2021 Kentucky Derby Post Positions Announced

| April 29, 2021 11:00 am PDT

The wait is over. On April 27, 2021, Churchill Downs announced the post positions and morning line odds for the 20 thoroughbreds who will compete in the Two Most Exciting Minutes in Sports this coming Saturday (May 1, 2021).

It may seem like it was just yesterday that the 2020 Kentucky Derby ran, but it was eight months ago, thanks to a postponement courtesy of the global pandemic.

This year’s $3,000,000 Run for the Roses takes place on the traditional first Saturday of May.

While the European and Japan “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series of races produced some likely candidates for the two post positions reserved for the top competitors in each, neither the Europeans nor the Japanese chose to nominate candidates.

This year will comprise a field wholly constituted of U.S. thoroughbreds.

The draw for post positions for the 147th Kentucky Derby took place on Tuesday morning in Louisville, Kentucky, and was broadcast live from the Aristides Lounge inside the Churchill Downs’ Clubhouse. It featured racing announcer Travis Stone as host.

Longtime Churchill Downs oddsmaker, Mike Battaglia, posted the morning line odds for the 2021 starting gate lineup.

Below is the list of those horses drawn for each post in the starting gate, along with their jockeys, trainers, and the morning line odds.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer M/L Odds
14 Essential Quality Luis Saez Brad Cox 2/1
15 Rock Your World Joel Rosario John Sadler 5/1
1 Known Agenda Irad Ortiz Jr. Todd Pletcher 6/1
9 Hot Rod Charlie Flavien Prat Doug O’Neill 8/1
17 Highly Motivated Javier Castellano Chad Brown 10/1
7 Mandaloun Florent Geroux Brad Cox 15/1
8 Medina Spirit John Velazquez Bob Baffert 15/1
6 O Besos Marcelino Pedroza Greg Foley 20/1
10 Midnight Bourbon Mike Smith Steve Asmussen 20/1
11 Dynamic One Jose Ortiz Todd Pletcher 20/1
16 King Fury Brian Hernandez Jr. Kenny McPeek 20/1
18 Super Stock Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen 30/1
19 Soup and Sandwich Tyler Gaffalione Mark Casse 30/1
20 Bourbonic Kendrick Carmouche Todd Pletcher 30/1
2 Like the King Drayden Van Dyke Wesley Ward 50/1
3 Brooklyn Strong Umberto Rispoli Daniel Velazquez 50/1
4 Keepmeinmind David Cohen Robertino Diodoro 50/1
5 Sainthood Corey Lanerie Todd Pletcher 50/1
12 Helium Julien Leparoux Mark Casse 50/1
13 Hidden Stash Rafael Bejarano Vicki Oliver 50/1


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