Jockey Corey Lanerie, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen and Bob Lothenbach's Lothenbach Stables have secured titles in their respective divisions for the 25-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.
“It never gets old being leading rider,” said Corey Lanerie, a now 19-time leading rider at Churchill Downs after sweeping all three meets in 2019. “We had the support of so many owners and trainers at this meet and the credit goes to them and their horses.”
Lanerie entered Sunday's 12-race closing day card with an insurmountable 31-25 win lead over 2018 Fall Meet champion jockey Tyler Gaffalione. Julien Leparoux entered the day in third with 24 wins but was only scheduled to ride six horses. Ricardo Santana Jr. was in fourth with 21 wins, including a four-win day on Saturday. Brian Hernandez Jr. moved into fifth with 20 victories.
Asmussen clinched his 22nd leading trainer title at Churchill Downs with victories on Saturday's program with Silver Prospector in the $300,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) and Finite in the $300,000 Golden Rod (GII).
Brad Cox entered Sunday's card in second with 14 wins while Ian Wilkes held third with 10 victories.
Asmussen trails Churchill Downs' all-time leading trainer Dale Romans, 736-727, in career win beneath the Twin Spires.
Lothenbach, who operates his stable primarily with trainers Ian Wilkes, Chris Block and Neil Pessin, banked more than $500,000 in purse earnings with eight victories at the meet through 20 starters. Lothenbach began the meet on a tear with four wins from their first five starters. The stable clinched the Fall Meet title with a victory by Street of Dreams in Saturday's first race, a one-mile maiden special weight worth $95,000.
This will be Lothenbach Stables' second owner title at Churchill Downs after winning the 2018 September Meet.
After Sunday's closer, racing at Churchill Downs will resume on April 25 for Opening Night of the Spring Meet. There are only 153 days until Kentucky Derby 146 on Saturday, May 2.
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