Life Is Good Heading as Favorite to Win 2021 Kentucky Derby

Life Is Good Heading as Favorite to Win 2021 Kentucky Derby

Written by on March 12, 2021

A Derby contender pulled away from the pack, three horses in our Kentucky Derby Top 10 fell off the rankings, and three more contenders hope to turn heads in the most important Derby prep to date. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Kentucky Derby for Saturday, May 1. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.

Kentucky Derby Odds: Life Is Good Becomes Super Chalk to Win the Roses

2021 Kentucky Derby

  • When: Saturday, May 1, 2021
  • Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY

2021 Kentucky Derby Top 10

  1. Life is Good +400
  2. Essential Quality +800
  3. Mandaloun +2000
  4. Concert Tour +1200
  5. Caddo River +1200
  6. Medina Spirit +1800
  7. Weyburn +2500
  8. Risk Taking +1600
  9. Keepmeinmind +1600
  10. Greatest Honour +1000

Life Is Good romps in San Felipe

Bob Baffert has won more Triple Crown races and Kentucky Derbies than any trainer in history. He may not only have another Derby in the bag, but he could grab his third Triple Crown since 2015

Life Is Good, the best three-year-old on the planet, and, maybe, the best horse in the world, romped in the San Felipe. It wasn’t even close. 

The Into Mischief sired runner is a relax on the lead horse. His mind is as sharp for a three-year-old as any runner Baffert’s ever had in his barn. The way Life Is Good takes cues from the jockey reminds one of Silver Charm, Baffert’s first Derby winner who took the Run for the Roses in 1997.

Charm didn’t have the talent Life Is Good possesses, though. American Pharoah did, and, maybe, that’s the horse most comparable to Baffert’s star in the making.

Life Is Good is the hands down Derby favorite. 

Highly Motivated, Roman Centurian, and Freedom Fighter fall out of Derby Top 10

Three horses that showed early potential are out of our Top 10. Freedom Fighter, Roman Centurian, and Highly Motivated all ran like horses that require much more seasoning before trying a race like the Kentucky Derby.

Freedom Fighter may want to run in sprints. He seemed to have trouble in the mile Gotham at Aqueduct. Weyburn won that race, but trainer James Jerkens may skip the Derby with Weyburn. 

It depends on how Weyburn runs in the Wood Memorial in April. Highly Motivated finished third in the Gotham. 

If trainer Chad Brown wants to give Motivated another shot, it’s fine by us. The horse didn’t seem to know what his jockey expected of him. With some training, Highly Motivated could become a two-turn route horse. 

Roman Centurian didn’t take a step forward. The Simon Callaghan runner broke his maiden in January. The window is too short for Centurian to become a legit Derby contender. He had to finish second and close the gap on Life Is Good to continue to move towards the first Saturday in May.

Keepmeinmind, Caddo River, and Concert Tour battle in Rebel Stakes on March 13 

Three contenders will run in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes. Baffert will enter a longshot runner, Hozier.

Hozier is going to have to pick it up big time if he hopes to beat the likely favorite, another Bob Baffert trained three-year-old named Concert Tour. In two races, Concert Tour has toyed with his competition.

Street Sense, Tour’s sire, won the 2007 Kentucky Derby. Tapit sired his broodmare, Purse Strings. If Concert Tour wins easily, he become one of the chalks along with Life Is Good and Essential Quality.

The morning line chalk is Caddo River. Brad Cox trains the Hard Spun sired colt. Keepmeinmind makes his 2021 debut. Trainer Robertino Diodoro puts the saddle on and Keepmeinmind won the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club in late November last year. The Diodoro runner is not without a shot. 

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