Kentucky Derby Champ Mystik Dan Resumes Training

May 9, 2024

Mystik Dan shoots up the rail to win the 150th Kentucky Derby (Jenny Doyle/Past The Wire)

Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kentucky Derby 150 hero Mystik Dan has resumed training at Churchill Downs following his victory in Saturday’s “Run for the Roses” with trainer Kenny McPeek monitoring his progress before he decides if he’ll compete in the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, the May 18 Preakness Stakes (GI).

Mystik Dan galloped about 1 3/8 miles Thursday at 7:30 a.m. with retired jockey Robby Albarado in the saddle. It was his second day back on the track following a one-mile jog and gallop Wednesday morning.

“We’re just following our normal training routine,” McPeek said. “That’s really going to be the sign for me if we’ll run in the Preakness. We won’t do anything special, just let him show us he’s back to his normal self going through our training routines. We’ll probably make a decision on the Preakness later this weekend.”

Entries for the Preakness will be taken Monday.

McPeek also noted Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Thorpedo Anna emerged from her victory in fine shape and her long-term goal would be the Alabama (GI) at Saratoga.

“Personality wise, Mystik Dan and Thorpedo Anna are two completely different horses,” McPeek added. “Mystik Dan has a very calm demeanor while Thorpedo Anna is typically on the muscle and ready to go at all times. We’ll probably ship her up to Saratoga soon and could use the (June 7) Acorn (GI) as a prep for the Alabama.”

Mystik Dan is likely to continue his 7:30 a.m. training schedule, according to the McPeek barn.

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