Mystik Dan, at 15-1, wins 150th Kentucky Derby after photo finish


Mystik Dan (15-1) won the 150th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, and a photo finish was needed to check the result.

Fierceness, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt, was the 3-1 morningline favorite to win the Run of the Roses.

Forever Young, out of Japan, was 6-1 and a heavily wagered horse, as well.

This year’s race came with much less controversy than last year’s, as a dozen horses died at Churchill Days in the days, and even hours, leading up to that race.

Notably absent from this year’s race will be Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who’s two-year ban was extended through 2024, making this the third Kentucky Derby in which a Baffert-trained horse will not be competing. 

A six-time winner at the Derby, Baffert was banned after 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was stripped of the title following a failed post-race drug test – the horse died of a heart attack that December.

Churchill Downs race track

Mystik Dan will now officially begin the quest for a Triple Crown at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course on May 18.

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates…

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