(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%|
|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%|
|6||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||47||11||8||6||$595,473||23%||25||53%|
|10||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||33||2||2||5||$217,407||6%||9||27%|
|15||Jon Kenton Court||35||3||2||5||$142,778||9%||10||29%|
|17||Alex L. Canchari||39||1||2||5||$122,385||3%||8||21%|
(Statistics compiled by Equibase)