canada africa partner reservation Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan will not be allowed to make a Triple Crown attempt

Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan will not be allowed to make a Triple Crown attempt

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Mystik Dan runs on a track

Kentucky Derby contender Mystik Dan gallops around the track on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at Churchill Downs. Mystic Dan is trained by Kenny McPeek. © Clare Grant/Courier Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

Mystik Dan has already claimed the first race in the hunt for the Triple Crown, but the colt may not even try for the second.

Citing the short two-week turnaround between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, trainer Kenny McPeek declined to commit to running Mystik Dan in the second leg of the Triple Crown. McPeek said they would eventually let the horse indicate how he felt.

“We are not committed to the Preakness yet,” McPeek said Sunday, via Gary B. Graves of the Associated Press. “I sent it back once every two weeks and it completely backfired on me. … So we’ll keep an eye on him over the next week. It will be one of those situations where we will probably hold out until the last moment.

“We’ll let him tell us.”

That would be disappointing, but not unprecedented. A number of Kentucky Derby winners have skipped the Preakness, most recently 2022 winner Rich Strike, a longshot Derby winner who initially did not plan to compete in the Preakness.


Justify is the most recent horse to win the Triple Crown, having done so in 2018. That could continue for at least another year.