The last winner from that spot was Carry Back in 1961 and the last horse to finish in the money from there was Impeachment who finished third in 2000.
Right behind Essential Quality in the odds is Rock Your World who enters as a bit more of a wild card coming off an impressive win over Medina Spirit in the Santa Anita Derby. Trainer John W. Sadler has never had a Derby winning horse, he’ll hope to change that this year with 2013 Derby winning jockey Joel Rosario taking the ride. Brown has never had a Derby winning horse and in order for Highly Motivated to become the first, he’ll have to do what no horse has ever done: win from the 17 post. Baffert’s entrant, Medina Spirit, entered the week tied for the third-best odds at with Rock Your World but has since dropped to 15-1 as bettors have taken a liking to other horses instead. The dark bay colt enters the Derby with a win and a pair of second place finishes to his name in 2021, taking the Robert B. Lewis Stakes in January before finishing second at the San Felipe Stakes in March and the Santa Anita Derby in early April.