Mystik Dan wins the 150th Kentucky Derby at the wire, edging out Sierra Leone in second and Forever Young in a stunning three-way photo finish

  • Mystik Dan won, quite literally, by a nose in one of the closest Derby finishes 
  • Second-place was second-favorite Sierra Leone, with Forever Young in third 
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One of the tightest finishes in Kentucky Derby history punctuated the race’s 150th running as Mystik Dan just barely had his nose ahead to win the first leg of the American Triple Crown.

Second-betting favorite Sierra Leone had a late rush up the outside to try and stun the crowd of over 156,000 gathered at Churchill Downs.

Running in third was Forever Young, who was squeezed between Sierra Leone from the outside and Mystik Dan which was running on the rails.

This is trainer Kenny McPeek’s first Kentucky Derby win and his second career Triple Crown win after taking home the Preakness Stakes in 2020 with Swiss Skydiver. Earlier in the day, his filly Thorpedo Anna won the Kentucky Oaks.


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