Lanerie Pulls Away In Churchill Downs’ Jockey Standings

(Jockey Corey Lanerie won the rider’s title at Ellis Park this summer, too / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Corey Lanerie is used to winning things. Lots of things.

And, it looks like the likable rider is going to win another thing at the end of this month, too — the Churchill Downs Fall Riding Title.

After Sunday’s races were all said and done, Lanerie had amassed a total resume of 21 wins, 20 seconds and 15 thirds in 112 rides this meet. His horses have won over $1.34 million in purses.


And, Lanerie is 6 wins ahead of his closest competitor — Tyler Gaffalione — in the race for the most victories this meet. And, that’s after Gaffalione has been on a real tear himself.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 riders so far this meet:

1Corey J. Lanerie112212015$1,340,12819%5650%
2Tyler Gaffalione7215168$1,133,14621%3954%
3Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.82121415$778,92415%4150%
4James Graham8913158$769,95215%3640%
5Julien R. Leparoux6910107$761,83114%2739%
6Ricardo Santana, Jr.6813108$743,96619%3146%
7Chris Landeros44839$485,23718%2045%
8Florent Geroux16713$449,91944%1169%
9Miguel Mena83678$424,2077%2125%
10Declan Cannon61536$265,3698%1423%
11Joseph Rocco, Jr.44255$257,6765%1227%
12Jon Kenton Court49546$257,21610%1531%
13Mitchell Murrill32433$227,39413%1031%
14Shaun Bridgmohan17341$222,45618%847%
15Robby Albarado39326$217,4978%1128%
16Channing Hill35321$181,3589%617%
17Gabriel Saez37234$166,8295%924%
18Alex L. Canchari50126$133,3862%918%
19Sophie Doyle14241$131,51214%750%
20Edgar Morales36234$103,3466%925%

(Stats compiled by Equibase)

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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