There was no drama associated with the rider’s title at this Fall’s race meeting at Churchill Downs. In fact, the track could have announced the winner way back before Thanksgiving. Before the turkey and giblet gravy were made.

For the 15th time in the last 17 race meets, Corey Lanerie rode off into the Winter with yet another riding title at the track under the Twin Spires. And, he did it in style. Just consider:

  1. He won twice as many winners as his nearest competitor. He had 38 wins compared to 19 by Ricardo Santana, Jr., who rides first saddle for the leading trainer, Steve Asmussen.
  2. In fact, you could add together the number of wins by the second and third place winningest jockeys at this Fall’s meet and they still would have been three wins short. Santana had 19 wins and Julien Leparoux had 16 wins, and together their 35 collective wins was still short of Lanerie’s 38.
  3. Lanerie’s total of purses won at the meet was a whopping $1,504,536, and nearly as much as both Santana ($837,791) and Florent Geroux ($779,085) won together at $1,616,876.
  4. And, Lanerie’s total for finishing in the top 3 (win-place-show) was 79 times; which was nearly as much as Santana (51) and Leparoux (34) at 85.
  5. Wow.

“I could have never imagined being this successful at Churchill,” Lanerie said. “It’s such a great accomplishment and it’s been a great meet. I have to thank all of the owners and trainers for giving me an opportunity to ride their horses.”

Lanerie surpassed his 2017 Fall Meet total of 31 wins and had earnings of more than $1.3 million, which exceeded last year’s mark by more than $250,000.

Among the highlights of Lanerie’s Fall Meet was a trio of stakes victories in the $100,000 River City Handicap (Grade III) (Shining Copper), $80,000-added Bet On Sunshine Overnight Stakes (Limousine Liberal), and $200,000 Spendthrift Juvenile Filly Stallion Stakes (Sultry).

Lanerie was fifth in all-time wins at Churchill Downs with 922, three behind fourth-place Don Brumfield.

Here is a closer look at the Top 25 standings at the end of the meet, which finished on Sunday, Nov. 26:

1 Corey J. Lanerie 172 38 24 17 $1,504,536 22% 79 46%
2 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 117 19 16 16 $837,791 16% 51 44%
3 Florent Geroux 91 10 14 12 $779,085 11% 36 40%
4 Julien R. Leparoux 69 16 6 12 $764,469 23% 34 49%
5 Robby Albarado 106 12 16 21 $744,743 11% 49 46%
6 Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 91 15 16 7 $635,223 16% 38 42%
7 Chris Landeros 68 9 6 9 $471,058 13% 24 35%
8 Jon Kenton Court 117 10 11 13 $396,221 9% 34 29%
9 Channing Hill 47 7 3 6 $367,380 15% 16 34%
10 Alex L. Canchari 94 9 6 11 $362,646 10% 26 28%
11 Joseph Rocco, Jr. 85 5 11 5 $324,811 6% 21 25%
12 Miguel Mena 63 9 8 5 $322,897 14% 22 35%
13 John R. Velazquez 3 1 0 0 $299,903 33% 1 33%
14 James Graham 37 2 6 7 $236,768 5% 15 41%
15 Calvin H. Borel 62 4 7 1 $173,473 6% 12 19%
16 Edgar Morales 75 4 10 8 $157,647 5% 22 29%
17 Ty Kennedy 30 5 2 3 $139,917 17% 10 33%
18 Junior Alvarado 5 1 0 1 $136,268 20% 2 40%
19 Rayan Gazader 54 4 3 7 $120,497 7% 14 26%
20 Rogelio Miranda 52 5 7 5 $119,603 10% 17 33%
21 Shaun Bridgmohan 17 3 2 3 $117,777 18% 8 47%
22 Alonso Quinonez 28 4 3 4 $117,661 14% 11 39%
23 Joel Rosario 6 0 1 1 $114,517 0% 2 33%
24 Gabriel Saez 33 2 6 5 $112,960 6% 13 39%
25 C.J. McMahon 36 4 3 3 $102,345 11% 10 28%