sophie doyle

Facing Uncertainty Outside The Racetrack, Working Jockeys Are Happy For Some ‘Normal’

Uncertainty may be a part of a jockey’s everyday life, but that feeling has risen immeasurably as the rest of the world grinds to a halt in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Several states have shut down racing entirely, so riders at tracks still operating are quick to express their gratitude for being able […]

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Azeri Sets Up Rematch Between Lady Apple, Serengeti Empress, Street Band

The Houston Ladies Classic, Part 2, will be run Saturday at Oaklawn with the top five finishers from that Jan. 26 race all entered in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares. Probable post time for the 1 1/16-mile Azeri, the ninth of 11 races, is 4:50 p.m. (Central). The Azeri is […]

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‘We Pick Each Other Up’: Fair Grounds’ Bella Riders Hope To Set A Good Example

It’s been a mix of successes, obstacles and setbacks, but one thing is certain, the 2019-2020 racing season has been one of enlightenment for the ladies of the Fair Grounds jock’s room. They each have unique backgrounds and are at different stages of their careers, but when it comes to the spirited competition they live […]

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Thrice Would Be Nice: Larry Jones Hoping Street Band Hits Right Notes in Houston Ladies Classic

It’s hard to keep trainer Larry Jones out of the winner’s circle at Sam Houston Park in Houston, Texas. The affable Kentucky horseman has won two previous editions of the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic, first with Joyful Victory, who captured the inaugural running in 2013, and then with Cassatt in 2015. Both mares […]

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Doyle Hoping To Continue ‘Fantastic Ride’ With Street Band In Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Street Band and jockey Sophie Doyle came into Parx Racing’s $1 million Cotillion on Sept. 21 with victories in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Both filly and rider earned their first Grade 1 victory as Street Band rallied from near-last and looping wide to take the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion […]

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Jockey Siblings Sophie And James Doyle Reunited At Keeneland On Saturday

The Doyle name is well known in England, where James is an internationally successful jockey, Sophie was a top rookie rider and their mother, Jacqueline, trained Thoroughbreds. James rides for Godolphin, and Sophie has established herself in the U.S. and is the jockey of 2019 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) contender Street Band. She regularly competes […]

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Sophie Doyle Unanimously Voted Jockey Of The Week After First Grade 1 Win

In a rare unanimous vote, Sophie Doyle was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for September 16-22, 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 […]

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Street Band ‘Still Has Quite A Bit Of Upside,’ Will Point To Breeders’ Cup Distaff

With her rallying victory in Saturday’s $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Philadelphia’s Parx Racing, Street Band became the fifth Grade 1 winner to come out of Ellis Park’s 2018 2-year-old races. Street Band — whom jockey Sophie Doyle rode to a 2 1/4-length victory over previously unbeaten favorite Guarana — earned a fees-paid (worth $60,000) […]

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Cotillion Win ‘An Absolute Thrill’ For Jockey Sophie Doyle, Street Band’s Ownership

Ray Francis, Cindy and Larry Jones, Medallion Racing and MyRaceHorse Stable’s $1 million Cotillion Stakes (Grade I) winner Street Band returned to Churchill Downs Sunday at 8:30 a.m. following her 2 ¼-length score at Parx Saturday. Street Band rallied from nearly 10 lengths back of early pace-setting Jaywalk and passed heavy favorite Guarana in late […]

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