Van Dyke, Miller Secure Meet-Leading Titles At Del Mar

Drayden Van Dyke went from six behind in the rider standings to one in front with a Del Mar record-tying seven wins on Sunday, Aug. 19, and tenaciously held on through the final 11 days of the meeting to secure his first major Southern California riding championship at the 79th Del Mar summer meeting.

The 23-year-old native of Louisville, Ky., overtook defending champion Flavien Prat, who was serving a three-day suspension at the time, to take a 26-25 lead and finished the meeting with 42 wins to 37 for Prat. It tied for the highest win total since 2014.

Van Dyke had won titles at the brief Los Alamitos meetings during an Eclipse Award-winning apprentice campaign in 2014, but the championship was a first at Del Mar or Santa Anita in five years on the circuit.

Peter Miller said he had no expectations of a third training title coming into the meeting. But the wins started piling up and Miller went from tied for the lead after two weeks to three wins in front after 15 days, to seven in front entering the fifth week. He maintained the advantage entering the next-to-last week of the meeting, boosted the lead to 12 entering the final week and coasted home.

Miller finished with 31 wins from 114 starters with 16 second and 13 third-place finishes, a 27 percent win rate and 53 percent in-the-money figure. Doug O’Neill was second with 21 wins.

Miller’s total was tied for second in the 21st Century at Del Mar, one short of 32 posted by Bob Baffert in 2000.

Van Dyke was also the top rider for stakes wins with nine. Prat and Tyler Baze had seven each. John Sadler had eight stakes victories, tying a personal record at Del Mar, highlighted by the victory by Accelerate in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic.

DEL MAR STATISTICS

Jockey Standings

(Current Through Monday, September 3, 2018 Inclusive)

Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% In-money% Money Won
Drayden Van Dyke 160 42 17 21 26% 50% $2,754,118
Flavien Prat 146 37 26 13 25% 52% $2,523,977
Tyler Baze 178 25 21 18 14% 36% $1,495,945
Assael Espinoza 193 21 18 20 11% 31% $866,598
Heriberto Figueroa 119 19 13 8 16% 34% $576,590
Mario Gutierrez 125 17 23 14 14% 43% $1,344,809
Geovanni Franco 159 17 19 21 11% 36% $931,847
Tiago Pereira 125 14 16 18 11% 38% $727,352
Joseph Talamo 126 13 10 12 10% 28% $844,571
Evin Roman 129 12 14 11 9% 29% $598,138

 

Trainer Standings

(Current Through Monday, September 3, 2018 Inclusive)

Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% In-money% Money Won
Peter Miller 116 31 16 14 27% 53% $1,438,446
Doug F. O’Neill 156 21 28 20 13% 44% $1,347,952
Jerry Hollendorfer 93 17 18 10 18% 48% $1,271,066
Philip D’Amato 111 16 13 12 14% 37% $1,245,441
Richard Baltas 105 15 12 10 14% 35% $833,533
John W. Sadler 64 15 6 8 23% 45% $1,712,104
Bob Baffert 44 14 9 5 32% 64% $1,023,865
Jeff Mullins 57 12 6 6 21% 42% $549,060
Brian J. Koriner 41 8 4 3 20% 37% $422,315
William E. Morey 37 7 5 5 19% 46% $408,245

 

Winning Favorites Report

(Current Through Monday, September 3, 2018 Inclusive)

Winning favorites — 110 out of 318 — 34.59%

Winning favorites on dirt — 78 out of 196 — 39.80%

Winning favorites on turf — 32 out of 122 — 26.23%

Winning odds-on favorites — 30 out of 50 — 60.00%

In-the-Money favorites — 221 out of 318 — 69.50%

In-the-Money odds-on favorites — 46 out of 50 — 92.00%

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