Essential Quality Among 2021 Triple Crown Betting Favorites

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” is one of many Kentucky Derby monikers. “The Run for the Roses” is another tradition-laden description. And then there is “The First Saturday in May.” Accordingly, the Kentucky Derby is expected to be run on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Triple Crown betting is expected to get back to normal. Fashion that the Kentucky Derby is the most heavily bet race of the year. After the year from hell that was 2020 interest will be higher than ever. A promising lineup of top contenders is shaping up.

2021 Kentucky Derby Betting Information

DATE:Saturday, May 1, 2021
Site:Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
Length:One and a quarter-mile

2021 Kentucky Derby Odds to Win

Caddo River 27/1
Dr. Schivel 72/1
Essential Quality 8/1
Fire at Will 30/1
Get Her Number 64/1
Highly Motivated 18/1
Hot Rod Charlie 34/1
Jackie’s Warrior18/1
Keepmeinmind 19/1
King Fury 60/1
Life is Good 5/1
Midnight Bourbon 59/1
Pickin’ Time96/1
Red Flag 35/1
Reinvestment Risk 35/1
Rombauer 88/1
Savile Row 36/1
Scarred 49/1
Sittin on Go 68/1
Speaker’s Corner 29/1
Super Stock99/1
Ten for Ten 51/1
Field 6/5

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2021 Kentucky Derby SBG Odds Overview

First among the rules for Kentucky Derby futures is that the numbers will fluctuate wildly. In the Derby “prep races” winners are immediately bet up as offshore bookmaker favorites. While previous Derby favorites fall fast with a poor prep race showing. Thus, the price volatility is part of the handicapping factor. Prices will move up and down in stunning fashion. All of which require a level head. Additionally, gamblers can’t get “married” for or against any horse. Another factor is casual money. Squares will inflate the price of prep race winners. Correlate the Wood Memorial, Florida Derby, and Arkansas Derby.

Essential Quality

By reason of three wins in three races has Essential Quality become chalk. September 5, 2020, saw Essential Quality win a maiden race at Churchill Downs. And then came a Grade 1 win at the Breeders’ Futurity on October 3, 2020. Following that was a Grade 1 win at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 6, 2020.

Jackie’s Warrior

In five starts Jackie’s Warrior has four wins. And there have been some big races in that span. Jackie’s Warrior was the winner of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on August 7, 2020. Next was an even bigger win at the Grade 1 Hopeful on September 7, 2020. Following that was a win in the Grade 1 Champagne on October 10, 2020. The one exception to all of this success was the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Jackie’s Warrior finished a disappointing 4th in that run against Essential Quality. As a result, he dropped in esteem with the Triple Crown Betting odds.

Hot Rod Charlie

Hot Road Charlie has one win in five career starts. However, he showed well in his only major race. Hot Rod Charlie finished 2nd in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. And that is what has gamblers giving him a strong look.

Highly Motivated

So far Highly Motivated has not run in a graded race. But he has won his last two starts. Most recently on November 6, 2020, he won the Nyquist Stakes. Prior to that on September 27, 2020, Highly Motivated was a winner of a maiden race.

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