Monday, September 3rd, 2018   ( 2 weeks ago )

Van Dyke, Miller Ride Stellar Seasons to Meeting Titles

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, August 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.

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%