LOUISVILLE, KY – Jockey Brian Hernandez – who rides regularly for trainer Ian Wilkes – is making a late bid to challenge perennial leader Corey Lanerie for the Churchill Downs’ Spring-Summer Meet riding title.

Going into this week’s schedule, which is slated for races again this coming Thursday evening, Lanerie still sits atop of the rider’s standings, but his lead has slipped to just eight wins over Hernandez – his closest competitor for the riding title.

After Sunday’s race card, Lanerie has 46 first-place finishes in 231 mounts, compared to Hernandez, who has 38 wins in 183 rides. In third position, is veteran Julien Leparoux, who has 25 wins in 125 starts, followed by Frenchman Florent Geroux, with 22.

Here is a closer look at the rider standings:

Name

Starts

1st

2nd

3rd

Earnings

Corey J. Lanerie

231

46

37

44

$2,059,832

Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.

183

38

37

24

$1,660,377

Julien R. Leparoux

125

25

13

17

$1,705,341

Florent Geroux

118

22

10

20

$1,552,384

James Graham

132

19

21

12

$791,818

Miguel Mena

150

17

22

21

$605,308

Ricardo Santana, Jr.

90

17

14

9

$518,580

Joseph Rocco, Jr.

120

11

12

13

$488,547

Chris Landeros

75

11

7

12

$397,071

Gabriel Saez

106

10

9

10

$341,119

Didiel A. Osorio

76

10

6

10

$201,489

Shaun Bridgmohan 96 9 17 14 $518,410
Declan Cannon 91 7 10 7 $288,768
Jon Kenton Court 69 7 9 8 $326,399
David Romero Flores 30 6 1 6 $150,142
Channing Hill 54 5 9 8 $229,569
Rayan Gazader 48 4 8 5 $122,255
Robby Albarado 34 4 7 5 $228,644
Calvin H. Borel 72 3 6 9 $156,772
Jose Lezcano 20 3 3 2 $186,651