SLIDESHOW: Meet the 2021 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Champion Essential Quality, left, and Curlin Florida Derby Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Farms at Xalapa winner Known Agenda, right, are two leading contenders for the 2021 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. (Coady Photography)

America’s Best Racing has put together a slideshow of the 3-year-olds expected to compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 1 at Churchill Downs.

For most of the contenders targeting the first jewel of the Triple Crown, we were able to find a nice mix of photos to show fans their competitive side as well as a little bit about their personality. The contenders appear in order by points earned within the Road to the Kentucky scoring system that determines the 20-horse field for the 1 1/4-mile classic.

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