Veteran jockey Corey Lanerie entered Saturday's closing day program at Churchill Downs with a commanding 41-29 win lead over Miguel Mena in the jockey standings and clinched his 17th leading rider title at the 38-day Spring Meet.
Lanerie, 44, has won six of the last eight Spring Meet riding championships. Lanerie was poised to win the 2018 meet title when tragedy struck during mid-June with the sudden loss of his wife, Shantel.
“It's been refreshing to get things back on track,” Lanerie said. “A lot of trainers and owners have supported me throughout my career here at Churchill Downs and we've been working hard every day to get back to the top.”
Lanerie who was represented in 2018 by Richard Price, switched agents for the 2019 Spring Meet to 30-year-old Cory Prewitt. The duo plan to ride at Ellis Park over the summer.
Arguably, the biggest win of Lanerie's Spring Meet came when Wilbo rallied in mid-stretch to narrowly prevail in the $125,000 Aristides Stakes (Listed). Along with Wilbo's victory in the Aristides, Lanerie also won the $115,000 Champion's Day Marathon Overnight Stakes presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance aboard Sonneteer.
The leading jockey presentation will take place following the fifth race Saturday at Churchill Downs.
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