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Mystik Dan's trainer Ken McPeek on Saturday became the first trainer since 1952 to win the Kentucky Oaks and Derby in the same year, according to the NBC broadcast. It was jockey Brian Hernandez's first Derby win. The duo won the Oaks a day earlier with filly Thorpedo Anna on a muddy track. Who won the Kentucky Derby, kentucky derby results, who won the kentucky derby 2024, kentucky derby 2024 results, kentucky derby results 2024, Mystik Dan, sierra leone horse, mystik dan horse, derby results 2024, Sierra Leone



Sierra Leone, with jockey Tyler Gaffalione, (2), Forever Young, with jockey Ryusei Sakai, and Mystik Dan, with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., cross the finish line at Churchill Downs during the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race Saturday, in Louisville, Ky.

Contenders waited with bated breath in the seconds before the official decision was made. The thoroughbred had entered the race with 18-1 odds — a longshot compared to favorite Fierceness at 3-1 odds.

Mystik Dan's trainer Ken McPeek on Saturday became the first trainer since 1952 to win the Kentucky Oaks and Derby in the same year, according to the NBC broadcast. It was jockey Brian Hernandez's first Derby win. The duo won the Oaks a day earlier with filly Thorpedo Anna on a muddy track.

McPeek praised the jockey for the victory.

"Brian is amazing," he told NBC Sports during the post-race broadcast, "probably one of the most underrated riders in racing — but not anymore, right?"

For Hernandez, winning the Derby is a dream he's had since he was 6 years old.

"This is a lifetime achievement," he said. "To be able to live that dream that — when I was a 6-year-old kid riding my bike around my grandparents' farm, telling them all I was going to the Kentucky Derby one day — and here we are."

Behind Sierra Leone, Forever Young placed third.

The weather behaved on Saturday at the 150th running of the race. The longest running sporting event in the U.S. was held following changes to aiming to clean up the sport.


Multiple scandals have plagued the horse racing industry in recent years, including a sudden uptick in horse deaths and doping allegations. In 2020, more than two dozen were indicted in a racehorse doping scheme. Last year, Churchill Downs drew increased scrutiny after 12 horses died at the track within a month.

a year later, multiple investigations have found no pattern connecting those deaths, reported member station Louisville Public Media.

The sport in general is dangerous for horses. Last year, 336 horses died from racing-related injuries, according to the Jockey Club.


The federal body put new anti-doping rules into effect at Churchill Downs this year. HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus told LPM this week that the horses have been repeatedly tested.

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