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Apprentice VanDyke Has Big Name Behind Him

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For a brand new apprentice rider trying to break into the big time, it’s helpful to have some major league names behind him.

Drayden Van Dyke, 19 had his first ride Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park, finishing sixth aboard Two Term Leader for Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor.

“While he was in high school in Hot Springs, he came out to Churchill Downs every summer trying to get work,” said Proctor.  “After high school, I sent him to Florida to learn.  He’s out here now exercising horses for me.”

“The thing about this kid is that people like him,” pointed out Proctor.  “He’s got talent, but he’s humble.”

The usual butterflies accompanied the bug boy to the gate for the first time.

“I was a little nervous, but the experience was awesome,’’ said Van Dyke.  “Gary (Stevens) was in the jock’s room helping me with my goggles and silks.”

Van Dyke will make his second appearance in Thursday’s sixth race aboard the Proctor-trained Money Clip.   Stevens originally had been named on the 3-year-old maiden son of Aleet Alex.

 

What the Nation is saying about Apprentice VanDyke Has Big Name Behind Him...

quote: Aw, I like how Gary's helping him out Laughing about that....One is running the other isn`t
Amino,it was his 2nd lifetime race.Did you see the race.The kid never rode the horse in the stretch,looked like he was holding on for dear life. Horse should get his winners fee also.
Aw, I like how Gary's helping him out!
Nice of Gary to let the kid have it. Of courses, it was his only mount of the day, but still :)
Was nice to see.
Just notched his first career win in his 2nd mount aboard Tom Proctor's Money Clip in today's 6th at BHP.

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