The road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby rolls through Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans on Saturday when nine three-year-olds leave the starting gate in the 2022 Lecomte Stakes. A son of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, Pappacap is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the 2022 Lecomte Stakes odds. He is coming off a runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar in November. Epicenter is the 9-5 second choice in the nine-horse 2022 Lecomte Stakes field, while Trafalgar (5-1) and Cyberknife (6-1) are the third and fourth choices, respectively.

The winner of the race will earn 10 qualifying points towards the Kentucky Derby 2022. Post time is 7:20 p.m. ET. With nine 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 Lecomte Stakes picks.

A Saratoga Springs-based racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker, Weir has studied the sequence and constructed his wagers. A two-time qualifier for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas, Weir 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.

Now, he has handicapped the 2022 Lecomte Stakes field, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them here.

Top 2022 Lecomte Stakes predictions

One surprise: Weir's top pick is not Pappacap, even though he is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. Trained by Mark Casse, Pappacap has two wins and two seconds in five career starts. In his last race, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, he finished second to likely two-year-old champion Corniche.

But the Lecomte will be Pappacap's first race in more than three months, and Weir does not believe that Casse will have the horse fully cranked on Saturday considering that there are bigger goals down the line. "The problem is that Pappacap's connections are not pointing for this race; this is just a start to the year," Weir told SportsLine.

How to make Lecomte Stakes picks

Weir prefers two horses who "look eerily similar." Weir also says there's a "mystery horse" with double-digit odds who "might be worth a look." Weir is including these horses in his 2022 Lecomte Stakes bets, and so should you. He's sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.

So what horse wins the 2022 Lecomte Stakes? What double-digit mystery horse is a must-back? And how has Weir constructed his wagers? Check out the latest Lecomte Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir's picks for the Lecomte Stakes.

2022 Lecomte Stakes odds

Pappacap 8-5
Epicenter 9-5
Trafalgar 5-1
Cyberknife 6-1
Surfer Dude 15-1
Unified Report 15-1
Blue Kentucky 20-1
Call Me Midnight 20-1
Presidential 20-1