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Mystik Dan wins the 150th Kentucky Derby by a nose

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The 150th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve will go down in the history books. It may be the best race in the history of the event.

No. 3 position rider Brian Hernandez Jr. rode Mystik Dan to the win at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the 10th time that the event was won by a nose.

Mystik Dan with jockey Brian Hernandez wins the G1 Kentucky Derby for trainer Kenneth McPeek
Mystik Dan with jockey Brian Hernandez wins the G1 Kentucky Derby for trainer Kenneth McPeek (Photo by Horsephotos via Getty Images)

However, it may be the first that three horses were in a photo finish. It was so close that Mystik Dan won by a nose over the No. 2 position horse Sierra Leone.

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Sierra Leone then had a nose finish over No. 3 horse Forever Young.

“When he shot through that spot, he was able to cut the corner and I asked him to go for it,” Jockey Hernandez Jr. said. “He shot off and I’m like, ‘Oh man, I’ve got a big chance to win the Kentucky Derby.’”

Hernandez Jr. has won his first Kentucky Derby. Owner Lance Gasaway said that his father passed away one year to the day of the big win.

Trainer Kenny McPeek won the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby on the same weekend.

“Just a brilliant, brilliant, brilliant jockey and ride,” McPeek said. “Brian is one of the most underrated jockeys, but not anymore, right?”

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This was Mystik Dan’s biggest win in his horse racing career. We’ll have to wait and see if the connections will allow the horse to compete for the Triple Crown.

The horse has now won two of his three races at Churchill Downs. On November 12th, 2023, in the fourth race, Mystik Dan won with Hernandez Jr. on the horse as the jockey.

“You get beat a nose in the Kentucky Derby, it’s a tough one,” Sierra Leone trainer Chad Brown said. “But I’m so proud of the horse.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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