Lanerie & Asmussen Take Churchill Spring Titles


Steve Asmussen

Jockey Corey Lanerie entered Saturday's closing day program at Churchill Downs with a commanding 41 to 29 lead over Miguel Mena, clinching his 17th riding title at the 38-day spring meet. The 44-year-old jockey has won six of the last eight spring meet titles.

“It's been refreshing to get things back on track,” Lanerie said. “A lot of trainers and owners have supported me throughout my career here at Churchill Downs and we've been working hard every day to get back to the top.”

Conditioner Steve Asmussen secured his record-extending 21st leading trainer title in Louisville with 27 victories. The Hall of Famer registered his 700th career victory during this meet when Rocky Tough won June 22. Asmussen saddled a trio of Grade I winners during the spring meet in La Troienne S. victress She's a Julie (Elusive Quality), Churchill Downs S. winner Mitole (Eskendereya) and Humana Distaff heroine Mia Mischief (Into Mischief).

The owner title was still up for grabs at the start of Saturday's card with a three-way tie between Calumet Farm, Maggi Moss and Ken and Sarah Ramsey with six wins each. Calumet had two entered Saturday and the Ramseys had one.


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