2021 Kentucky Derby Field And Odds

Posted By Fairway Jay on April 29, 2021 - Last Updated on May 25, 2021

The field is set for the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The post draw and morning line odds for the Kentucky Derby were released Tuesday, and the Run for the Roses has a full field of 20 runners.

The Derby favorite is Essential Quality (2-1), followed by Rock Your World (5-1) and Known Agenda (6-1).

Post Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Known Agenda 6-1 Irad Ortiz Jr. Todd Pletcher
2 Like the King 50-1 Drayden Van Dyke Wesley Ward
3 Brooklyn Strong 50-1 Umberto Rispoli Daniel Velazquez
4 Keepmeinmind 50-1 David Cohen Robertino Diodoro
5 Sainthood 50-1 Corey Lanerie Todd Pletcher
6 O Besos 20-1 Marcellino Pedroza Greg Foley
7 Mandaloun 15-1 Florent Geroux Brad Cox
8 Medina Spirit 15-1 John Velazquez Bob Baffert
9 Hot Rod Charlie 8-1 Flavien Prat Doug O’Neill
10 Midnight Bourbon 20-1 Mike Smith Steve Asmussen
11 Dynamic One 20-1 Jose Ortiz Todd Pletcher
12 Helium 50-1 Julien Leparoux Mark Casse
13 Hidden Stash 50-1 Rafael Bejarano Vicki Oliver
14 Essential Quality 2-1 Luis Saez Brad Cox
15 Rock Your World 5-1 Joel Rosario John Sadler
16 King Fury 20-1 Brian Hernandez Jr. Kenny McPeak
17 Highly Motivated 10–1 Javier Castellano Chad Brown
18 Super Stock 30-1 Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen
19 Soup and Sandwich 30-1 Tyler Gaffalione Mark Casse
20 Bourbonic 30-1 Kendrick Carmouche Todd Pletcher

America’s most popular race and “most exciting two minutes in sports” will draw significant wagering action after the 2019 race held in May set a record, with $165.5 million bet on the controversial race. Wagering on the 2020 race was down significantly due to the global pandemic and the change of date to September.

Types of bets and how to bet the Kentucky Derby

To quality for the 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby, horses competed in Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races at shorter distances and earned points based on top-four finishing position. The Championship Series races in 2021 awarded more points to the winners, and those races included:

Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series races

  • Feb. 13: Risen Star * – Fair Grounds (Winner – Mandaloun)
  • Feb. 27: Fountain of Youth * – Gulfstream Park (Greatest Honour)
  • March 6: Gotham Stakes * – Aqueduct (Weyburn)
  • March 6: Tampa Bay Derby * – Tampa Bay Downs (Helium)
  • March 6: San Felipe * – Santa Anita Park (Life Is Good)
  • March 13: Rebel Stakes * – Oaklawn Park (Concert Tour)
  • March 20: Louisiana Derby ** – Fair Grounds (Hot Rod Charlie)
  • March 27: Jeff Ruby Stakes ** – Turfway Park (Like the King)
  • March 27: Florida Derby ** – Gulfstream Park (Known Agenda)
  • March 27: UAE Derby ** – Meydan Race Course (Rebel’s Romance)
  • March 30: Sunland Derby * – Sunland Park (Canceled)
  • April 3: Blue Grass ** – Keeneland (Essential Quality)
  • April 3: Santa Anita Derby ** – Santa Anita Park (Rock Your World)
  • April 3: Wood Memorial ** – Aqueduct (Bourbonic)
  • April 10: Arkansas Derby ** – Oaklawn Park (Super Stock)

* 85-point race and 50 points to the winner

** 170-point race and 100 points to the winner

2021 Kentucky Derby race information

  • Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
  • Time: 6:57 p.m. EST
  • TV: NBC Sports Network
  • Tablet, Online, Mobile: NBC Sports App and streamed live on NBCsports.com/live
  • Track and Location: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Distance: 1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs)
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Horses: 3-Year-Old Thoroughbreds
  • Track Record: Secretariat – 1:59.40 in 1973

The 2021 Kentucky Derby will be televised Saturday, May 1, by NBC Sports from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST, and on NBC from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST. The Kentucky Derby, presented by Woodford Reserve, is Race 12, with post time at 6:57 p.m. EST and riders mounting their horses at 6:30. Also, the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies running 1 1/8 miles is Friday, April 30, with post time at 5:51 p.m. EST for Race 11.

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