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May 29th, 12
Veteran rider Corey Lanerie became just the eighth rider to win a half-dozen races on a single racing card at Churchill Downs when he scored his sixth win of the afternoon aboard Ashbrook Farm’s Southern Parkway in the 10th and final race Sunday.

From Churchill Downs Communications Department
 The six-win day was a career high for the 37-year-old Lanerie, who rode five winners in one day eight times throughout his 22-year career. He accomplished the feat once at Evangeline (May 20, 1994) and Sam Houston (May 26, 1996) and three times at both Lone Star Park (July 17, 1999; July 14, 2002; June 6, 2003) and Fair Grounds (Nov. 28, 2002; Feb. 10, 2003; March 23, 2008).

        The milestone afternoon for Lanerie left him one victory shy of the record for Churchill Downs wins in a single day shared by Hall of Famer Pat Day, the all-time win leader at Churchill Downs, and Julien Leparoux.  Day won seven races from eight mounts on June 20, 1984, while Leparoux matched the feat from nine mounts on Nov. 11, 2008. Day won six races during a single racing program on four occasions.

        Lanerie won aboard six of his seven mounts Sunday. In the eighth race, he finished eighth aboard Gold ‘n White, his lone mount that failed to visit the winner’s circle.

        “It was amazing,” Lanerie said. “To win with six out of seven makes it even better.

        “I think you get in the zone and the horses feel it. Coming into the day, I knew I was on some live mounts. I thought I could have a good day, but did I think I would win six out of seven? Probably not. It all just fell into place. It was just my day.”

        Lanerie’s sixth victory of the day moved him one win ahead of Shaun Bridgmohan in the jockey standings through Day 18 of the 39-day Spring Meet. Lanerie, who is seeking his first riding title at the Home of the Kentucky Derby, has finished second to Julien Leparoux in the standings in three of the last four meets at Churchill Downs. Leparoux moved his tack to New York following Derby week, leaving the door open for Lanerie and other riders to take the title. 

        “It’ll be tough to beat Shaun (Bridgmohan) and Calvin (Borel),” Lanerie said. “They’re both good riders and have good business. I’m just hopeful I can stay in the hunt.”


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