09/22/2014 1:36PM

Van Dyke to ride Wednesday

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Drayden Van Dyke will ride three horses for trainer Tom Proctor on Wednesday at Kentucky Downs.

Drayden Van Dyke, the top apprentice on the Southern California circuit and a leading candidate for an Eclipse Award, will be among the riders back at Kentucky Downs for the closing-day card Wednesday. Van Dyke, who went winless with his six mounts Sept. 6 at Kentucky Downs, is named on three mounts, all for trainer Tom Proctor.

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As a boy, Van Dyke, now 19, spent a considerable amount of time in Kentucky. He is the son of Seth Van Dyke, who died last month in Florida. The elder Van Dyke was a former jockey who worked in later years as an exercise rider and valet on this circuit.

Also Wednesday at Kentucky Downs, retired jockey Ron Turcotte, best known for his rides aboard the legendary Secretariat, will conduct autograph sessions. For a suggested $10 donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Turcotte will sign autographs from noon to 1 and from 2 to 4.

Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
On the Pace or launching from far back this kid ( D.V.D. ) can ride , watch him @ 61/2 down the hill at SA . on a closer ..(He looks like my paper-boy and rides like a tested journeyman) ..good luck to you Drayden , a lot of people are pulling for you ...
mikey J More than 1 year ago
Don't move to early. That seems to be the trouble for a lot of jocks when they ride here. The meet is not long enough to get any rhythm or figure out any bias over the up and down hill course.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
He looks like a girl. He is going to be good one
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
I WONDER IF KENTUCKY DOWNS WILL MAKE TURCOTTE PAY FOR ADMISSION AND PARKING LIKE CHURCHILL DID? i HOPE CDI AND CHURCHILL BOTH BURN TO THE GROUND!!
willdo1000 More than 1 year ago
No anger issues there. Good luck and find a doctor quick
mikey More than 1 year ago
He is good down hill, but what about up hill.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Good luck and congrats on a fine meet at Los Al!
David G. More than 1 year ago
Good luck tomorrow Drayden at KD. Just stay off the rail and you'll do fine.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
This kid can flat out ride, however anyone riding there for the 1st time is at a disadvantage
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Gotta give it up for the Jock, he rode well composed and won with his first mount.