Author: Wynn Elliott

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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Animal Charities Stepping Up To Aid Horses In Puerto Rico

By Paulick Report Staff Animal-related charities have put out the rallying cry to their supports throughout the U. S. as their focus shifts from helping horses and other animals in Florida and Texas to assisting with efforts in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria’s wrath has left much of the island devastated, with more than 3.4 million without power and many without access to food or drinking water. When people can’t event take care of their own basic needs to survive, animals often become victims of circumstance. Aid workers are reporting horses with cuts and injuries consistent with having been hit by flying objects and skin and hoof ailments due to standing in water for lengthy amounts of time. That, combined with little to no access to clean water and hay or necessary medications has rendered them in dire need of assistance. The Brook USA, the American counterpart of the international equine charity that offers aid to working equines in third world countries, recently announced that it had reached its fundraising goal of $3,000 as a match for donations being raised by the USEF Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma. Now, it’s attention is shifting to Maria. All donations contributed to the Brook’s current campaign will go directly to helping equine victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Other organizations are planning and...

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Segs4Vets Reaches Out To Horse Racing To Assist Disabled Riders

From Paulick Report Anne Von Rosen has a new ride, but she’d rather it be on a horse. Her legs paralyzed in a March 11, 2014, spill at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., Von Rosen was in Del Mar, Calif., last week to receive a retrofitted Segway personal transporter from the parent company of Segs4Vets, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has provided more than 1,600 Segways to assist men and women in the U.S. military who returned home with severe wounds suffered during their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s pretty cool because you have your hands free,” Von Rosen said of the ALLY chair, which is built on a Segway frame and allows the user to go forward or backwards by using their core – leaning in the direction they want to go. A stick serves as a steering device. “But I’m not going to sit in a wheelchair the rest of my life,” Rosen said with conviction. “I’m going to walk again.” Von Rosen was accompanied to Del Mar by her friend, trainer Stacy Campo, and her faithful canine companion, Lily, who seemed to enjoy riding on Von Rosen’s lap as she moved around on the ALLY chair during a training session given by Segs4Vets volunteers. A native of Germany, Von Rosen was chosen to be the first disabled jockey recipient of an ALLY chair through discussions with...

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