Essential Quality is a 5 year old colt that was born in 2018 and raced from 2020 to 2021. He was sired by Tapit out of the Elusive Quality mare Delightful Quality. He was trained by Brad H. Cox and raced for Godolphin, LLC, and was bred in Kentucky, United States by Godolphin. Essential Quality has raced at Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Keeneland, Oaklawn Park, Saratoga with wins at Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Oaklawn Park, Saratoga. His stakes wins include wins in the 2021 Travers Stakes (G1), 2021 Jim Dandy (G2), 2021 Belmont Stakes (G1), 2021 Blue Grass Stakes (G2), 2021 Southwest Stakes (G3), 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), and the 2020 Breeders' Futurity (G1).