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Essential Quality (KY)

(Tapit - Delightful Quality, By Elusive Quality)

Foaled Date: April 9, 2018

Trainer: Brad H. Cox

Owner: Godolphin, LLC

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Essential Quality is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who has garnered significant attention and acclaim during his racing career. Foaled in 2018, he has demonstrated exceptional talent and competitiveness on the track.

Owned by Godolphin and trained by Brad Cox, Essential Quality has established himself as one of the top contenders of his generation. He possesses a versatile running style that allows him to excel in various race distances and track conditions.

Essential Quality's notable victories include the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity and the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes. He showcased his determination and class, winning these prestigious races convincingly.

In 2021, Essential Quality competed in the Kentucky Derby as a favorite. While he faced a challenging trip, he demonstrated his resilience by finishing in fourth place, showcasing his ability to perform under pressure against a competitive field.

Following the Kentucky Derby, Essential Quality rebounded with a victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown. This win highlighted his stamina and confirmed his status as a top-class racehorse.

Essential Quality's career has been characterized by his consistency, competitive spirit, and natural talent. His performances have earned him a devoted fan base and placed him among the leading horses of his generation.

As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, Essential Quality continues to compete and is expected to have an influential presence in future racing events. His achievements and potential make him an exciting and highly regarded figure in the world of Thoroughbred racing.



  • Eclipse Award 2021 Champion 3 Year Old Colt
  • Eclipse Award 2020 Champion 2 Year Old Colt
  • 3rd 2021 Breeders’ Cup (G1)
  • 1st 2021 Travers (G1)
  • 1st 2021 Jim Dandy (G2)
  • 1st 2021 Belmont (G1)
  • 1st 2021 Blue Grass (G2)
  • 1st 2021 Southwest (G3)
  • 1st 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. (G1)
  • 1st 2020 Breeders’ Futurity (G1)



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