Who won the Kentucky Derby in 2021? Full results, finish order & highlights from the race


Get those horses and jockeys to the starting gate. It’s time for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”

The 2021 Kentucky Derby will serve as the first leg of this year’s Triple Crown series. Essential Quality (2-1) is considered the betting favorite to win the race, but there are a few other top contenders capable of emerging victorious, including Rock Your World (5-1), Known Agenda (6-1) and Hot Rod Charlie (8-1).

Which horse will end the evening draped in roses? We’re about to find out.

Sporting News is tracking live race updates and highlights from the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Follow along here for complete results from Churchill Downs.

MORE: Watch the Kentucky Derby live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Kentucky Derby finish order

Order Horse Win Place Show
1 Medina Spirit $26.20 $12.00 $7.60
2 Mandaloun $23.00 $13.40
3 Hot Rod Charlie $5.20
  • Final time: 2:01.02
  • $2 Exacta (8-7) paid $503.60
  • $1 Trifecta (8-7-9) paid $1,696.90
  • $1 Superfecta (8-7-9-14) paid $9,456.40

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Kentucky Derby live updates, highlights, results

(All times Eastern)

7:10 p.m. — Bob Baffert is now the winningest trainer in Kentucky Derby history.


7:05 p.m. — The unofficial top four: Medina Spirit, Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie and Essential Quality.

7:01 p.m. — Medina Spirit holds off the rest of the field to win the 2021 Kentucky Derby!


7 p.m. — Medina Spirit takes the early lead with Soup and Sandwich not far behind.

6:59 p.m. — And they’re off!

6:50 p.m. — Bring out the bugle. Almost race time.


6:35 p.m. — Looks like “Mattress Mack” found some loose change.


6:25 p.m. — More than 51,000 fans are ready to watch the 2021 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.


6:15 p.m. — Wow. The Turf Classic ends in a dead heat.


5:55 p.m. — It’s time to play the “Tom Brady looks like…” game on Twitter.


5:45 p.m. — Of course Aaron Rodgers made a “Celebrity Jeopardy” reference with his Kentucky Derby name tag.


2021 Kentucky Derby post time

Coverage of the 2021 Kentucky Derby will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The race, which has a post time of 6:57 p.m. ET, will be held at at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

You can also stream the Derby live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

Kentucky Derby post positions

Below is the full list of starting spots, as well as each horse’s odds of winning the Kentucky Derby.

Post position Horse 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

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