Kentucky Derby Odds 2021: Start Time, Field, Post Positions, Payouts & How To Watch Live

The most exciting two minutes in sports is back! The 147th Kentucky Derby is set to take place this afternoon from historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. While things won’t look the same as in years past, it will be a bit closer to a “normal” this derby race than it was just one year ago.

Kentucky Derby Odds, Field

The best of the best will be on hand today at Churchill Downs. From top trainers like Todd Pletcher, Brad Cox, and Bob Baffert, to the best jockeys in the world including Luis Saez, Irad Ortiz Jr., John Velazquez, Jose Ortiz, and Joel Rosario, tonight’s race should once again be an instant classic.

Now, in a field that carries 20 horses things can get a bit tricky. The overwhelming favorite in today’s Kentucky Derby field is Essential Quality. At 2/1 odds, jockey Luis Saez knows that all eyes will be on him and trainer Brad Cox. Essential Quality isn’t the only horse Cox will have interest in on Saturday.

Cox has a second horse in the field of 20 named Mandaloun. Mandaloun, who will be ridden by Florent Geroux, has an early morning line of 15/1. Below is a look at all of the current entries and their morning line odds.

(1) Known Agenda 6-1Todd Pletcher / Irad Ortiz Jr.102
(2) Like the King 50-1Wesley Ward / Drayden Van Dyke104
(3) Brooklyn Strong 50-1Daniel Velazquez / Umberto Rispoli10
(4) Keepmeinmind 50-1Robertino Diodoro / David Cohen18
(5) Sainthood 50-1Todd Pletcher / Corey Lanerie40
(6) O Besos 20-1Greg Foley / Marcelino Pedroza25
(7) Mandaloun 15-1Brad Cox / Florent Geroux52
(8) Medina Spirit 15-1Bob Baffert / John Velazquez74
(9) Hot Rod Charlie 8-1Doug O’Neill / Flavien Prat110
(10) Midnight Bourbon 20-1Steve Asmussen / Mike Smith66
(11) Dynamic One 20-1Todd Pletcher / Jose Ortiz40
(12) Helium 50-1Mark Casse / Julien Leparoux50
(13) Hidden Stash 50-1Vicki Oliver / Rafael Bejarano32
(14) Essential Quality 2-1Brad Cox / Luis Saez140
(15) Rock Your World 5-1John Sadler / Joel Rosario100
(16) King Fury 20-1Kenny McPeek / Brian Hernandez Jr.20
(17) Highly Motivated 10-1Chad Brown / Javier Castellano50
(18) Super Stock 30-1Steve Asmussen / Ricardo Santana Jr.109
(19) Soup and Sandwich 30-1Mark Casse / Tyler Gaffalione40
(20) Bourbonic 30-1Todd Pletcher / Kendrick Carmouche100

Start time, How to watch live

The action at Churchill Downs will be an all-day affair with the first race beginning at noon ET. If you aren’t in Louisville to catch the action live don’t worry, you have plenty of other options!

NBC Sports Network will air all of the action live starting at 12 pm ET. At 2:30 p.m. they will hand off the coverage to NBC who will carry all the rest of the action, including the big race which is scheduled for just after 6:30 p.m. ET.

The races will also stream live via NBC Sports Network.

As always, if you miss the action, just check back here as the results will be posted in the comments section below.

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