Belmont Stakes Contender: Mystik Dan

Mystik Dan, trained by Kenny McPeek, is a top contender for the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up has shown remarkable form and resilience. Mystik Dan will attempt to conquer the Belmont Stakes at Saratoga after a solid performance at Pimlico.

The 156th Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 8, at Saratoga Race Course. This year’s race is shortened to 1 ¼ miles due to the ongoing renovations at Belmont Park, making Saratoga the temporary home for the final leg of the Triple Crown. 


Training and Recent Performance

Mystik Dan breezed 5 furlongs on Saturday, June 1, over Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track, clocking in at 1:01.44 with a final quarter in 24.88 seconds. Trainer Kenny McPeek confirmed his entry after bloodwork came back normal and the colt showed a healthy appetite, signaling his readiness for the Belmont Stakes.


Career Highlights

Mystik Dan’s career record stands at 8-3-2-1, with impressive earnings of $4,141,360. His most recent race was the Preakness on May 18, where he finished second. His top Equibase speed figure is 110. Mystik Dan’s pedigree includes Goldencents and Ma’am by Colonel John.


Betting Perspective

Mystik Dan’s Belmont Stakes odds are set at 5-1. As a serious win contender, he belongs on all betting tickets. His ability to perform well off short rest demonstrated at Pimlico, enhances his appeal for those looking to bet on horses in the Belmont Stakes.


Trainer’s Insight

McPeek describes Mystik Dan as “a very easy horse to train. He’s sort of a quiet type, an old soul. He’s not a very big horse and very efficient. He’s very uneventful.” This laid-back demeanor helps conserve the energy needed for his third Grade 1 race in five weeks. McPeek, who has a career Triple Crown, believes Mystik Dan is capable of winning at 1 ¼ miles again.


Race Details

– Post Position: 3Belmont Stakes Contender: Mystik Dan

– Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.

– Trainer: Kenny McPeek

– Owner: Lance Gasaway, 4 G Racing, Daniel Hamby III, Valley View Farm

– Career Record: 8-3-2-1

– Career Earnings: $4,141,360

– Most Recent Race: Preakness, May 18 (2nd)

– Top Equibase Speed Figure: 110

– Pedigree: Goldencents – Ma’am, by Colonel John

– Color: Bay

– Running Style: Stalker


Historic Streak for Mystik Dan

This year marks only the second time since 1925 that the Belmont Stakes won’t be run at 1½ miles. Mystik Dan’s bid for the Belmont Stakes is part of a historic series, as he and Seize the Grey are the first classic winners to compete in the entire series since Justify swept it in 2018. 

McPeek, who has previously won the Belmont in 2002 with Sarava and the 2020 Preakness with Swiss Skydiver, also celebrated a unique double victory with the Kentucky Oaks and Derby wins this year.


2024 Belmont Stakes Odds and Contenders
1Seize The GreyJaime TorresD. Wayne LukasMyRacehorse8-1
2ResilienceJunior AlvaradoBill MottEmily Bushnell & Ric Waldman10-1
3Mystik DanBrian Hernandez, Jr.Kenneth McPeekLance Gasaway, 4 G Racing LLC & Daniel Hamby III5-1
4The Wine StewardManny FrancoMike MakerParadise Farms Corp. and Staudacher, David15-1
5AntiquarianJohn VelazquezTodd PletcherCentennial Farms12-1
6DornochLuis SaezDanny GarganWest Paces Racing LLC, R. A. Hill Stable, Belmar Racing and Breeding LLC,   Two Eight Racing LLC & Pine Racing Stable15-1
7ProtectiveTyler GaffalioneTodd PletcherRepole Stable20-1
8Honor MarieFlorent GerouxWhit BeckmanRibble Farms LLC12-1
9Sierra LeoneFlavien PratChad BrownMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael B., Smith, Derrick, Westerberg, Rocket   Ship Racing, LLC and Brant, Peter M.9-5
10MindframeIrad Ortiz, Jr.Todd PletcherRepole Stable and St. Elias Stables LLC7-2