Kentucky Derby 2021 Contenders

 

The 2021 Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kentucky Derby 2021Here are the top-ranked contenders for the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

The ranking of contenders updates every day, based on votes from Horse Racing Nation readers.

Come back often as new horses join the Derby trail and move up the rankings.

Get to know the newest contenders on our Derby Radar.

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RankRatingSilksHorse / SireTrainer / JockeyLast Start / Next Start
1
8.54
Essential Quality
Tapit
B. Cox
L. Saez
1st, 2021 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
2
8.28
Rock Your World
Candy Ride
J. Sadler
U. Rispoli
1st, 2021 Santa Anita Derby (G1) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
3
8.18
Hot Rod Charlie
Oxbow
D. O'Neill
J. Rosario
1st, 2021 Louisiana Derby (G2)
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
4
8.14
Concert Tour
Street Sense
B. Baffert
J. Rosario
3rd, 2021 Arkansas Derby (G1) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
5
8.08
Known Agenda
Curlin
T. Pletcher
I. Ortiz, Jr.
1st, 2021 Florida Derby (G1) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
6
8.04
Medina Spirit
Protonico
B. Baffert
J. Velazquez
2nd, 2021 Santa Anita Derby (G1) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
7
7.70
Super Stock
Dialed In
S. Asmussen
R. Santana, Jr.
1st, 2021 Arkansas Derby (G1) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
8
7.51
Midnight Bourbon
Tiznow
S. Asmussen
J. Talamo
2nd, 2021 Louisiana Derby (G2)
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
9
7.48
Highly Motivated
Into Mischief
C. Brown
J. Castellano
2nd, 2021 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
10
7.44
Greatest Honour
Tapit
C. McGaughey III
J. Ortiz
3rd, 2021 Florida Derby (G1) View Video
 
11
7.37
Soup and Sandwich
Into Mischief
M. Casse
J. Velazquez
2nd, 2021 Florida Derby (G1) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
12
7.35
Like the King
Palace Malice
W. Ward
D. Van Dyke
1st, 2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
13
7.31
Caddo River
Hard Spun
B. Cox
F. Geroux
2nd, 2021 Arkansas Derby (G1) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
14
7.27
Helium
Ironicus
M. Casse
J. Ferrer
1st, 2021 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
15
7.11
Dream Shake
Twirling Candy
P. Eurton
F. Prat
3rd, 2021 Santa Anita Derby (G1) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
16
7.09
Rebel's Romance
Dubawi
C. Appleby
W. Buick
1st, 2021 UAE Derby (G2) View Video
Jun 5 - Belmont Stakes (G1)
17
7.01
Rombauer
Twirling Candy
M. McCarthy
F. Geroux
3rd, 2021 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
18
6.88Trending Down
Crowded Trade
More Than Ready
C. Brown
E. Cancel
3rd, 2021 Wood Memorial (G2) View Video
May 15 - Preakness Stakes (G1)
19
6.81
Mandaloun
Into Mischief
B. Cox
F. Geroux
6th, 2021 Louisiana Derby (G2)
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
20
6.78
Proxy
Tapit
M. Stidham
J. Velazquez
4th, 2021 Lexington (G3) View Video
 
21
6.76
Bourbonic
Bernardini
T. Pletcher
K. Carmouche
1st, 2021 Wood Memorial (G2) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
22
6.67
Annex
Constitution
W. Mott
J. Alvarado
1st, 2021 Cutler Bay (LS) View Video
 
23
6.62
Weyburn
Pioneerof the Nile
J. Jerkens
T. McCarthy
4th, 2021 Wood Memorial (G2) View Video
May 8 - Peter Pan (G3)
24
6.61
Sainthood
Mshawish
T. Pletcher
G. Corrales
2nd, 2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
25
6.59
O Besos
Orb
G. Foley
M. Pedroza
3rd, 2021 Louisiana Derby (G2)
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
26
6.46Trending Down
Dynamic One
Union Rags
T. Pletcher
J. Ortiz
2nd, 2021 Wood Memorial (G2) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
27
6.46
Hidden Stash
Constitution
V. Oliver
R. Bejarano
4th, 2021 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
28
6.40
Prevalence
Medaglia d'Oro
B. Walsh
T. Gaffalione
6th, 2021 Wood Memorial (G2) View Video
 
