Lanerie Poised & Ready to Win Another Title at Ellis Park

(Rider Corey Lanerie signing autographs at Ellis Park / Photo by Gene McLean)

Corey Lanerie has made a few side trips along the way this summer. Won some races at Saratoga. Won some races over in West Virginia. Won some races up in Indy.

But, per usual, with the annual summer meet ready to come to a close down at “The Pea Patch” at Ellis Park, Corey Lanerie is ready to harvest yet another rider’s title at the little “fair like meet” in Henderson, KY.

After Sunday’s races were recorded, Lanerie — the top rider in the Midwest, and, arguably, one of the best to throw leg over a horse in any jurisdiction — is atop of the Ellis Park rider standings.

Going into the final week of races, Lanerie holds a 1-win lead over the steady, ready and able James Graham and a 2-win edge over California transplant Tyler Baze.

Having ridden 105 horses this meet, Lanerie has posted a resume of 22 wins, 22 seconds and 11 thirds. His horses have earned over $707,000 in purses. He has won .21% of his races and his mounts have finished “in the money” .52% of the time.

Graham, who has ridden 138 horses this meet, has a record of 21-23-19 and his horses have won over $672,000.

Baze has made 147 mounts with a record of 20-21-19. He tops the rider colony in purses won with over $723,000.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 riders so far this meet:

1Tyler Baze147202119$723,14714%6041%
2Corey J. Lanerie105222211$707,28821%5552%
3James Graham138212319$672,07615%6346%
4Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.109141218$655,08513%4440%
5Miguel Mena114131810$518,52711%4136%
6Florent Geroux4411312$453,25725%2659%
7Declan Carroll9717109$425,75518%3637%
8Shaun Bridgmohan30953$370,02630%1757%
9Gabriel Saez687159$368,34310%3146%
10Declan Cannon719614$294,67913%2941%
11Calvin H. Borel627910$272,59211%2642%
12David Cohen81111212$265,22714%3543%
13Adam Beschizza62487$262,0226%1931%
14Rayan Gazader7791211$256,87812%3242%
15Edgar Morales87567$186,8216%1821%
16Channing Hill34541$159,18815%1029%
17Chantal Sutherland56646$155,66811%1629%
18Joseph Rocco, Jr.48739$154,18315%1940%
19Martin Chuan22544$146,30523%1359%
20Jack Gilligan58547$127,1179%1628%
21Jon Kenton Court64433$123,9136%1016%
22Jesus Lopez Castanon17323$113,30318%847%
23Tyler Gaffalione6111$77,83017%350%
24Chris Landeros3300$74,400100%3100%
25Julien R. Leparoux4101$40,15025%250%

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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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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