Keeneland

Day at the races: Jockey Corey Lanerie earns his first Keeneland meet title

Jockey Corey Lanerie earned his first Keeneland meet title, riding 25 winners. "When you come to Keeneland, it's tough," he said. This meet,  everything just seemed to click."
Jockey Corey Lanerie earned his first Keeneland meet title, riding 25 winners. "When you come to Keeneland, it's tough," he said. This meet, everything just seemed to click." Keeneland Photo

Saturday's figures: On-track attendance, 15,978; on-track betting, $1,072,873.30; total betting including simulcast, $8,653,750.05.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 19,958; on-track betting, $1,275,838; total betting including simulcast, $8,779,582.

Coming up: Saturday was officially the final day of the fall meet, but there will be one more day of racing Thursday before the Breeders' Cup comes to Keeneland on Friday and Saturday. The Thursday card includes the $100,000 Lafayette Stakes for 3-year-olds, going 7 furlongs on the main track.

Final furlong

■ Corey Lanerie earned his first Keeneland meet title by riding home 25 winners this fall. The 40-year-old native of Louisiana has won several recent meet titles at Churchill Downs and was the second-leading rider at Keeneland last fall. Lanerie earned the first Grade I victory of his career at Keeneland in 2009, with 24-1 shot Hooh Why in the Ashland Stakes.

"It feels great to win a title here," he said. "It's a real feather in my hat. When you come to Keeneland, it's tough. Every year, it's tough. I've had some OK meets, but I've never had a meet like this. Last fall, I came close. This meet, everything just seemed to click. It feels like I've moved up a little bit, and I'm climbing a ladder that's pretty steep.

"It's a special place, and it just makes you feel good about yourself when you can do something good here."

Julien Leparoux finished second in the jockey standings with 19 victories.

■ There was a three-way tie for the trainers' title, with Kenny McPeek, Steve Asmussen and Mark Casse sending out nine winners each this fall. On Saturday, Asmussen and McPeek had one winner each to tie Casse, who did not have a starter on the card.

■ Ken and Sarah Ramsey had seven winners during the meet (and two Saturday) to earn their 16th owners title, extending their own record. Maggi Moss was second with six victories.

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