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Breeders' Cup 2017

Lanerie stays hot at Churchill Downs

Veteran jockey Corey Lanerie became just the eighth rider to ride six winners on a card at Churchill Downs on Sunday and he kept his hot streak alive with four more winners Thursday, including the $68,988 Thursday afternoon feature aboard favored Guys Reward, who notched his third career win on the Matt Winn Turf Course.

Lanerie, a 37-year-old native of Lafayette, La., has won with 11 of his 19 mounts since Sunday. His four wins Thursday improved his total to 28 for the meet, giving him a one-win advantage over Shaun Bridgmohan for the meet lead.

Guys Reward broke well in the field of six and then was rated in third behind A Diehl and Strike Impact through fractions of :24.59 :48.62 and 1:12.63. A 5-year-old son of Grand Reward, Guys Reward lacked room in the stretch, but was able to get through on the rail and, once in the clear, he edged by A Diehl to cross the wire a half-length in front.

Trained by Dale Romans, Guys Reward covered one mile on the firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:35.61.

The victory improved Guys Reward's record to 5-5-9 from 32 lifetime starts and his earnings increased to $368,477 with Thursday's check of $42,060.

Guys Reward returned $5.20, $3.20 and $2.10. A Diehl, ridden by Shane Sellers, finished second and returned $5.20 and $3 with Strike Impact, under Miguel Mena, finishing another 2 ¼ lengths back in third and returning $2.20 to show.

Earlier in the card, jockey Calvin Borel recorded his 1,100th career win at Churchill Downs in the third race aboard Tank's Letter. Borel is second in career victories beneath the Twin Spires to Pat Day, who rode 2,482 winners at the Louisville track.

 

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