m. ET. 

With a loaded field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you NEED to see what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any Louisiana Derby picks.

A Saratoga Springs-based racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker, Weir is a two-time qualifier for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. He has produced multiple five-figure days at the track over the years, including a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar in 2014. Last year, he was on fire. He hit the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby and the superfecta in the Belmont Stakes! Those were just some of his scores in 2021.

This year, he has hit a Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park, the trifecta in the Pegasus World Cup, the exacta in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and the exacta in the Tampa Bay Derby, among other scores. Now, Weir has handicapped the 2022 Louisiana Derby field, made his picks and constructed his bets.

One surprise: Weir does not have Epicenter among his top two choices, even though he is the 7-5 favorite! "I suspect Epicenter will be challenged early and not get the easy lead he experienced in the Risen Star," he told SportsLine.

Instead, Weir is high on a horse who "may get overlooked again in the wagering." He also is high on a long shot to "get first run over the closers." Weir is including these horses in his 2022 Louisiana Derby bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks before locking in any of your own!

What horse wins the 2022 Louisiana Derby? And what long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine right now to get the top 2022 Louisiana Derby picks and bets, all from the racing insider who nailed the Tampa Bay Derby and Pegasus World Cup!

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