03/27/2017 8:50AM

Van Dyke hoping to return to saddle in May

Shigeki Kikkawa
Drayden Van Dyke is recovering from a broken arm sustained in January.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Jockey Drayden Van Dyke is targeting a comeback in May after breaking his arm in a spill Jan. 26, his agent, Brad Pegram, told Santa Anita publicity last weekend.

Van Dyke recently had a full-arm cast replaced with one below the elbow that will be worn until early April, when he will be fitted with a soft brace, Pegram said.

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Pegram said Van Dyke hopes to begin therapy in April and resume riding in mid-May.

Van Dyke, the champion apprentice jockey of 2014, had five wins in the first month of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting before he was injured. Van Dyke had a strong finish in 2016, winning three stakes at Del Mar and Los Alamitos in the final five weeks of the year.