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Rare gray horse favored to win Kentucky Derby 147

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, file photo, jockey Luis Saez rides Essential Quality to win the...
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, file photo, jockey Luis Saez rides Essential Quality to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. Essential Quality is the expected favorite in the upcoming Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)(Michael Conroy | AP)
Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 3:42 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Essential Quality is expected to be the first gray horse favored to win the Kentucky Derby in 25 years. A gray horse hasn’t won the Derby since Giacomo in 2005, and only eight grays have won it since 1930.

According to historians and experts, there are just fewer gray horses in the thoroughbred population compared to more traditional chestnut, bay, brown and black horses. But with almost light gray Tapit siring Essential Quality and others, horses of that color could be making a comeback at the elite level of racing.

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