(Corey Lanerie signs autographs at Ellis Park last summer)

(Rider Jose Ortiz leads the current Keeneland meet in purses won / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

There is not a lot of time during the annual Keeneland Spring Meet. Just 15 race days to carve out a name and a game in the race to become the leading rider during the world-class racing mini-season at the world-class racing venue. And, as one might suspect, the logjam at the top of the rankings is as tight as a girth on a 2-year-old.

After Sunday’s racing was concluded, Florent Geroux and Corey Lanerie, two veterans on the Midwest circuit and two regulars at the Lexington meets, stood at the top of the Jockey Standings with 8 wins apiece. Just a victory away from also being tied are Jose Ortiz and Brian Joseph Hernandez, who have 7 wins apiece. And, just a win away from them, with 6 trips to the winner’s circle to date is Joel Rosario.

As in most Springs around Central Kentucky, this race is likely and bound to come down to the last few races — if not the last one, indeed.

So far, Geroux has put up a record of 8-6-3 in 38 mounts, with $606,192 in purse earnings. Lanerie, on the other hand, has 8-6-2 on the board in 45 rides to date, and has $493,436 in purses won.

Ortiz, while a win away from those two, is the meet’s top purse earner to date. In 51 rides, he has a record of 7-7-8, and has already amassed more than $1,096 million in purses. Hernandez, another regular on the Kentucky circuit, has put up 7-5-6 record in 42 rides and has $558,821 in purses earned.

Here is a closer look at the Top 25 riders going into Wednesday’s card:

1 Jose L. Ortiz 51 7 7 8 $1,096,536 14% 22 43%
2 Florent Geroux 38 8 6 3 $606,192 21% 17 45%
3 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 42 7 5 6 $558,821 17% 18 43%
4 Corey J. Lanerie 45 8 6 2 $493,436 18% 16 36%
5 Javier Castellano 14 5 3 1 $479,768 36% 9 64%
6 John R. Velazquez 14 3 4 1 $411,354 21% 8 57%
7 Joel Rosario 28 6 7 8 $409,276 21% 21 75%
8 Jose Lezcano 19 2 4 4 $398,225 11% 10 53%
9 Julien R. Leparoux 33 2 6 2 $395,923 6% 10 30%
10 Luis Saez 33 5 2 4 $342,734 15% 11 33%
11 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 12 1 1 3 $236,092 8% 5 42%
12 Gabriel Saez 21 5 1 2 $206,814 24% 8 38%
13 Julio A. Garcia 6 2 2 1 $186,027 33% 5 83%
14 Adam Beschizza 22 3 3 2 $173,582 14% 8 36%
15 Luis Contreras 2 1 0 0 $151,200 50% 1 50%
16 Chris Landeros 24 2 1 3 $132,708 8% 6 25%
17 Kent J. Desormeaux 1 1 0 0 $120,000 100% 1 100%
18 Corey S. Nakatani 4 1 0 0 $94,649 25% 1 25%
19 Flavien Prat 3 1 0 0 $60,803 33% 1 33%
20 Joseph Rocco, Jr. 11 1 0 5 $60,648 9% 6 55%
21 Tyler Gaffalione 12 0 1 3 $59,679 0% 4 33%
22 Shaun Bridgmohan 8 1 0 1 $57,848 13% 2 25%
23 Albin Jimenez 11 1 1 1 $56,403 9% 3 27%
24 Robby Albarado 28 0 2 2 $56,174 0% 4 14%
25 James Graham 29 0 2 2 $54,038 0% 4 14%