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IT’S MYSTIK DAN BY A NOSE OVER SIERRA LEONE IN $5 MILLION KENTUCKY DERBY BEFORE CROWD OF 156,710

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LOUISVILLE, KY (May 4, 2024) – 4 G Racing, Lance Gasaway, Daniel Hamby III and Valley View Farm’s Mystik Dan, under a ground-saving trip from Brian Hernandez Jr., held off the late charges of Sierra Leone and Forever Young (JPN) to win the 150th running of the $5 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) before a crowd of 156,710.

Trained by Kenny McPeek, Mystik Dan completed the mile and a quarter over a fast track in 2:03.34. The most recent time the Derby was decided by a nose was in 1996 when Grindstone edged Cavonnier. It was the closest three-horse photo finish since 1947 when Jet Pilot finished a head in front of Phalanx and one length ahead of Faultless.

It is the first Kentucky Derby victory for Hernandez and McPeek, who teamed to win the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday with Thorpedo Anna.

It is the first time since 1952 that a trainer has swept both races in the same year. That was Ben Jones with Real Delight in the Oaks and Hill Gail in the Derby. It also is the first time since 2009 that a rider has won both races on the same weekend. That was Calvin Borel with Rachel
Alexandra in the Oaks and Mine That Bird in the Derby.


Track Phantom and Just Steel led the field through fractions of :22.97 and :46.63 with favored Fierceness racing three wide just off the leaders. The top three remained unchanged as the leaders completed six furlongs in 1:11.31 and a mile in 1:37.46.

At the top of the stretch, the whole complexion changed. Track Phantom drifted off the rail opening a hole that Hernandez sent Mystik Dan through and quickly opened up a daylight
advantage on the field.

To his outside, Sierra Leone and Forever Young were on the move, six- and seven-wide respectively.

As Mystik Dan maintained a straight course along the rail, Sierra Leone and Forever Young were exchanging bumps in the
middle of the track as they closed in only to come up just short at the wire. The victory was worth $3.1 million and increased Mystik Dan’s career earnings to $3,741,360 with a record of 7-3-1-1.

Mystik Dan is a Kentucky-bred son of Goldencents out of the Colonel John mare Ma’am. He was bred by 4 G Racing, Gasaway and Hamby.

Mystik Dan paid $39.22, $16.32 and $10. Sierra Leone returned $6.54 and $4.64 with Forever Young returning $5.58 to show.

Completing the order of finish were Catching Freedom, T O Password (JPN), Resilience, Stronghold, Honor Marie, Endlessly, Dornoch, Track Phantom, West Saratoga, Domestic Product, Epic Ride, Fierceness, Society Man, Just Steel, Grand Mo the First, Catalytic and Just a Touch.

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”), the world’s most legendary racetrack, has been the home of The Kentucky Derby, the longest continually held annual sporting event in the United States, since 1875. Located in Louisville, CDRT features a series of themed race days during Derby Week, including the Kentucky Oaks, and conducts Thoroughbred horse racing during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. CDRT is located on 175 acres and has a one-mile dirt track, a 7/8-mile turf track, a stabling area, and provides seating for approximately 60,000 guests. The saddling paddock and the stable area has barns sufficient to accommodate 1,400 horses and a 114-room dormitory for backstretch personnel. CDRT also has a year-round simulcast wagering facility and Race and Sports Book. www.ChurchillDowns.com.

PROVIDED COURTESY OF KENTUCKY DERBY / CHURCHILL DOWNS TO TENN TEXAS MEDIA

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