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Mystik Dan wins 150th Kentucky Derby in insane photo finish

Mystik Dan has won the 2024 Kentucky Derby in an incredible photo finish.

The odds for Mystik Dan were 20-1.

It was the 150th Kentucky Derby.


Sierra Leone, with jockey Tyler Gaffalione, (2), Forever Young, with jockey Ryusei Sakai, and Mystik, with jockey Dan Brian Hernandez Jr., cross finish line at Churchill Downs during the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Louisville, Ky.
Sierra Leone, with jockey Tyler Gaffalione, (2), Forever Young, with jockey Ryusei Sakai, and Mystik, with jockey Dan Brian Hernandez Jr., cross finish line at Churchill Downs during the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Louisville, Ky. AP

Mystik Dan #3, ridden by jockey Brian J. Hernandez Jr. crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Mystik Dan #3, ridden by jockey Brian J. Hernandez Jr. crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. Getty Images

Last year, Mage, a 15-1 shot, withonly one win in his career took home the first leg of the Triple Crown.

The long shot ran 1 ¹/₄ miles in 2:01.57.

Mage earned $1,860,000, the biggest win of his brief career, but the prize pool took a significant jump this year.

The overall pool moved from $3 million to $5 million and this year’s winner netted $3.1 million on its own.

Last year’s derby was plagued by seven horse deaths before the race.

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