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2021 Kentucky Derby: Horse racing insider reveals picks for Essential Quality, other top contenders

Jody Demling has hit the Derby-Oaks double nine times in the last 12 years and just locked in his Kentucky Derby picks
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The 2021 Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs. Before you lock in any picks for the annual Run for the Roses, you ABSOLUTELY need to see what our resident horse racing guru, Jody Demling, has to say.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2021 Kentucky Derby after a major heater in 2020: At one point last year, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.

This is the same handicapper who hit the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 12 years! That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but three times in his last 12 tries.

He opened last season's Triple Crown schedule on a heater too. At last year's Belmont, Demling said Tiz the Law was clearly the class of the field, and Barclay Tagg's horse pulled away for a convincing 3 3/4-length victory. Anyone who has followed him is up HUGE.

For the 2021 Kentucky Derby, we can tell you Demling is fading Known Agenda, even though that horse is one of the top favorites and won the Florida Derby. In fact, Demling says Known Agenda doesn't even hit the board!

Demling has also released his picks for exactly where race favorite Essential Quality (2-1) and every horse will finish on Saturday! He is also high on a double-digit long shot who "has looked amazing" leading up to the Kentucky Derby! Knowing exactly how to play every horse could be the difference between turning a profit or a loss.

Who wins the 2021 Kentucky Derby? Where do Essential Quality and Hot Rod Charlie finish? And which long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine right now to get Jody Demling's Kentucky Derby winner, see which HUGE long shot contends, and get the finish positions for every single horse, all from the expert who's nailed nine Derby-Oaks doubles!

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