From the Paulick Report
Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke, who had the second four win day of his career July 6, took sole possession of the lead in the jockey standings entering the final three days of the first Summer Thoroughbred Festival.
Van Dyke, 19, doubled Thursday with Warren’s Tricia R., who won the first race as the 3-2 second choice, and Wackett, successful in the fifth as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite.
Through five days of the Festival, Van Dyke has seven victories, two more than Joe Talamo.
However, the Kentucky-born rider will be absent for part of closing weekend. Van Dyke will be at Arlington Park Saturday where he is scheduled to ride five horses for trainer Tom Proctor.
Proctor, who saddled Money Clip, Van Dyke’s first winner last Nov. 21 at Hollywood Park, named the talented youngster on Myositis Dan in the second, V V Goodnight in the fifth, Chiseled in the sixth, Avanzare in the Grade III, $200,000 Arlington Handicap and Gulsary in the Grade III, $200,000 Modesty Handicap. The Arlington goes as the seventh while the Modesty is the 10th.
In Thursday’s richest race for winners, Ya Wanna Hug, who was making her first start for co-owner and trainer Chuck Treece, led throughout to capture the $21,280 starter allowance for older fillies and mares.
The 6-1 third choice in the field of five, the 5-year-old daughter of Bertrando and the Phone Trick mare Call Mama held off 13-1 shot Suicide Curves by three-quarters of a length for her fourth lifetime victory.
Claimed for $10,000 by Treece and co-owner Jack Carver June 13 at Santa Anita, Ya Wanna Hug completed the six furlongs in 1:10.35 under jockey Ramon Guce. She’s earned $73,245 in 28 starts.
In winning for the first time in her 12th race on dirt, Ya Wanna Hug paid $14.80, $6 and $4.40. Suicide Curves, who was 5 ¾ lengths in front of 11-10 favorite Lady Vivien, returned $9 and $5.60 while the show price on Lady Vivien was $2.60. Astuzia and Eltoninadress, the 7-5 second choice, completed the order of finish.