(Corey Lanerie / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Corey Lanerie is accustomed to standing in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs. He gets a lot of practice, mind you.

And, it sure appears that he will be standing in that same spot when the current November race meeting concludes at the end of the month. With a big sign in front of him. Again. With his family gather around him. Again. And, with another riding title in his saddle bags.

After Sunday’s races were completed, Lanerie — one of the best to ever throw a leg over a Thoroughbred at Churchill Downs and underneath the famed Twin Spires — has compiled a rather impressive resume of 16 wins , 14 seconds and 13 thirds in the first 85 rides this meet.

That amounts to a win percentage of .19%, and a fact that his horses have hit the board on 51% of the time.

It also adds up to a commanding 5-win lead over his closest competitor in the race for the rider’s title here this Fall.

A lead that does not appear to be in jeopardy.

Ricardo Santana, Jr., who rides first saddle for the barn of Steve Asmussen, has 11 wins, 8 seconds and 6 thirds in 47 mounts. And, a trio of riders — Tyler Gaffalione, Brian Hernandez and James Graham — are all tied for third with 10 wins apiece.

Here’s a closer look at the Top 20 jockeys so far this meet:

1 Corey J. Lanerie 85 16 14 13 $1,042,312 19% 43 51%
2 Tyler Gaffalione 47 10 9 3 $738,694 21% 22 47%
3 Julien R. Leparoux 49 9 9 4 $631,076 18% 22 45%
4 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 61 10 10 13 $626,076 16% 33 54%
5 James Graham 65 10 10 7 $600,748 15% 27 42%
6 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 47 11 8 6 $595,473 23% 25 53%
7 Miguel Mena 67 6 4 5 $356,347 9% 15 22%
8 Chris Landeros 33 4 2 6 $284,899 12% 12 36%
9 Declan Cannon 45 4 3 5 $221,586 9% 12 27%
10 Joseph Rocco, Jr. 33 2 2 5 $217,407 6% 9 27%
11 Robby Albarado 33 2 2 6 $193,486 6% 10 30%
12 Shaun Bridgmohan 13 2 4 1 $186,104 15% 7 54%
13 Mitchell Murrill 30 3 3 2 $165,978 10% 8 27%
14 Channing Hill 26 2 2 1 $146,443 8% 5 19%
15 Jon Kenton Court 35 3 2 5 $142,778 9% 10 29%
16 Florent Geroux 4 2 0 2 $124,820 50% 4 100%
17 Alex L. Canchari 39 1 2 5 $122,385 3% 8 21%
18 Gabriel Saez 26 2 1 2 $117,194 8% 5 19%
19 Sophie Doyle 10 2 3 1 $114,645 20% 6 60%
20 Edgar Morales 33 2 3 3 $97,862 6% 8 24%

(Statistics compiled by Equibase)