2021 Kentucky Derby Picks, Predictions & Odds: Essential Quality The Favorite & Most Backed

It’s race week so we’ve got the latest odds and betting data for the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Tom Dodd
Mon, April 26, 6:44 AM EDT

Essential Quality Bookmaker’s Favorite & Most Backed For 2021 Kentucky Derby

Last year’s Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown was altered due to the Coronavirus, but the 2021 Kentucky Derby returns to its rightful place on the first Saturday in May. We have fans in the stands and all is right in the Horse Racing world again. The 2021 Kentucky Derby final field will be confirmed on Tuesday, but it will be headed by the favorite for this year’s race; Essential Quality.

Essential Quality Kentucky Derby Odds

As mentioned, the current 2021 Kentucky Derby odds favorite is Essential Quality and there’s a great storyline surrounding this favorite this year. His trainer, Brad Cox can become the first ever Louisville-born trainer to win the world’s most famous horse race, having grown up just two blocks away from Churchill Downs. This will be Cox’s first ever runner in the Kentucky Derby.

Essential Quality is the betting favorite with UK books for the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The best Kentucky Derby odds available across the pond are 9/4, with the worst available 2/1. On Tuesday, the final field will be declared and TVG will have the official morning line odds available.

Essential Quality was last year’s Champion Juvenile and comes into the 2021 Kentucky Derby off the back of a key trial win in the Blue Grass stakes. 

Horse

2021 Kentucky Derby Odds

Implied Winning Percentage

Essential Quality

9/4

30.8%

2021 Kentucky Derby Odds

As mentioned above, later this week, TVG will offer the official morning line odds for the 2021 Kentucky Derby, but in the meantime, you can see the latest odds for the race below courtesy of the UK bookmakers. As you can see Essential Quality is the strong favorite for the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

Horse

2021 Kentucky Derby Odds

Essential Quality

9/4

Rock Your World

5/1

Highly Motivated

8/1

Hot Rod Charlie

10/1

Super Stock

14/1

Known Agenda

14/1

Bourbonic

16/1

Medina Spirit

16/1

Dynamic One 

20/1

2021 Kentucky Derby Betting Data

Heading into Derby week, the betting will get more and more volatile the closer to race time, but we’ve taken a look at OddsChecker UK’s website to see where the International bettors have been wagering. Unsurprisingly, the favorite, Essential Quality has been the most popular with 25% of total bets since Friday last week. One to keep an eye on could well be Known Agenda, who is a 14/1 shot, yet the second most popular pick with bettors.

Horse

Total % Of Bets

Essential Quality

25%

Known Agenda

17.31%

Concert Tour

5.77%

Helium

5.77%

Mandaloun

5.77%

Rock Your World

5.77%

Hockey Dad

3.85%

2021 Kentucky Derby Post Time

Post time for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is set for 6.57pm ET when 20 horses including the favorite Essential Quality go to post for the Run For The Roses.

How To Bet On The 2021 Kentucky Derby

Wagering on the 2021 Kentucky Derby is really straightforward in the US. You simply need to sign up to our friends at TVG and they will accept bets on the race as soon as the final field is known on Tuesday. It’s really easy to sign up and on top of being able to bet on the 2021 Kentucky Derby, you’ll be able to claim a risk free bet up to $300. Here’s how to claim:

1. Click OddsChecker’s exclusive link to sign up to TVG

2. Complete the registration process

3. Make a first time deposit

4. Wager up to $300 as your first bet

5. Get your money back up to $300 if the bet loses! 

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