By Landon Smith

147th Kentucky Derby Horse Racing Preview and Prediction 5/1/2021

The Kentucky Derby returns with a short break and Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky on May 1, 2021
147th Kentucky Derby 2021
Date May 1, 2021
Track Churchill Downs
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Post Time 12:00 PM ET
Race Type Thoroughbred
Track Surface Grass
Purse $2,000,000
Weight lbs.
Distance 1.25 Miles
TV NBC

The Kentucky Derby returns with a short break and Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky will witness the first race of the triple crown.

This year's harvest is peculiar. The general ability of these 3-year-olds has fluctuated, hampered first by Life is Good going on the sidelines and then by several slow figures of winning speed.

ESSENTIALQUALITY is a formidable favorite with a 5-2 rating, so high in the Kentucky Derby odds that the horse has lost nothing this year so far.

HIGHLY MOTIVATED has a 15-1 chance and is the only horse that has come close to passing the Essential Quality this year. He simply lost the essential quality of a neck and is certainly closer than anyone who has come to break the essential quality.

MEDINA SPIRIT comes with a good chance of winning, but the last two races come after finishing second. Medina Spirit is trained by Bob Baffert and every time Baffert's name is mentioned, he tends to bring up images of a Derby victory.

ROCK YOUR WORLD is undefeated and is expected to garner significant support. His Santa Anita Derby was fantastic and, in addition, he earned a great figure. The betting crowd loves to join the horses with flawless past performances like his, especially when tactical speed is present. Finally, Joel Rosario is a popular Derby winning rider. Rock Your World feels like a logical second choice and 6-1 feels good.

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Kentucky The Race Info

The Kentucky Derby, presented by Woodford Reserve, is a top-tier, grade I race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. The distance of the race is one and a quarter miles long, and it is run on the dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Foals and geldings in the race carry 126 pounds (57 kg), and fillies in the race carry 121 pounds (55 kg).

20 horses compete in the Kentucky Derby, which is a larger field than most horse races; where an average of 8 horses compete. The 20 horses competing in the Kentucky Derby must first travel along the Kentucky Derby route, which is a series of 35 races held on tracks across the country and the world.

Points are awarded to the top 4 horses that finish in each of those 35 races, and the 20 horses with the most points earn a place on the starting grid of the Kentucky Derby race. The winning Kentucky Derby bag costs $ 2 million.

The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May each year and typically draws a crowd of 155,000. It is the longest continuously organized sporting event in America and is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. Often referred to as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," the Kentucky Derby is nicknamed for the approximate time it takes for the winner to race from the starting gate to the finish line.

The Kentucky Derby is the first Thoroughbred race of the Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

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By Landon Smith, on 24 Apr 2021, at 6:14p ET