Early Odds For 2021 Kentucky Derby: Essential Quality Favored

  • The 2021 Kentucky Derby is set to run on May 1st, with Essential Quality as the early favorite on the oddsboard with +350 betting odds to win.
  • Other horses in the Run for the Roses include Known Agenda (+650), Rock Your World (+650), Hot Rod Charlie (+900), Concert Tour (+1000), and many more.

LOUISVILLE – The annual Kentucky Derby is less than a month away and bettors are already eyeing their picks for the most prestigious horse race in the world.

While the field of horses is not yet officially set, there are many horses who have already qualified and officially entered the Derby, which is set to run on May 1.

The Derby will be returning to its regular early-Summer date this year after being pushed to late September in 2020 due to the effects of the pandemic.

Now, those looking to bet on the Derby can find full odds already available on the major online sportsbooks.

Kentucky Derby 2021 Winner Odds

  • Essential Quality +350
  • Known Agenda +650
  • Rock Your World +650
  • Hot Rod Charlie +900
  • Concert Tour +1000
  • Highly Motivated +1400
  • Medina Spirit +1400
  • Super Stock +1600
  • Mandaloun +2000
  • Soup And Sandwich +2800
  • Midnight Bourbon +3000
  • Caddo River +4000
  • Helium +4000
  • Sainthood +4000
  • Dynamic One +5000
  • Like The King +6000
  • Bourbonic +7000
  • Crowded Trade +7500
  • Hidden Stash +7500
  • Panadol +10000
  • Rombauer +10000
  • Dream Shake +12500
  • Get Her Number +12500
  • O Besos +12500
  • King Fury +17500

The field features many new names to the horse racing world, with legends like Tiz The Law and Authentic now enjoying the spoils of retirement.

Essential Quality comes in as the early favorite at the 147th Run for the Roses thanks to an undefeated record over the past year.

Essential Quality has gone 5-0, with four stakes wins to start his racing career, including an impressive comeback victory at the Bluegrass Stakes.

The powerful thoroughbred is owned by trainer Brad Cox, who believes Essential Quality could be the one to cross the finish line first this May. Cox is a 2020 winner of the Eclipse Award which is given to the top trainer of the year in horse racing.

However, those looking to bet on the Kentucky Derby will have plenty of other options to explore before the race is ready to run.

Legendary horse owner Bob Baffert will be entering Concert Tour, who has two stakes wins to his name as well as a third-place finish last weekend at the Arkansas Derby. Concert Tour currently sits at +1000 odds.

Hot Rod Charlie is another popular name, sitting at +900. The horse is one of the top prospects in the race thanks to a win at the Louisiana Derby earlier this year.

No matter which horse bettors get behind, the Kentucky Derby will once again be a celebration of pageantry and Americana that any sports fan can appreciate.