Jockey Corey Lanerie led all riders in number of wins this week with ten while competing against the top competition in North America at Keeneland Racecourse. That great week of racing helped Lanerie win the riding title for the Keeneland Fall met and led to him being named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for October 19th – October 25th. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.
The 40 year-old rider had an impressive 38 percent win rate for the week which helped him lock down his first riding title at Keeneland. His 25 wins bested second place jockey Julien Leparoux by six winners when Saturday’s racing was over, marking the conclusion of Keeneland’s Fall Meet, held October 2-24th. This week is the beginning of an exciting Breeders’ Cup Week at the storied race track and racing will resume on Thursday, October 29, as Keeneland hosts Prelude to the Cup, a special day of racing on the eve of the Breeders’ Cup.
Lanerie, born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, began his riding career at his hometown track Evangeline Downs in 1991 and remembers his first winner with great detail.
“I remember it like it was yesterday,” said Lanerie, the son of Gerald Lanerie, a jockey who later became a trainer. “It was for C. D. Delahoussaye on April 19, 1991. The horse was named High Hopes Banquet. I was told to get on the fence and stay there. I stayed there and went through a hole that probably wasn’t really there. That young and inexperienced, I didn’t know any better.”
Since then Lanerie has racked up riding titles at multiple venues in Lousiana, Texas, and Kentucky on his way to over 3,800 career wins.
In 2014 Lanerie was awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. The award is chosen by a nationwide vote of his riding peers. The Woolf Award, presented annually at Santa Anita since 1950, recognizes riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem both for themselves and for the sport. It is highly coveted by jockeys, because of the fact that it is awarded by fellow riders.
For the week Lanerie won ten races from his 26 starters along with three second placings and six third place finishes, and earnings of $334,117.
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