Lanerie, Asmussen, Moss Win Churchill Titles

Lanerie, Asmussen, Moss Win Churchill Titles
Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs
Celebrating the leaders of the Churchill Downs Spring Meet jockey Corey Lanerie, trainer Steve Asmussen, and owner Maggi Moss.
Jockey Corey Lanerie, trainer Steve Asmussen, and owner Maggi Moss have secured titles at the Churchill Downs spring meet, which closes June 29.
 
Lanerie clinched his fifth Churchill Downs riding title with 55 wins entering Sunday's closing day card. 
 
The recent recipient of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award captured his first title in the spring of 2012 when he tallied 71 victories, came back and won the title again in the fall of 2012 with 29 wins, took the inaugural September meeting in 2013 with 19 wins and followed that with another title last November where he rode 36 winners.
 
"Once you've accomplished a leading riding title you always want to repeat," Lanerie said. "It's definitely a goal I set for myself coming into this spring.
 
"I try not to look into the standings during the meet because I don't want it to affect my focus. So I just try to win as many as I can each week to try to earn a good paycheck."
 
Lanerie also was the only jockey to eclipse $2 million in purse earnings, with $2,006,696 entering the final day of racing at Churchill.
 
"I'm lucky to have so many opportunities to ride and obviously the more opportunities you have, the more you win," Lanerie said. "People like me, thank God, and fortunately they ask for me."
 
In addition to the 55 wins from his 253 mounts, Lanerie also has scored 47 second-place finishes and has ridden 44 third-place finishers, putting his in-the-money percentage at 60% and win percentage a 22% entering Sunday.
 
Entering the final day, Asmussen has secured his 14th training title at Churchill Downs, the most titles ever won at the Louisville racetrack.
 
Ahead of Sunday's card, Asmussen had 19 wins, nine seconds, and 12 third-place efforts from 81 starters and earnings of $1,279,014.
 
Highlighted by a victory in the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Winchell Thoroughbreds' Untapable, Asmussen captured a total of five stakes wins for the meet.
 
"It feels very good," Asmussen said. "It's a special meet with Untapable winning the Oaks. My assistants Darren Fleming and Galen Prewitt have done a wonderful job for us and hopefully the hits keep coming." 
 
Asmussen took his first training title in the fall of 2001, saddling 13 winners. He has won the fall training title six times, the spring title seven times, and took the inaugural September meeting title in 2013.
 
Entering Sunday, Asmussen had saddled 516 winners at Churchill Downs, third on the all-time list behind Bill Mott (678) and Dale Romans (615). 
 
With seven victories entering the final day of Churchill Downs spring meeting, owner Maggi Moss has secured her third leading owner title with seven wins, highlighted by a victory by Delaunay in the Aristides (gr. III).
 
Moss also captured leading owner honors in the spring of 2010 and the spring of 2007. With a record of seven wins, six runner-up finishes and seven thirds, she has accumulated $230,926 in earnings for the meet.
 
Entering Sunday, six owners were tied for second in wins with four, but none had more than one starter on the Sunday card.

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