Kentucky Prep Races are coming to a  close as the Derby is about a month away. On April 3rd the Blue Grass Stakes and the Santa Anita Derby along ith the Wood Memorial will be held. We have the odds ready for you and our picks to win. There are three more Kentucky Prep Races after this weekend before the Kentucky Derby in early May.

Here is a look at the 2021 Kentucky Prep Races known as  Blue Grass Stakes field: 

1. Hidden Stash- odds 20-1

Trainer and jockey-Vicki Oliver, Rafael Bejarano

2. Untreated- odds 10-1

Trainer and jockey- Todd Pletcher, Joel Rosario

3. Highly Motivated- odds 3-1

Trainer and jockey- Chad Brown, Javier Castellano

4. Essential Quality – odds 3-5

Trainer and jockey Brad Cox, Luis Saez

5. Rombauer- odds 15-1

Trainer and jockey- Michael McCarthy, Florent Geroux

6. Leblon- odds 50-1

Trainer and jockey- Paulo Lobo, Albin Jimenez

7. Hush of a Storm- odds 15-1

Trainer and jockey- Bill Morey, Santiago Gonzalez

8. Sittin On Go- odds 30-1

Trainer and jockey- Dale Romans, Corey Lanerie

9. Keepmeinmind – odds 8-1

Trainer and jockey- Robertino Diodoro, David Cohen


Our Pick: Without a doubt this Kentucky Prep Race goes to Essential Quality. This horse has already won a few Grade 2 races. The Son of Tapit edges out Highly Motivated for the win. 

Kentucky Prep Races

The Santa Anita Derby began in 1935 as the first and only avenue for West Coast horses to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. It is a Grade 1 race for three year old to run at the distance of 1 1/8 mile on dirt. this race ha a $400,ooo purse and is in Arcadia, California.

Here is a look at the 2021 Santa Anita Derby field :

1. Roman Centurian –  SCRATCHED

Trainer and jockey-Simon Callaghan, Juan Hernandez

2. Dream Shake- odds-  7-2

Trainer and jockey-Peter Eurton, Flavien Prat

3. Rock Your World- odds 4-1

Trainer and jockey- John Sadler, Umberto Rispoli

4. Parnelli- odds 20-1

Trainer and jockey- John Shirreffs, Edwin Maldonado

5. Back Ring Luck- odds 20-1

Trainer and jockey- John Sadler, Tyler Baze

6. Ottothelegend – odds 12-1

Trainer and jockey- Steve Asmussen, Mario Gutierrez

7. Medina Spirit- odds 5-2

Trainer and jockey – Bob Baffert, John Velazquez

8. Law Professor – odds 10-1

Trainer and jockey- Michael McCarthy, Kent Desormeaux

9. The Great One- odds 8-1

Trainer and jockey- Doug O’Neill, Abel Cedillo

10. Defunded – odds 8-1

Trainer and jockey- Bob Baffert, Mike Smith


Kentucky Prep Races Pick: Bob Baffert likely see first and second place with Medina Spirit and Defunded going 1 and 2. 

Here is a look at the 2021 Wood Memorial field:

1. Brooklyn Strong – odds 6-1

Trainer and jockey-Daniel Velazquez, Manny Franco

2. Crowded Trade – odds  4-1

Trainer and  jockey- Chad Brown, Eric Cancel

3. Bourbonic- odds 72-1

Trainer and jockey-Todd Pletcher, Kendrick Carmouche

4. Risk Taking- odds  5-2

Trainer and jockey-Chad Brown, Irad Ortiz Jr.

5. Dynamic One- odds  12-1

Trainer and jockey- Todd Pletcher, Jose Ortiz

6. Prevalence- odds 3-1

Trainer and jockey-Brendan Walsh, Tyler Gaffalione

7. Candy Man Rocket- odds 12-1

Trainer and jockey-Bill Mott, Junior Alvarado

8. Weyburn – odds 9-2

Trainer and jockey- Jimmy Jerkens, Trevor McCarthy

9. Market Maven- odds 30-1

Trainer and jockey-  Penny Pearce, Dexter Haddock

Our Pick: Risk Taking is our pick but there are several capable horses in this race. Weyburn is our second place finisher followed by Brooklyn Strong.





About the author– Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sportsbook reviews. He also can be followed on Twitter at tknup. Feel free to contact Tom at


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