Author: Wynn Elliott

Javier Castellano Wins 15th Bill Shoemaker Award

Del Mar Press Release   DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) – Javier Castellano, who won the first race of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup with Rushing Fall in the Juvenile Fillies, parlayed that victory with a runner-up finish, three third-place finishes and a fourth to win the 15th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the World Championships hosted by Del Mar racetrack. The Shoemaker Award is based on a 10-5-3-1 scoring system on first- through fourth-place finishes in each of the 13 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races. Castellano finished with 25 points to edge Jose Ortiz, Flavien...

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Lanerie Clinches 14th Churchill Riding Title In The Last 16 Meets

Paulick Report Press Release Leading into the final day of racing for the 11-day September Meet, perennial top rider Corey Lanerie has already clinched the meet-leading jockey title for the 14th time in the last 16 meets at Churchill Downs. “It’s always special to win races at Churchill Downs,” Lanerie said. “We’ve had a great meet and have to thank the owners and trainers for letting me ride their horses.” With one day of racing remaining, Lanerie (22 wins) has surpassed his own record (19) for the most wins in the September Meet. Since 2012, Lanerie has dominated the Churchill Downs jockey colony, winning 564 races. This meet, for the first time in more than a year, Lanerie guided a horse greater than 20-1 odds to victory at Churchill Downs (Sept. 28, Fightingjoewheeler). Of Lanerie’s 564 winners since 2012, only seven have been odds of 20-1 or higher (1.3%) and just 33 have been odds of 10-1 or higher (5.9%). “That’s a good thing,” Lanerie joked. “That means my agent is putting me on favorites.” Among the highlights of Lanerie’s September Meet was a stakes double on Sept. 30 aboard Honorable Duty in the $200,000 Lukas Classic (Grade III) and Awesome Slew in the $100,000 Ack Ack (GIII). Lanerie began Sunday tied with Jim McKnight for sixth in all-time wins at Churchill Downs (883) and was 31 victories behind fifth-place Larry Melancon (914). The leading owner and...

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