Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan to run in Preakness, keeping Triple Crown alive


Mystik Dan, the winner of the a hundred and fiftieth working of the Kentucky Derby, will hold alive the prospect of seeing one other Triple Crown winner after coach Kenny McPeek confirmed Saturday that the three-year-old colt will race within the Preakness Stakes subsequent weekend. 

McPeek Racing made the announcement every week from the 149th working of the second leg of the Triple Crown, which takes place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Could 18. 

Mystik Dan, #3, ridden by jockey Brian J. Hernandez Jr. crosses the end line to win the a hundred and fiftieth working of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Could 4, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Justin Casterline/Getty Photographs)

“Mystik Dan is nicely and acts like he’ll be able to run within the Preakness. I’ve mentioned the choice with homeowners Lance Gasaway, Daniel Hamby, Brent Gasaway and Scot Hamby, and we plan to run Could 18th,” McPeek stated in a press release. 

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“The colt’s had an excellent week. He’ll journey to Baltimore Sunday.”

McPeek additionally confirmed that jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. will experience Mystik Dan within the race.

“He did not win the Derby with out the job Brian did. I am thrilled Brian is lastly getting the credit score he deserves.”

Jockey Brian J. Hernandez Jr. celebrates winning the Derby

Jockey Brian J. Hernandez Jr., celebrates atop Mystik Dan within the winner circle after profitable the a hundred and fiftieth working of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Could 4, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Photographs)

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Mystik Dan received the Kentucky Derby in true photo-finish vogue. It was simply the tenth Kentucky Derby determined by a nostril — the closest margin in horse racing — and the primary since 1996.

McPeek final received the Preakness in 2020 with filly Swiss Skydiver.

Mystik Dan at the Derby

Mystik Dan (3), ridden by Brian J. Hernandez, Jr., wins the a hundred and fiftieth working of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY on Saturday, Could 4, 2024.  (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Submit through Getty Photographs)

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The final Triple Crown winner, Justify, was educated by Corridor of Fame coach Bob Baffert in 2018. 

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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