Essential Quality draws Post 14; 2-1 Kentucky Derby favorite

Essential Quality is listed as a 2-1 favorite to win the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs following Tuesday’s post position draw.

Essential Quality will run out of the No. 14 post at Saturday’s 20-horse race, which traditionally hasn’t been the successful starting point in the Derby. Middle Ground (1950) and Carry Back (1961) are the lone two horses to emerge victorious from that position at the Kentucky Derby.

Essential Quality has won the 2021 Southwest Stakes and emerged victorious in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2020. The colt is trained by Brad Cox, who aims to become the first Louisville (Ky.) native to win the Derby.

Rock Your World, who won the Santa Anita Derby earlier this month, is listed at 5-1 odds and will start from the No. 15 post. That post also served as the beginning for Authentic, who won the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

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Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality nips at his handler while being bathed following his final workout before the race. April 24, 2020

Florida Derby winner Known Agenda has 6-1 odds and will start at the No. 1 post, while Hot Rod Charlie is listed at 8-1 odds and will come out of the No. 9 post.

Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw (Odds)

  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 (20-1)
  17. Highly Motivated (10-1)
  18. Super Stock (30-1)
  19. Soup and Sandwich (30-1)
  20. Bourbonic (30-1)

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)