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2021 Pennsylvania Derby Race Picks, Predictions and Preview

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2021 Pennsylvania Derby Race Picks, Predictions and Preview

2021 Pennsylvania Derby Race – Heart-pounding horse racing action will take place in the US northeast with the 2021 edition of the Pennsylvania Derby. Eight horses are lined up for the 1 1/8-mile (1.810-kilometer). Grade 1 stakes race for three-year-old male horses. The race, which will be held on September 25 at the Parx Racing and Casino (formerly known as Keystone Race Track), comes back after a one-year hiatus and an action-packed battle is expected with some of today’s top-caliber horses taking part. WPHL-17 will air the live proceedings of the USD1-million stakes race between 4:00 PM ET and 6:00 PM ET. Medina Spirit was the slight favorite in the derby, according to the top online sports betting site for horse racing with Hot Rod Charlie close behind.

2021 Pennsylvania Derby Race Viewing Information

When: September 25, 2021
Where: Parx Racing and Casino, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA
Time: Between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM ET

The Race

The race began in 1979 with Smarten emerging as the first winner. Two years later, it achieved graded status. In 1990, the race was held on the first Monday of September, or the US Labor Day. The format continued until 2009 as it was rescheduled the following year to the last Saturday of September as part of the organizers’ attempt to secure a stronger field in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup. The move was also made to move away from the Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course. It was raised to Grade I status in 2017. Some of the notable horses that won the race were Bayern and McKinzie. The last derby in 2019 was won by Math Wizard before it was shelved last year/ 

Betting on Horseracing at 2021 Pennsylvania Derby

There were eight horses that entered the 1.1810-kilometer race. Grade 1 event is prestigious with some of the entries in major stakes races, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. Medina Spirit, who topped the Kentucky Derby and placed third in the Preakness Stakes, leads the entries as he has been a consistent top-three finisher. In his last race on August 29, Medina Spirit topped the Shared Belief Stakes.

Up to face the Bob Baffert-trained horse is Hot Rod Charlie. The 10-race veteran has emerged as a consistent Top Three finisher in most stakes races. This includes the runner-up finish in Belmont, third in the Kentucky Derby, and first in the Louisiana Derby. However, the Doug O’Neill-trained colt placed seventh in his last race, the Haskell Stakes. He needs to bounce back from that disappointing finish to win the Pennsylvania Derby.

Also on the list are Life is Good, who is bidding to defeat Medina Spirit for the third time and Rock Your World, who finished second in the Shared Belief Stakes behind Medina Spirit. Other entries include Gotham Stakes winner Weyburn, Dwyer Stakes victor First Captain, Speaker’s Corner and West Virginia and Indiana Derby first-placer Mr. Wireless.

2021 Pennsylvania Derby Field

Rock Your World
Life is Good
Speaker’s Corner
Hot Rod Charlie
Mr. Wireless
Madina Spirit
First Captain


Horse Racing odds favor Medina Spirit to win the Pennsylvania Derby in a close race with Hot Rod Charlie. The six other horses in the list are also capable of winning the race, including two-time Medina Spirit conqueror Life is Good and Rock Your World. In the end, Medina Spirit will take home the victory with a four-length victory over Hot Rod Charlie.