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Louisiana Derby 2022 predictions, odds, contenders: Horse racing picks, bets from expert who nailed Pegasus

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. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the all-time winningest trainer in North American racing, Epicenter has three wins and one second in five career starts. He is the 7-5 favorite in the 2022 Louisiana Derby odds. The Todd Pletcher-trained Pioneer of Medina is getting 5-1 odds in the nine-horse Louisiana Derby 2022 field. Five other 2022 Louisiana Derby horses are 8-1 or shorter. 

Post time for the $1 million Louisiana Derby 2022 is 6:44 p.m. ET. With relatively inexperienced three-year-olds 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 2022 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, he has handicapped the 2022 Louisiana Derby entries, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them here.

Top 2022 Louisiana Derby predictions

One surprise: Weir does not have Epicenter among his top two choices, even though he is the clear favorite. A son of budding sire Not This Time, Epicenter has made five career starts and his speed figures have improved with every start. He is coming off a gate-to-wire victory in the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds.

But in that race, Epicenter was allowed to set an uncontested lead, a scenario that Weir does not believe will play out on Saturday. “I suspect Epicenter will be challenged early and not get the easy lead he experienced in the Risen Star,” he told SportsLine. Weir prefers two horses over Epicenter.

How to make 2022 Louisiana Derby picks, bets

Weir is high on a horse who “may get overlooked 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. He’s sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.

So who wins the Louisiana Derby 2022? What long shot is a must-back? And how has Weir constructed his wagers? Check out the latest Louisiana Derby odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir’s picks for the Louisiana Derby, all from the insider who nailed the Pegasus World Cup.

2022 Louisiana Derby odds, contenders, horses, lineup

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