2022 Stephen Foster Stakes morning-line odds, picks: Racing insider offers betting strategy for Saturday's race

Red-hot handicapper and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir, who hit the Pick 4 at Belmont Park for $1,851 on May 14, targets the Stephen Foster Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs
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Mandaloun returns to the site of his biggest career victory when he leaves the starting gate in the 2022 Stephen Foster Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. A 4-year-old trained by Brad Cox, Mandaloun will be making his first start under the twin spires since he was elevated to first place in the 2021 Kentucky Derby after the disqualification of Medina Spirit. Mandaloun has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Stephen Foster odds. The Bill Mott-trained Olympiad is the 5-2 second choice in the seven-horse Stephen Foster field, while the Todd Pletcher-trained Americanrevolution is the 7-2 third choice. Post time is 5:47 p.m. ET. 

With an accomplished field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any Stephen Foster Stakes 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.

This year, he has been red-hot in the Triple Crown prep races, hitting the superfecta in the Blue Grass Stakes, the trifecta in the Louisiana Derby and exactas in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby. He also has hit the 19-1 winner of the Man o' War Stakes, the trifecta in the Pegasus World Cup, the superfecta in the Met Mile and multiple Pick 4s, including May 14's at Belmont for $1,851. One week ago he hit the 6-1 winner of the Mother Goose Stakes and the Pick 4 at Belmont Park. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Weir has handicapped the 2022 Stephen Foster Stakes field, made his picks and constructed his bets.

One surprise: Weir is taking a stand against Olympiad even though he is the 5-2 second choice. "I have a nagging suspicion he just may have taken advantage of some relatively easy spots," Weir says. Weir prefers three horses over Olympiad. 

Moreover, Weir's top pick is a horse who was "not fully cranked" for his last race. Weir also is high on a long shot who is "dangerous at a price." Weir is including these horses in his 2022 Stephen Foster Stakes bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks before locking in any of your own!

Who will win the Stephen Foster Stakes 2022? What long shot is a MUST-BACK? And how has Weir constructed his wagers? ... Join SportsLine right now to get the top 2022 Stephen Foster Stakes picks all from the racing insider who has been red-hot this year!


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