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Who Won the 2024 Kentucky Derby? Mystik Dan Takes First in a Photo Finish

FanDuel Staff
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Who Won the 2024 Kentucky Derby? Mystik Dan Takes First in a Photo Finish

The 150th Kentucky Derby delivered a nail-biting ending as the crowd at Churchill Downs waited several minutes before the official winner could be announced. The 2024 Run for the Roses, which took place on May 4th in Louisville, featured a photo finish with three horses crossing the line just inches apart.

In the end, it was confirmed that Mystik Dan edged out Sierra Leone and Forever Young by a nose to secure first place.

Read on for the full list of the 2024 Kentucky Derby finishers—including horse owner and jockey earnings, plus betting payouts according to FanDuel Racing.

Who Won the 2024 Kentucky Derby?

Mystik Dan won the 150th Kentucky Derby in one of the closest Derby races ever seen. Sierra Leone and Forever Young trailed closely behind, securing second and third place finishes, respectively.

What Was the Finishing Order of the 2024 Kentucky Derby?

Here is the full finishing order of the 20 horses that competed in the 150th Kentucky Derby:

  1. Mystik Dan
  2. Sierra Leone
  3. Forever Young
  4. Catching Freedom
  5. T O Password
  6. Resilience
  7. Stronghold
  8. Honor Marie
  9. Endlessly
  10. Dornoch
  11. Track Phantom
  12. West Saratoga
  13. Domestic Product
  14. Epic Ride
  15. Fierceness
  16. Society Man
  17. Just Steel
  18. Grand Mo the First
  19. Catalytic
  20. Just a Touch

How Much Money Did MystiK Dan Win?

With the win, Mystik Dan has earned a winning share of $3.1 million from the Kentucky Derby purse.

Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. will take home 10% of the winning payout — or around $500,000.

How Much Do All Kentucky Derby Winning Horses Make?

Here's the full prize breakdown of the top five finishers at the Kentucky Derby:

  1. Mystik Dan - $3.1 million
  2. Sierra Leone - $1 million
  3. Forever Young - $500,000
  4. Catching Freedom - $250,000
  5. T O Password - $150,000

About Mystik Dan

Prior to the Kentucky Derby, Mystik Dan had placed third in the Arkansas Derby on March 3, 2024 and placed first in the Southwest Stakes on February 3, 2024.

Mystik Dan is trained by Ken McPeek, who also had a horse (Thorpedo Anna) win the Kentucky Oaks this year. This is the first time a trainer has won both races in the same year since 1952. Mystik Dan is McPeek's only first-place win in the Kentucky Derby.

Mystik Dan was bred by Lance Gasaway, 4G Racing, and Daniel Hamby. The horse is owned by Gasaway, Hamby, and 4G Racing in partnership with Valley View Farm.

Brian Hernandez, Jr., who often rides major horses for McPeek, is Mystik Dan’s regular jockey.

How Fast Did Mystik Dan Run the Kentucky Derby?

Mystik Dan covered the 1¼-mile course in 2:03.34.

Kentucky Derby Betting

Mystik Dan was 20-1 on the morning line. According to FanDuel Racing, a $2 wager paid out:

  • Win: $39.22
  • Place: $16.32
  • Show: $10.00

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