After landing the biggest stakes win of her career, Sophie Doyle was selected as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for March 18-24, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America’s #1 Equine Toxin Remover.
Fans may not have expected the pair of upsets in the prep races for the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby last weekend at the Fair Grounds. However, after trainer Larry Jones sent out 62-1 shot Super Steed in the Southwest Stakes last month, his entry in the Fair Grounds Oaks at a modest 11-1 probably deserved a look.
Jockey Sophie Doyle had the call aboard the Jones trainee, Street Band. The pair had a rough start in the $400,000 prep race, negotiating some jostling and eventually running wide in the 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-old fillies. Doyle guided Street Band ($23.80) to the front in the stretch and went on to win by nearly four lengths.
Street Band, bound for Louisville, is also co-bred and co-owned by Larry Jones, with Cindy Jones and Ray Francis. Doyle has been aboard for each of the filly’s five starts at the Fair Grounds, including an allowance win and a fourth-place finish in the Rachel Alexandra (G2) Stakes.
The win in the Fair Grounds Oaks was Doyle’s second career graded stakes win and carried the largest purse in a race of her career to date.
Doyle’s first career graded stakes win came in October 2015 at Keeneland. She rode Fioretti to victory in the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) in an even bigger upset – the pair sat on the board at 17-1 before closing to win by nearly a length in a six-furlong sprint.
Her stakes victory was her only win in 14 starts last week, and she finished second in a maiden claiming event the day before Louisiana Derby day. She has won six races in 2019 and is 237 for 2,346 in the U.S.
With stakes earnings of $241,800, she was the fourth leading rider by stakes earnings among North American jockeys last week. She was tenth by total earnings, adding $251,360 to her career earnings. Doyle has earned $430,820 to date in 2019 and has earned $5.9 million in her United States career.
A native of England, Doyle was the leading female apprentice rider in 2010 and began riding full time in the United States in 2013.
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