2021 Kentucky Derby Future Odds and Projections

2021 Kentucky Derby Future Odds and Projections

In less than 100 days, we will witness the best horses that make it through the Road to the Kentucky Derby and earn a position at the starting gate by earning points through the series of Prep races. Even though there is still no final list of contenders that qualifies for the Kentucky Derby 2021, there is already an available odds for contenders of the Derby Prep race.

If you want to know the horses’ odds that will likely run in the Kentucky Derby this year, here is the latest information regarding the Kentucky Derby 2021 that bettors can use when deciding who to wager. First off, let us look into the odds for the 2021 Kentucky Derby betting.

Top 10 Odds

Here are the Top 10 available odds today based not only on the horse’s achievements or performance but are based on other factors like the upside they possessed or who among all the participants are on the rise.

Essential Quality

After finishing two horse race events in the Road to the Kentucky Derby, Essential Quality is the current top earner, which are the Breeders Cup Juvenile and the Claiborne Breeders Futurity. He also became the favorite of all contenders with an odds of +1200.

Life is Good

Even though Life is Good is only at the ranked 16 of the Road to the Derby leaderboard holding only 10 points, he is the second favorite in the prep races who also have an odds of +1200. This may be due to his trainer, the Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who is known to have trained the best horses in the industry.

Concert Tour

Another Bob Baffert horse contending to qualify for the Kentucky Derby who recently dominated the San Vicente Stakes made him undefeated since his race in the MSW. He now has +1400 odds for the Kentucky Derby 2021. He may not be on the Prep races’ top 20 earners, but he has a huge potential to be a champion.


Another horse that everyone is eyeing on the Prep Race is Keepmeinmind, who already earned 18 points and currently holds the second rank in the Road to Derby’s leaderboard. He also has an odds of +1600

Midnight Bourbon

This Steven Asmussen horse entered three prep races where he finished within the top three, which gave him the third-highest point on the leaderboard so far. With 16 points and +1600 odds, no wonder why he is one of the horses that bettors consider.

Caddo River

Caddo River has an odds of +1800 and is the sixth horse on our list. He ran thrice in MSW, in which he finished second on the first two and first on the last race. He also dominated the Smarty Jones Stakes, which earned him 10 points.

Senor Buscador

Another horse who won’t be found on the top 20 earner’s leaderboard but has a +2000 odds is Senor Buscador. He entered the Risen Star race, which means we will be witnessing the greatness that earned him the seventh-best odds in the Kentucky Derby.


Talking about potentials, Spielberg will be one that comes to mind. Another horse entered the Prep race that Bob Baffert handled. Spielberg has a huge potential as he already made it to the number five spot on the leaderboard and now making it to the 8th best odds holding a +2000 odds.


Proxy has an outstanding record finishing his past races within the top two and why he made the cut with a +2000 odds. He is currently not listed in the top 20 leaderboards, but he already signed up for the Risen Star Race to make or break his position in the ranking.


Mandaloun will also participate in the Risen Star to improve his standings on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. He is a Brad Cox horse, which is why most experts are considering him to be on the top 10 favorites to win the Kentucky Derby with an odds of +2500


We already know the top 10 contenders that have a huge potential to qualify for the Kentucky Derby or even win the race. Among the 10 participants mentioned, Essential Quality is the favorite of bookmakers and most experts.

Not only because Essential Quality is a horse trained by the 2020 Outstanding Trainer Award winner Brad Cox, but he is the son of Tapit. Tapit’s progeny are mostly hailed as Champions in the horse racing industry and the most influential Stallion in his time.

Essential Quality is favored to win this year’s Kentucky Derby because of these factors and with how he performed in his past races, where he dominated all of it. Experts and fans are confident that Essential Quality will finish the Derby as the winner.

To Sum Up

The leaderboard will once again change as we enter the month of February, where the Risen Star Stakes and the Fountain of Youth Stakes will take place. These two races marked the major prep races this year and will affect the participants’ points afterward. Keep yourself updated, especially after the two races end, as odds will also change.