Del Mar Meet ‘A Dream’ For Van Dyke, Who Leads Jockey Standings

The final six days of the Del Mar summer meeting hold a lot of potential for 23-year-old jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

There’s the potential to notch his first riding title at a major Southern California circuit meeting – to go with two championships achieved at Los Alamitos four years ago during an Eclipse Award-winning apprentice campaign.

The potential to add to his nine stakes victories and threaten/tie/break the Del Mar single-meeting record of 13 set by Rafael Bejarano in 2012.

No surprise then, Wednesday morning, when Van Dyke’s eyes lit up at the mention of those possibilities.

“It’s been a dream meet,” Van Dyke said. “I expected to have a good one. But it surpasses anything I could have expected so far. To win (a riding title) would mean a lot to me and to my agent (Brad Pegram). It’s been a goal and it would put a check mark in that box.”

It was only 10 days ago that Van Dyke’s already good meeting went straight to great with a record-tying seven wins that moved him to the top of the standings where he has remained since. Van Dyke enters the closing week with 33 wins, four ahead of defending champion Flavien Prat.

“When I won four in a row, people started rooting me on and, of course, my confidence level just went through the roof,” Van Dyke said of the seven-win day. “I won the stakes (Del Mar Mile on Catapult) and I was so focused for the next two. It was an incredible feeling.”

The Del Mar Mile was the seventh stakes victory of the meeting for Van Dyke. He added two last weekend, both for trainer John Sadler, on Catalina Cruiser in the Pat O’Brien and True Royalty in the Torrey Pines.

There are nine stakes on the remaining cards and Van Dyke figures to ride in most, if not all of them.

“That (stakes record) would be cool,” Van Dyke said.


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