Churchill Downs’ Riding Race Starts to Heat Up — Again

(Jockey Corey Lanerie / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

It took a little longer than some may have expected. It took a little longer than maybe even the riders, themselves, have come to expect, as well.

But the world of Churchill Downs racing can rest a little easier this Sunday night. The world is close to being back on its’ regular axis.

After all, perennial riding champ Corey Lanerie has moved ahead in the one significant category in the current Jockey Standings, and now is just one — a single win away — from joining Julien Leparoux at the top of the Louisville riding standings once again.

After Sunday’s races were counted and approved, Leparoux — who won 6 races in the first two days and jumped to a quick lead — is just one win in front of both Lanerie and friend Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. in the September meet race.

Leparoux has 8 wins, while Lanerie and Hernandez stand tied at second with 7 wins apiece.

Lanerie, on the other hand, leads in the “Purses Won” category, with $496,123 earned through the first two weeks.

Here’s a closer look at the September Meet:

1Corey J. Lanerie49764$496,12314%1735%
2Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.41746$466,09217%1741%
3Julien R. Leparoux31822$460,42526%1239%
4Miguel Mena43657$346,36514%1842%
5James Graham41565$319,07412%1639%
6Florent Geroux23465$301,68117%1565%
7Tyler Gaffalione22382$275,67214%1359%
8Shaun Bridgmohan12152$197,3248%867%
9Ricardo Santana, Jr.28321$181,43911%621%
10Jose L. Ortiz14231$162,36214%643%
11Declan Carroll31242$138,7646%826%
12Irad Ortiz, Jr.5100$132,48820%120%
13Tyler Baze32135$130,4523%928%
14Calvin H. Borel15201$128,94513%320%
15Abel Cedillo1100$120,280100%1100%
16Chris Landeros12210$105,60617%325%
17Channing Hill15212$102,86613%533%
18Martin Chuan6200$98,80733%233%
19Adam Beschizza23213$91,7439%626%
20Gabriel Saez14102$89,3777%321%
21Joseph Rocco, Jr.12201$88,81617%325%
22Declan Cannon19024$81,6060%632%
23Jon Kenton Court22210$79,3169%314%
24Edgar Morales28102$69,6514%311%
25Jesus Lopez Castanon8130$54,61013%450%

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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