With a pair of stakes wins and strong weekly statistics, Drayden Van Dyke was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for November 12-18, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America’s #1 Equine Toxin Remover.
Van Dyke was one of just three jockeys to win more than one stakes race last week. For Van Dyke, his week began and ended with stakes wins at Del Mar.
On Monday, he won his first start of the week, the $100,000 Desi Arnaz stakes with Chasing Yesterday ($3.00). The race scratched down to a three-horse field, and the winning pair closed by a length and a half from off the pace. Chasing Yesterday is by Tapit, out of Littleprincessemma, making the 2-year-old filly a half-sister to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Like her champion older brother, Chasing Yesterday is also trained by Bob Baffert.
Van Dyke closed out the week with a win on Sunday in his final start of the week, the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes. In Sunday’s race, Van Dyke was aboard Solid Wager, a 7-year-old gelding trained by Peter Miller. Solid Wager ($11.40) defeated the field of eight by over six lengths. Van Dyke also rode Hayden’s Havoc to victory on Friday to give Miller his 1,000th career training win.
With his stakes wins, Van Dyke was the third leading rider by stakes earnings, with $117,000. He was the fourth leading rider by total earnings, adding $273,595 to his 2018 total of $10,083,968. He has earnings in excess of $30 million to date in his riding career.
Van Dyke finished in the money on 61% of his 18 starts last week and maintained a win rate of 33%, with six wins. He has won 135 of his 609 starts this year and is 528 for 3,379 lifetime.
His six wins last week have given him a narrow lead in the jockey standings for the Del Mar fall meet. Van Dyke currently has eight wins, just one more than Geovanni Franco in second place. He won the summer meet riding title at Del Mar earlier this year with 42 wins, five more than Flavien Prat in second place.
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