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Louisiana Derby Picks and 2022 Wagering Guide

Louisiana Derby Picks and 2022 Wagering Guide

There is one horse who has defeated Epicenter this year – Peter Cantrell and Benjamin Gase’s Call Me Midnight. The Keith Desormeaux trainee skipped the Risen Star (G2) last month hoping to have a fresher horse for the rigors of what he hopes is a journey on the Triple Crown trail.

“Right after the Lecomte (G3), it seemed like a no brainer to come back in the Risen Star, but after talking it over with Pete (Cantrell) and putting all the factors out there to weigh, which included a heavy campaign as a 2-year-old and the great response he had after the time off he had between the Kentucky Jockey Club and the Lecomte, plus the fact that we’re not only planning on the Louisiana Derby but the Kentucky Derby, we just thought that, this is what the facts are telling us,” Desormeaux explained.

Can he beat him again? Keep reading.

This Inside Track to the Louisiana Derby wagering guide gives you an inside look at the eight stakes races running at Fair Grounds Race Course on March 26, 2022, including the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2). The 1 3/16-mile race is worth 100-40-20-10 points to the top 4 finishers on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

The Racing Dudes have been at it for 10 years, offering daily handicapping picks and analysis for every track across the country. For this year’s Inside Track to the Louisiana Derby, our lead handicappers have been scouring through the card at Fair Grounds in search of winning tickets on this loaded day of racing.

The eight stakes races total over $2.5 million in purses and include both Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep races – the Louisiana Derby and the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) – as well as the $500,000 New Orleans Classic (G2), the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic (G2), the $100,000 Tom Benson Memorial, the $75,000 Costa Rising, the $75,000 Crescent City Derby, and the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks.

But that’s not all! Along with the eight major stakes races, this Inside Track to the Louisiana Derby wagering guide also includes race-by-race analysis, betting suggestions, and multi-race plays for Fair Ground’s entire Saturday card.

Louisiana Derby Picks

Inside Track to the 2022 Louisiana Derby

Get the MONSTER 13-page wagering guide to the 2022 Louisiana Derby featuring in-depth analysis of all 8 stakes running at Fair Grounds, including the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2)!

For each of the eight stakes at Fair Grounds, you will find the following:


  • Race Overview 
  • Race Shape and Pace Analysis 
  • Top Selections 
  • Major Threats 
  • Longshots to Use

You will also find specific wagering under the “Picks and Plays” section, which includes: 

  • Win Bet
  • Place or Show Bet
  • Longshot to Play Across the Board 
  • Exacta
  • Trifecta
  • Superfecta 
  • Horses to use in Multi-Race Wagers 
  • What to Play on a Straight Wager
  • What to Play on an Exotic Wager

Each Win, Place, Show, or Across the Board wager comes with a confidence rating so that you can see how strongly we feel about each pick.

A sample of guide is available for download here. This INSIDE TRACK TO THE LOUISIANA DERBY wagering guide is included FREE with any subscription or can be purchased individually by clicking the banner below for $29.95.

Year to Date Winnings


Exacta Trifecta Superfecta Daily Double
$3,445.00 $12,655.60 $12,979.40 $7,778.80
Pick 3 Pick 4 Pick 5
$22,029.40 $13,629.00 $11,376.80