The undefeated Essential Quality is the early betting favorite for the 2021 Kentucky Derby (G1) in wagering odds released on Sunday morning by BetOnline.
The Brad Cox trainee is listed at 12-1 in early betting for next spring’s Run for the Roses at BetOnline. The colt capped off his 2020 campaign by winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on Friday at Keeneland.
The son of Tapit broke his maiden in his debut and then won the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) over the Keeneland main track on Oct. 3.
The colt was sent off as the second choice in the 14-horse field on Friday in the Juvenile. With jockey Luis Saez aboard the colt came with a good late rally to win by ¾ of a length over 94-1 longshot Hot Rod Charlie who finished second.
The colt earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 95, a seven point increase over his previous high.
Juvenile Favorite Comes Up Short
The Juvenile betting favorite was Jackie’s Warrior, who checked in a disappointing fourth at 4-5.
“It was a tremendous effort by this horse,” the winning trainer Cox said after the race. “Luis (Saez) stayed after him the whole way. He overcame a lot today. He’s a nice colt. Distance is no issue with him. He’ll run all day. I’m very proud of him and I’m so happy for the Godolphin organization. We’re going to enjoy this one and obviously (the Derby) will be our goal moving forward.”
Keepmeinmind is still a maiden but has taken over as second choice in early Kentucky Derby wagering at BetOnline at 20-1. After running second in his debut he was second in the Breeders’ Futurity and was third in the Juvenile on Friday at odds of 31-1.
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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Replay
Hot Rod Charlie and Jackie’s Warrior share co-third choice honors in early Derby betting at 25-1, not what anyone thought going into the race.
The Steve Asmussen trained Jackie’s Warrior had been perfect in his four starts, winning a pair of Grade 1 races in the Hopeful and Champagne in New York. The Juvenile was his first start going around two turns.
“It is obviously disappointing, but the fractions were just too fast,” Asmussen said. “He’s accomplished a lot coming into here. We planned on winning but ended up fourth. Pace makes the race and we ended up fourth.”
Kentucky Derby 2021 Odds Via BetOnline:
Essential Quality 12-1
Hot Rod Charlie 25-1
Jackie’s Warrior 25-1
Reinvestment Risk 28-1
Get Her Number 33-1
Sittin On Go 33-1
Dr. Schivel 50-1
Freedom Fighter 50-1
Real Talk 66-1
Team Merchants 66-1