Friday Notes: Lanerie Approaching 3,000 Wins
Jockey Corey Lanerie, 36, a Louisiana native born and raised in Lafayette, scored a riding triple at Fair Grounds Thursday and was seven wins away from the 3,000-career win milestone entering Friday’s 10-race program where he was listed aboard seven mounts for the day.
On Thursday, Lanerie began his hat trick by riding Peter Cantrell’s Bananafafana to a nose tally in the third race for trainer Keith Desormeaux, returned to the winner’s circle following a three-length victory in the sixth aboard Robert Muir’s Black Power for conditioner Carl Bowman, and concluded it by piloting Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Ghost Is Clear to a 7 1/4-length score for trainer Mike Maker in the featured eighth race of the afternoon.
On Friday, Lanerie is listed aboard Mr. and Mrs. David Randal’s Wicked Dreams in the opener, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Emma’s Kitten in the third, Carl Joseph’s Lil Forty in the fifth, Edward Stoll III’s Saviano in the sixth, Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Wild Tizzy in the seventh, Mark Stanley’s Elusive Temper in the eighth and Coby Tresner and Charles Jennings’ Ti Township in the ninth.
‘GUNNER’ GONZALEZ FIRES WITH LATEST LONGSHOT THURSDAY – Jockey Carlos Gonzalez has always been known as a good speed rider – hence his nickname – but also for his ability to bring home longshots in the wagering.
On Thursday in the second race at Fair Grounds, the 45-year-old resident of Bossier City, Louisiana, reinforced his reputation on both counts by taking Stephen Stigall’s Gazillionaire to the front shortly after the start and keeping her there for a 1 1/4-length victory at the wire.
The 4-year-old filly lit up the tote board with a $240 win price, easily the largest straight payoff of the current season at the New Orleans oval.
“I didn’t know that horse,” said Gonzalez later in the afternoon. “I’d never ridden her before, but I looked in (Daily Racing Form) and it looked like she ran best when she was close to the pace so that’s where I put her.”
Did Gazillionaire’s $240 win payoff make her the longest shot he had ever ridden in his career?
“I’m not sure,” said Gonzalez, “but it would be pretty close. I rode a horse at Oaklawn a couple of years ago that paid $240 or $250 or something like that. I don’t really remember but it was humongous. If this one isn’t the longest, it’s pretty close.”
WILLCOX INN GETS FIRST WORK BACK – All In Stable’s Willcox Inn, third in the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs and third in the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity over Keeneland’s Polytrack before that, returned to the work tab Friday morning at Fair Grounds, going three furlongs in 37.20.
“That was his first work this morning, so I’m not really committing to anything right now – turf or dirt – for his first start,” said trainer Mike Stidham shortly after the move. “If we decide it’s going to be on grass, the ($60,000) Mardi Gras Stakes (at about 7 1/2 furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course March 8) might be a good spot for him.”
Stidham also indicated that Prime Equestrian’s Flash Mash, winner of her local bow by more than 10 lengths Nov. 27 before disappointing in Delta’s $200,000 My Trusty Cat Stakes Jan. 14, might be pointed for the $60,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at six furlongs Feb. 5, although those plans were far from definite.
APART BEING POINTED FOR MINESHAFT HANDICAP – Trainer Al Stall Jr. indicated Friday morning that Adele Dilschneider’s Grade III Super Derby winner Apart remained on track for a start in the Grade III Mineshaft Handicap on Feb. 19 at Fair Grounds.
Stall breezed Adele Dilschneider’s Might four furlongs in 48.80 Friday morning. Might is an unstarted full sister to Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame.
CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE BREEZES TOWARD COLONEL POWER – Carl Moore’s Chamberlain Bridge, winner of the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs, breezed five furlongs in 1:03 flat Friday morning for trainer Bret Calhoun in preparation for the $60,000 Colonel Power Stakes here on Feb. 19.