Veteran rider Corey Lanerie won with six of his seven mounts Sunday at
Churchill Downs, including the $45,168 feature race aboard Professor Fate, to
become only the eighth jockey to achieve the feat beneath the historic Twin
Avalon Farms Inc.'s Professor Fate gave Lanerie his fifth winner of the day
when he won the six-furlong feature by a widening 4 ¼ lengths. In the following
race, Lanerie rode Southern Parkway to victory for his sixth win of the afternoon,
a career-high for the 22-year journeyman rider.
It was just the 11th time in Churchill Downs history that a jockey rode six
winners on a card. The last to accomplish the feat was Jamie Theriot on June
18, 2008. Pat Day won six in a day at Churchill Downs on four occasions - the
lone rider to collect that many wins on a single program more than once.
The Churchill Downs record for wins in one day is seven, shared by Day (June
20, 1984) and Julien Leparoux (Nov. 11, 2008).
The memorable day for Lanerie, a 37-year-old native of Lafayette, La., improved
his win total to 23 through the first 18 days of the 39-day Spring Meet, moving
him one ahead of Shaun Bridgmohan for the lead.
Professor Fate rated in third behind the heavily-favored Thermal Cat and Bucktown
through quick opening fractions of :21.23 and :44.24. The 3-year-old son of
Lion Heart moved for the leaders with a quarter-mile remaining and held a clear
advantage by the time the field reached the eighth pole. Professor Fate then
increased his lead from there and crossed the wire in 1:09.48.
It was the third victory in four starts for the Eddie Kenneally-trained
Professor Fate, who increased his career earnings to $68,820 with Sunday's
check of $27,000.
Professor Fate returned $18.80, $9 and $30.60. Bucktown, ridden by Jon Court,
returned $22.40 and $77.80 with Barefoot Bandit, ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.,
finishing another 2 ½ lengths back in third and returning $37.20 to show.
The unusually large show prices were because more than 90-percent of the
$136,000 show pool was wagered on 1-5 favorite Thermal Cat, who finished off
the board in fourth.