(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:

1 Tyler Baze 147 20 21 19 $723,147 14% 60 41%
2 Corey J. Lanerie 105 22 22 11 $707,288 21% 55 52%
3 James Graham 138 21 23 19 $672,076 15% 63 46%
4 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 109 14 12 18 $655,085 13% 44 40%
5 Miguel Mena 114 13 18 10 $518,527 11% 41 36%
6 Florent Geroux 44 11 3 12 $453,257 25% 26 59%
7 Declan Carroll 97 17 10 9 $425,755 18% 36 37%
8 Shaun Bridgmohan 30 9 5 3 $370,026 30% 17 57%
9 Gabriel Saez 68 7 15 9 $368,343 10% 31 46%
10 Declan Cannon 71 9 6 14 $294,679 13% 29 41%
11 Calvin H. Borel 62 7 9 10 $272,592 11% 26 42%
12 David Cohen 81 11 12 12 $265,227 14% 35 43%
13 Adam Beschizza 62 4 8 7 $262,022 6% 19 31%
14 Rayan Gazader 77 9 12 11 $256,878 12% 32 42%
15 Edgar Morales 87 5 6 7 $186,821 6% 18 21%
16 Channing Hill 34 5 4 1 $159,188 15% 10 29%
17 Chantal Sutherland 56 6 4 6 $155,668 11% 16 29%
18 Joseph Rocco, Jr. 48 7 3 9 $154,183 15% 19 40%
19 Martin Chuan 22 5 4 4 $146,305 23% 13 59%
20 Jack Gilligan 58 5 4 7 $127,117 9% 16 28%
21 Jon Kenton Court 64 4 3 3 $123,913 6% 10 16%
22 Jesus Lopez Castanon 17 3 2 3 $113,303 18% 8 47%
23 Tyler Gaffalione 6 1 1 1 $77,830 17% 3 50%
24 Chris Landeros 3 3 0 0 $74,400 100% 3 100%
25 Julien R. Leparoux 4 1 0 1 $40,150 25% 2 50%