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Post Positions and Morning Line Odds for the 2021 Kentucky Derby

The Run for the Roses is back to its first weekend in May date. We break down how the horses will line up for the 147th Kentucky Derby.

Essential Quality (5) leads down the stretch in race 4 during the 146th Kentucky Derby on September 5, 2020 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A year removed from a COVID-19 delay, the Kentucky Derby is back for its annual May race. The 147th annual Run for the Roses will take place Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs.

The start of the Triple Crown usually runs the first weekend in May, but last year was pushed back to November. It resulted in the Belmont Stakes running first, the Kentucky Derby running second, and the Preakness running third, spread from June to October.

On Tuesday, the field was finalized and post positions were settled via blind draw, as the field for the 147th Run for the Roses was set this morning in Louisville.

The chalk is Essential Quality, who is the 2-1 choice according to the morning line odds from longtime Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. The horse is 5-0 career, including a win at the Breeders Cup Juvenile last year. He’ll be followed by Rock Your World and Florida Derby winner Known Agenda.

Known Agenda has one good thing going for him (24 Kentucky Derby winners have won the Florida Derby) and one bad (the No. 1 post position is known as somewhat of a curse for this race.

And you can win even without a $2 ticket at this year’s Derby with DraftKings Sportsbook’s $100,000 Kentucky Derby pool.

Here is the entire starting field and morning line odds for the 147th Kentucky Derby:

Post positions and morning line odds

1. Known Agenda 6-1
2. Like the King 50-1
3. Brooklyn Strong 50-1
4. Keepmeinmind 50-1
5. Sainthood 50-1
6. O Besos 20-1
7. Mandaloun 15-1
8. Medina Spirit 15-1
9. Hot Rod Charlie 8-1
10. Midnight Bourbon 20-1
11. Dynamic One 20-1
12. Helium 50-1
13. Hidden Stash 50-1
14. Essential Quality 2-1
15. Rock Your World 5-1
16. King Fury 20-1
17. Highly Motivated 10-1
18. Super Stock 30-1
19. Soup and Sandwich 30-1
20. Bourbonic 30-1