Jockey Corey Lanerie, who rode 36 winners to earn last year’s Fall Meet riding title, is off to a hot start, riding seven winners from 21 mounts through the first three days of the Fall Meet.
A winner of nine of the last 10 riding titles at Churchill Downs, Lanerie, 41, entered the Fall Meet fresh off his first riding crown at Keeneland, where he won 27 races.
“It’s been great,” Lanerie said. “I got a lot of momentum coming in from Keeneland. We’re just hoping for another good meet here and so far it’s happening. Things are going real well.”
Lanerie’s recent success follows a frustrating summer when he went 0-for-57 at Saratoga.
“It picks your head back up, for sure,” Lanerie said. “When you’re up there and not winning races you start thinking, ‘What am I doing wrong?’ but going into Saratoga you know it’s a tough meet. Did I expect to not win a race? No. I thought that I’d win at least a couple. I even had people come up to me this fall at Keeneland and say, ‘You’ve really redeemed yourself after Saratoga,’ and that’s always a good feeling. People notice that.
“I’ve had a lot of riding titles here at Churchill and not that they expect it now but I seem to ride the best horses here. When I took the riding title at Keeneland people really took a notice to that as well. It’s been a great year.”