(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.

Again.

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:

1 Corey J. Lanerie 75 13 11 7 $828,552 17% 31 41%
2 Julien R. Leparoux 49 11 5 5 $658,329 22% 21 43%
3 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 59 9 6 8 $576,336 15% 23 39%
4 James Graham 63 6 7 8 $473,150 10% 21 33%
5 Florent Geroux 41 6 9 7 $454,454 15% 22 54%
6 Miguel Mena 58 7 7 10 $441,957 12% 24 41%
7 Tyler Gaffalione 37 5 9 4 $413,583 14% 18 49%
8 Joseph Rocco, Jr. 26 7 2 1 $309,255 27% 10 38%
9 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 45 4 6 4 $292,865 9% 14 31%
10 Declan Cannon 28 4 3 4 $278,559 14% 11 39%
11 Shaun Bridgmohan 14 1 5 2 $202,674 7% 8 57%
12 Adam Beschizza 34 3 2 6 $198,409 9% 11 32%
13 Tyler Baze 53 1 4 9 $194,943 2% 14 26%
14 Channing Hill 26 3 1 5 $188,646 12% 9 35%
15 Declan Carroll 44 4 4 2 $184,836 9% 10 23%
16 Jose L. Ortiz 14 2 3 1 $162,362 14% 6 43%
17 Gabriel Saez 28 2 3 2 $159,010 7% 7 25%
18 Calvin H. Borel 23 2 0 3 $153,482 9% 5 22%
19 Gerard Melancon 2 1 0 0 $149,230 50% 1 50%
20 Chris Landeros 21 3 1 0 $146,209 14% 4 19%
21 David Cohen 24 3 1 2 $136,518 13% 6 25%
22 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 5 1 0 0 $132,488 20% 1 20%
23 Robby Albarado 26 1 1 2 $130,046 4% 4 15%
24 Abel Cedillo 1 1 0 0 $120,280 100% 1 100%
25 Martin Chuan 11 2 0 0 $106,922 18% 2 18%

(Statistics Compiled by Equibase)