The Essential Quality colt, undefeated in five performances and winner of last Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at keeneland, over Highly Motivated, with Javier Castellano, leads the nomination for the Kentucky Derby on May 1 at Churchill Downs.
The winner of five races in the same number of salids, is a son of Tapit in Delightful Quality, by Elusive Quality, trained by Brad H. Cox and whose usual rider is the Panamanian champion Luis Sáez, accumulates 140 points against 110 that Hot Rod adds Charlie
Essential Quality is also a winner of the Breeders 'Cup Juvenile and the Claibirne Breeders' Futurity.
Hot Rod Charlie, with a record of two wins in seven appearances, is a son of Oxbow in Indian Miss, by Indian Charlie, who in his most recent won the Louisiana Derby in Keenland and finished third in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes of Santa Anita and second in the 2020 Keenelad Breeders'Cup Juvenile.
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The third box is for Like the King with 104 units and the fourth place is occupied by Known Agenda with 102 points, while Rock Your World, undefeated in three presentations and winner of the Santa Anita Derby in Santa Anita Park last Saturday, Bourbonic, winner Aqueduct's Wood Memorian in dramatic finale and Rebel's Romance are tied for fifth with 100 points each.
Irad Ortiz unbeatable
The champion of the last Gulfstream Park meeting with a record of 140 victories, came to New York as a professor and last week he achieved 10 victories in the first two days.
The Puerto Rican reached four victories on Friday and on Saturday he won six races, including three selective tests.
Undoubtedly, we are in the presence of an outstanding rider who must continue to set the standard in world horse racing.
The Panamanian, winner of the Dubai World Cup 2021 with Mystic Guide at the Meydan circuit located in the United Arab Emirates, beat Essential Quality in the Blue Grass Stakes held at the Keeneland oval, a week later.