Born: July 12, 1986 in Cambridge, England
Record at Keeneland
Total Wins: 6
Stakes Wins: 1
First Stakes Win: 2015 Roxelana at Churchill aboard Fioretti
First Graded Stakes Win: 2015 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) at Keeneland with Fioretti
First Career Win: November 26, 2014, at Churchill on Jaz N Tap
Rode first winner during the 2015 Spring Meet in her first season competing at Keeneland.
Rode Fioretti to win the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) during the 2015 Fall Meet for the first graded stakes victory of her career. Next rode Fioretti in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Keeneland, finishing 13th.
North American career earnings exceed $5 million with 229 wins through Dec. 4, 2018.
2017 earnings were $919,787 with 27 wins.
2016 earnings were $1,066,171 with 42 wins, including the Open Mind on Fioeretti.
In 2015, her first full year of riding in the U.S., she won 72 races and earned $1,629,471.
Top female apprentice rider in England in 2010 with 28 wins.
Daughter of a horse trainer, Sophie grew up in England near an area known as the Valley of the Racehorse, where 1,500 Thoroughbreds at 50 different stables reside. Sophie, whose younger brother James rides for Godolphin, rode show jumpers before becoming a jockey. She was a successful apprentice but despite that start, she had difficulty obtaining competitive mounts.
“I realized I had to be logical,” she told KyForward.com. “Do I want to keep pushing every year? Or should I go to America and start from scratch?”
Sophie spent two winners as an exercise rider in the U.S. and decided to reboot her riding career here. She made her North American debut at Santa Anita in 2011. After riding in just nine races in Southern California in 2011 and 2013, she relocated to Kentucky, where an abundance of regional tracks offer plenty of racing options.
Now based in Lexington, Sophie competes in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania and often maintains a hectic schedule. Less than five hours after winning Keeneland’s Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), she was at Indiana Grand to ride a horse in the sixth race there.
Sophie’s mother, Jacqui Doyle, traveled to Lexington for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. Brother James Doyle had four mounts during the event, finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Godolphin’s Birchwood (IRE).
“To be here with my family is above all one of the things I never thought would happen,” she told TheGuardian.com. “I’m just grateful and blessed that this opportunity has come my way. It’s been fantastic.
“It makes me think about all the sacrifices I made, and it finally justifies why I left England, and why I’m here, and why I’m out in the morning – because I’m doing a job I love.”