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Mystik Dan Horse Profile For Kentucky Derby Winner Ahead Of 2024 Preakness Stakes



The Mystik Dan horse profile ahead of the 2024 Preakness Stakes tells us he’ll head to the Pimlico race on May 18 as the Kentucky Derby winner and this year’s US Triple Crown hope.

Kenneth McPeek’s colt will be looking to become the first Run For The Roses winner to follow-up in the Preakness Stakes since Justify in 2018, and the best Preakness Stakes betting sites inform us Mystik Dan is the new pre-race Morning Line favorite with Muth now missing the race with a high temperature.

Can Mystik Dan Be The Next Horse To Win The US Triple Crown?

Having won the 2024 Kentucky Derby and with Muth now scratched, Mystik Dan’s Preakness Stakes odds will be the shortest in the market.

This year’s Run For The Roses hero had been the second favorite with the Preakness Stakes racebooks, behind the Bob Baffert-trained Muth, but has since been elevated to the head of the market.

The 2024 Derby winner will now the hoping to become the first winning Preakness favorite since 2018.

Mystik Dan will also be aiming to become the first Kentucky Derby winner since Justify in 2018 to also land the Preakness Stakes. But with that Baffert runner also winning the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, this could be a good omen for his connections.

You can also find out how many Preakness Stakes winners had also won the Kentucky Derby over the years – as Mystik Dan looks to become the latest.

WATCH: Mystik Dan Holding Off Forever Young and Sierra Leone In The Kentucky Derby

Mystik Dan Was Third To Muth In The 2024 Arkansas Derby This Season

One of the main reason’s Muth was a shorter price with the best Preakness Stakes racebooks is that he slammed Mystik Dan by just over 6 lengths in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park at the end of March (watch below).

Therefore, the form of this season’s Arkansas Derby has been given a big boost with Mystik Dan going onto win the Kentucky Derby, plus he also had Just Steel, who was runner-up at Oaklawn Park, well back at Churchill Downs.

However, as we now know, Muth will miss the race after travelling over from the Baffert base with a high temperature. Making Mystik Dan’s task in the Preakness Stakes a lot easier.

WATCH: Mystik Dan Running Third In The 88th Running Of The Arkansas Derby

Mystik Dan Horse Odds For 2024 Preakness Stakes

See the latest Preakness Stakes odds 2024, ahead of the May 18 renewal at Pimlico.

With the Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan now the hot favorite, with Catching Freedom, Imagination and Louisiana Derby third Tuscan Gold next best.

Horse Odds
Mystik Dan
Tuscan Gold +400
Catching Freedom
Just Steel
Seize The Grey
Uncle Heavy

Note: Others on request and odds subject to change

How Many Kentucky Derby Winners Have Gone Onto Win The Preakness?

As mentioned, Justify in 2018 was the last horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

But when looking back at the past Preakness Stakes winners we found there were 36 horses in total that have won both races and 23 that landed ONLY the Derby and Preakness.

  • Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes Winners In Total = 36
  • Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes Winners ONLY = 23
  • US Triple Crown Winners = 13

Mystik Dan will be the latest horse trying to join this list as this year’s Kentucky Derby winner is set to line-up for the Preakness Stakes on May 18.

The Derby winner also banked $3.1m for winning at Churchill Downs and will be eying up the increased $2m Preakness purse that is on offer at Pimlico this year – up 21% from 2023.

Past Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winners

Year Horse
1919 Sir Barton
1930 Gallant Fox
1932 Burgoo King
1935 Omaha
Bold Venture
War Admiral
Count Fleet
1944 Pensive
1946 Assault
1948 Citation
1958 Tim Tam
1961 Carry Back
1964 Northern Dancer
1966 Kauai King
1968 Forward Pass
1969 Majestic Prince
1971 Canonero II
1973 Secretariat
1977 Seattle Slew
1978 Affirmed
1979 Spectacular Bid
1981 Pleasant Colony
1987 Alysheba
1989 Sunday Silence
1997 Silver Charm
1998 Real Quiet
1999 Charismatic
2002 War Emblem
2003 Funny Cide
2004 Smarty Jones
2008 Big Brown
2012 I’ll Have Another
2014 California Chrome
2015 American Pharoah
2018 Justify

Mystik Dan Has a Top Peakness Stakes Post Postition

Another big plus ahead of Mystik Dan’s Pimlico Triple Crown bid is that he’s been handed one of the better Preakness Stakes post positions in recent time.

Mystik Dan will come out of gate 5 and this berth has seen 8 of the last 12 horses finish in the first three.

While the Preakness Stakes trends also tell us gate 5 has produced three wins since 2011 – Early Voting (2022), Exaggerator (2016) and Shackleford (2011).

Mystik Dan Horse Profile: Career In Numbers

  • Runs: 7
  • Wins: 3
  • Grade One Wins: 1 (2024 Kentucky Derby)
  • Career Earnings: $3,741,360

Note: Stats correct as 10 May 2024

When is the Preakness Stakes 2024?

The 2024 Preakness Stakes will be run on Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico racetrack.

We’ve also got the complete Preakness Stakes schedule, which means you can look forward to all the other races at the two-day meeting.

📅Time/Date: 7:00pm (ET), Saturday May 18, 2024
🏇Racecourse: Pimlico, Baltimore, Maryland
💰 Purse: $2m
📺 TV: NBC Sports and Peacock
🎲 Preakness Stakes Odds: Mystik Dan +190 | Tuscan Gold +400 | Imagination +400 | Catching Freedom +400

Trainer Ken McPeek No Stranger To Winning The Preakness Stakes

The past Preakness Stakes results also tell us that Mystik Dan’s trainer Ken McPeek has a winning pedigree in the middle leg of the Triple Crown.

It was only four years ago in 2020 that McPeek landed the Black Eyed-Susan when his filly Swiss Skydiver was steered home by Robby Albarado.

Mystik Dan Horse Pedigree

Mystik Dan’s pedigree tells us that he’s by the classy sire Goldencents, who won seven of his 18 career starts.

Those wins included three Grade One successes, which were made up of the 2013 Santa Anita Derby plus two wins in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (2013 & 2014).

A bit less to shout about on the dam side as Ma’am, who was trained by Brad Cox, never raced in graded company. He won four times in allowance, claiming (2) and maiden claiming company.

His dam’s sire, Colonel John, however, sparks a bit more life into that side of the Mystik Dan horse pedigree – he also won the Santa Anita Derby (2008) and also has a Travers Stakes win (2008) to his name.

  • Sire: Goldencents
  • Dam: Ma’am
  • Dam’s Sire: Colonel John
  • Breeder: Lance Gasaway, Daniel Hamby & 4g Racing Llc

Mystik Dan Horse Racing Results

See below Mystik Dan’s horse racing results to date ahead of the 2024 Preakness Stakes.

  • 2ND: October 22, 2023: Maiden Special Weight (Keeneland)
  • 1ST: November 12, 2023: Maiden Special Weight (Churchill Downs)
  • 5TH: November 25, 2023: Allowance Optional Claiming (Churchill Downs)
  • 5TH: January 1, 2024: Smarty Jones Stakes (Listed) (Oaklawn Park)
  • 1ST: February 3, 2024: Southwest Stakes (G3) (Oaklawn Park)
  • 3RD March 30, 2024: Arkansas Derby (G1) (Oaklawn Park)
  • 1ST May 4, 2024: Kentucky Derby (G1) (Churchill Downs)


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