Sophie Doyle Looks To Continue Career Year With Graded Stakes Mounts At Gulfstream Park

Sophie Doyle has a pair of mounts on Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park, where trainer John Ortiz will give the 33-year-old British-born jockey a leg up on Cairenn for the $100,000 Rampart (G3) and Pretty Greeley for the $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3).

Ortiz will have supreme confidence in the abilities of prominent British rider James Doyle’s sister when he gives her a leg up on Cairenn and Pretty Greeley for their stakes – two of five stakes scheduled for an 11-race card that will feature the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3) and the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2), preps for the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series at Gulfstream Jan. 25.

“She’s a fantastic rider. She’s very tactical. She understands horsemanship,” Ortiz said. “I think that what’s gotten her very far in the business.”

Doyle, who has been riding regularly in the U.S. since 2014, is enjoying a career season in 2019, during which she notched a Grade 1 win in the Cotillion at Parx aboard Street Band, whom she also guided to victory in the Fair Ground Oaks (G2) and Indiana Oaks (G3).

Following a successful apprenticeship in England, Doyle worked as an exercise rider in the U.S. for two years before resuming her jockey career. After riding nine horses in Southern California, Doyle switched her tack to the Midwest, where she has made steady inroads into demonstrating her savvy horsemanship.

“Her personality, in general, is optimistic. She’s always thinking ahead, always trying to figure out what she or the team can improve on the horse,” Ortiz said. “She’s knows it takes a whole team effort to win a race. I think her racing mind is one of the biggest assets for a jockey.”

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