150th Kentucky Derby ends in a photo finish with Mystik Dan, Forever Young and Sierra Leone crossing as One

The Louisville Courier Journal:

“Make it a double for Kenny McPeek. The McPeek-trained Mystik Dan held off a late charge from Sierra Leone and Forever Young to win Saturday’s 150th running of the $5 million Kentucky Derby in front of 156,710 fans at Churchill Downs.

It was the first nose margin in a Derby since Grindstone beat Cavonnier in 1996. Sierra Leone also nosed out Forever Young — the Japanese contender — for second place in the Derby’s closest three-horse finish since Jet Pilot won in 1947.”

Mystik Dan is on the right in the green; Japan’s Forever Young is in the middle; Sierra Leone is on the left.
On the left, Sierra Leone’s jockey Tyler Gaffalione pushes Jockey Ryusei Sakai after Japan’s Forever Young bumps into him. Did that buy Mystik Dan the instant of time he needed to win by a nose?

A son of Goldencents, Mystik Dan covered the 1 ¼ miles on a fast track in 2:03.34. The 18-1 shot paid $39.22 on a $2 win wager.

Mystik Dan

(Based on a $2 bet) Win: $39.22 Place: $16.32 Show: $10

Sierra Leone

(Based on a $2 bet) Place: $6.54 Show: $4.64

Forever Young

(Based on a $2 bet) Show: $5.58

Payouts on the finishing combos

Exacta: $258.56 ($2 bet) Trifecta: $556.92 ($.50 bet) Superfecta: $8,254.07 ($1 bet)

Top 5 Kentucky Derby winners’ payouts

Winner: $3.1 million 2nd: $1 million 3rd: $500,000

A few of the famous. . . .looks like Martha Stewart is into the mint juleps. . . .

Derby Hats: Anything goes. .. .

And the field. . . . .

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Sports Illustrated and Louisville Courier Journal and Town and Country