29
6.36
Brooklyn Strong
Wicked Strong
D. Velazquez
M. Franco
5th, 2021 Wood Memorial (G2) View Video
May 15 - Preakness Stakes (G1)
30
6.25
Jackie's Warrior
Maclean's Music
S. Asmussen
J. Rosario
3rd, 2021 Southwest Stakes (G3) View Video
May 1 - Pat Day Mile (G2)
31
6.19
Keepmeinmind
Laoban
R. Diodoro
D. Cohen
5th, 2021 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) View Video
 
32
6.17
Drain the Clock
Maclean's Music
S. Joseph,
I. Ortiz, Jr.
1st, 2021 Bay Shore (G3) View Video
Jun 5 - Woody Stephens (G1)
33
6.15
Scarred
Into Mischief
S. Asmussen
R. Santana, Jr.
1st, OP AlwOC (3/25/2021-R7)
 
34
6.15
Panadol
Flatter
S. Ghadayer
M. Barzalona
2nd, 2021 UAE Derby (G2) View Video
May 1 - Kentucky Derby (G1)
35
6.14Trending Down
Hozier
Pioneerof the Nile
B. Baffert
M. Garcia
6th, 2021 Arkansas Derby (G1) View Video
 
36
6.06
Hot Box
Heat Shield
B. Koriner
A. Cedillo
1st, SA AlwOC (3/14/2021-R4)
 
37
6.05
Nicky the Vest
Runhappy
J. Thomas
K. Carmouche
1st, 2021 Gander (RS) View Video
 
38
5.97Trending Down
Defunded
Dialed In
B. Baffert
M. Smith
4th, 2021 Santa Anita Derby (G1) View Video
 
39
5.97
Roman Centurian
Empire Maker
S. Callaghan
J. Hernandez
4th, 2021 San Felipe (G2) View Video
 
40
5.97
Quick Tempo
Tapizar
C. Davis
A. Beschizza
1st, 2020 Sugar Bowl (LS)
 
41
5.96
Candy Man Rocket
Candy Ride
W. Mott
J. Alvarado
9th, 2021 Wood Memorial (G2) View Video
 
42
5.95
Risk Taking
Medaglia d'Oro
C. Brown
I. Ortiz, Jr.
7th, 2021 Wood Memorial (G2) View Video
 
43
5.95
Senor Buscador
Mineshaft
T. Fincher
L. Quinonez
5th, 2021 Risen Star (G2) View Video
 
44
5.93
Cowan
Kantharos
S. Asmussen
L. Saez
10th, 2021 Al Quoz Sprint (G1) View Video
 
45
5.93
Big Fish
Mr Big
D. Hofmans
J. Hernandez
1st, 2021 California Cup Derby (RS) View Video
 
46
5.93
Leblon
Broken Vow
P. Lobo
A. Jimenez
9th, 2021 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) View Video
 
47
5.92
Excellent Timing
Not This Time
C. Brown
M. Franco
1st, 2021 Damon Runyon (RS) View Video
 
48
5.91
Jaxon Traveler
Munnings
S. Asmussen
F. Arrieta
2nd, 2021 Gazebo (LS)
 
49
5.90
Spielberg
Union Rags
B. Baffert
J. Castellano
8th, 2021 Florida Derby (G1) View Video
May 1 - Pat Day Mile (G2)
50
5.85
Get Her Number
Dialed In
P. Miller
F. Arrieta
4th, 2021 Arkansas Derby (G1) View Video
May 15 - Preakness Stakes (G1)
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