A six-week, three-race affair begins at the Churchill Downs as nineteen jockeys compete at the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The first leg of the Triple Crown takes place on the first Saturday of May.  King Fury was scratched from the original entry list of 20, which leaves the punters with 19 options to lay bets on.

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Essential Quality is viewed as the favorite this year. Hence, betting on him might be the safest wager. Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez, has won all five of his starts. He is racing to become the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion to capture the Kentucky Derby since Nyquist. Essential Quality opened as a 2-1 favorite, and his odds have decreased to 6-5 after the Dubai ruler – the horse owner – faced scrutiny for allegations that he violated human rights and orchestrated the disappearance of his own daughter. Saez had almost won the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but he was disqualified. 

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Highly motivated seems to be a dark horse pick. He is fifth on the Kentucky Derby odds 2021 board at 10-1. Highly Motivated will be ridden by Javier Castellano, who will be eyeing his first win at Kentucky. He has two Preakness wins, one Kentucky Oaks win, and four Eclipse Awards for nation’s top jockey against his name. 

Here are all the odds (as opened) :

  1. Known Agenda 6-1 
  2. Like the King 50-1
  3. Brooklyn Strong 50-1
  4. Keepmeinmind 50-1
  5. Sainthood 50-1
  6. O Besos 20-1
  7.  Mandaloun 15-1
  8. Medina Spirit 15-1
  9. Hot Rod Charlie 8-1
  10. Midnight Bourbon 20-1
  11. Dynamic One 20-1
  12. Helium 50-1
  13. Hidden Stash 50-1
  14. Essential Quality 2-1
  15. Rock Your World 5-1
  16. King Fury SCR
  17. Highly Motivated 10-1
  18. Super Stock 30-1
  19. Soup and Sandwich 30-1
  20. Bourbonic 30-1