It’s Official: Corey Lanerie Wins Another Rider’s Title at Churchill Downs

(Corey Lanerie also won the rider’s title at the Churchill Downs’ September meet / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

It has become the new normal.

You know.

Churchill Downs has a race meet.

Corey Lanerie rides the race meet.

Corey Lanerie wins the Jockey’s Title at said race meet.

It happened again this November.

When all the races were said and done under the famed Twin Spires for the 2019 calendar year, Lanerie stood in the winner’s circle more than any other rider on the grounds and held yet another trophy for his accomplishments.

Lanerie finished the meet with a record of 33-30-27 in 196 mounts to out-finish his good friend and competitor Julie Leparoux, who was runner-up. Leparoux had a record of 26-15-12 in just 120 rides this meet.

Lanerie’s horses also earned more purse money than any other jockey. Lanerie’s mounts earned over $2.039 million for the meet, which held some of the highest purses in history.

All told, six riders had horses to earn more than $1.054 million.

In third place was Tyler Gaffalione, who had 25 wins, while Ricardo Santana, Jr. booted him 23 winners for the meet.

Here’s a closer look at the final Jockey Standings:

1Corey J. Lanerie196333027$2,039,20517%9046%
2Tyler Gaffalione129252519$1,942,41019%6953%
3Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.157213125$1,684,70313%7749%
4Ricardo Santana, Jr.131231913$1,657,07018%5542%
5Julien R. Leparoux120261512$1,590,21322%5344%
6Florent Geroux621358$1,054,14621%2642%
7Chris Landeros7613514$829,89617%3242%
8James Graham9613168$799,47314%3739%
9Miguel Mena1106811$497,8655%2523%
10Declan Cannon987613$488,1887%2627%
11Martin Garcia59789$445,23912%2441%
12Jon Kenton Court868811$425,3059%2731%
13Joel Rosario8122$398,60113%563%
14Gabriel Saez75678$393,2298%2128%
15Robby Albarado66449$366,9716%1726%
16Joseph Rocco, Jr.74466$357,7905%1622%
17Alex L. Canchari77447$240,7755%1519%
18Shaun Bridgmohan19342$230,17616%947%
19Mitchell Murrill32433$227,39413%1031%
20Channing Hill55332$222,6855%815%
21Santo Sanjur37431$186,27111%822%
22Junior Alvarado2100$178,98050%150%
23John McKee35465$177,71511%1543%
24Fernando De La Cruz37313$166,3798%719%
25Julie Burke18321$157,82317%633%

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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