Lanerie Wins Churchill Downs’ September Riding Title — Again

(Rider Corey Lanerie accepts his trophy on Sunday / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

The more things change,…

Well, you know the rest of the story, right?

One thing does stay the same. Or, so we think. Or so it seems.

Corey Lanerie remains one of the best riders in the world of Thoroughbred racing.

Corey Lanerie stays the same, no matter where he is riding and hanging his tack.

Corey Lanerie sits atop the standings at Churchill Downs.


After Sunday’s racing was all said and done, Corey Lanerie had wrestled another “Riding Title” away from all his competitors and friends to capture yet another championship at the place that he now calls home.

In 75 mounts this September meet, Lanerie amassed a record of 13 wins, 11 seconds and 7 thirds. His horses won over $828,000 in purses. And, his mounts finished in the Top 3 on .41% of the time.

Those numbers gave Lanerie a two-win margin over long-time friend Julien Leparoux, who finished with 11-5-5 mark and second in the “Purse Standings” with $658,329.

Two wins farther back, and in third place was Brian Hernandez, who had 9 wins, 6 seconds and 8 thirds.

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

1Corey J. Lanerie7513117$828,55217%3141%
2Julien R. Leparoux491155$658,32922%2143%
3Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.59968$576,33615%2339%
4James Graham63678$473,15010%2133%
5Florent Geroux41697$454,45415%2254%
6Miguel Mena587710$441,95712%2441%
7Tyler Gaffalione37594$413,58314%1849%
8Joseph Rocco, Jr.26721$309,25527%1038%
9Ricardo Santana, Jr.45464$292,8659%1431%
10Declan Cannon28434$278,55914%1139%
11Shaun Bridgmohan14152$202,6747%857%
12Adam Beschizza34326$198,4099%1132%
13Tyler Baze53149$194,9432%1426%
14Channing Hill26315$188,64612%935%
15Declan Carroll44442$184,8369%1023%
16Jose L. Ortiz14231$162,36214%643%
17Gabriel Saez28232$159,0107%725%
18Calvin H. Borel23203$153,4829%522%
19Gerard Melancon2100$149,23050%150%
20Chris Landeros21310$146,20914%419%
21David Cohen24312$136,51813%625%
22Irad Ortiz, Jr.5100$132,48820%120%
23Robby Albarado26112$130,0464%415%
24Abel Cedillo1100$120,280100%1100%
25Martin Chuan11200$106,92218%218%

(Statistics 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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