The case for Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality

Tapit’s gray son is also strewn with classic bloodlines. A three-time Champion Sire, Tapit has produced 88 tiered winners, 27 Class 1 winners, eight division champions and six Breeders’ Cup champions. His sire, Pulpit, is the grandfather of 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. There’s plenty of speed on the dam side of Essential Quality. Elusive Quality, the maternal grandfather of Essential Quality, broke the success record for seven furlongs at Gulfstream in 1997 and the world record for a mile on the lawn a year later. His offspring include Smarty Jones (2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner and runner-up in the Belmont Stakes) and Roy H., Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion.