09/06/2009 11:00PM

All About Anna cruises in Bassinet


CINCINNATI - By his own count, Corey Lanerie has been to River Downs four times.

"I've won the Cradle twice and now the Bassinet once," Lanerie said Saturday in the River Downs winner's circle after guiding All About Anna to a six-length triumph in the $100,000 Bassinet Stakes.

The trip couldn't have gone any smoother for All About Anna. Sent away as the favorite in a field of 10 2-year-old fillies, she broke sharply before settling in behind the dueling leaders in the six-furlong race.

"At the three-eighths pole, I was right where I wanted to be," Lanerie said. "Right off the outside filly's hip and ready to go when I asked her."

All About Anna easily took command after straightening away and went on to finish six furlongs in 1:12.40 over a fast track. It was her second win from four starts, directly following an Ellis Park maiden win, and was worth $60,000 to owners Robert Dewitt and Catherine Kenneally.

All About Anna, a gray filly by Maria's Mon, returned $5.40 to win. Letter of the Law, on the pace from the start as the 5-1 third choice, grimly held second by a nose over Jody Slew, the 3-1 second choice.

Trainer Eddie Kenneally, husband of the co-owner, said from Saratoga that he wanted to keep All About Anna racing on dirt.

"I'd maybe like to stretch her out, but we'll look at all the appropriate races," Kenneally said. "She's an improving filly. We're thrilled."

Lanerie, a 34-year-old Louisiana native who lives in Louisville, Ky., and rides primarily on the Kentucky circuit, rode Laity (2005) and Passport (2006) to victory in the Cradle, both for Claiborne Farm.

The Bassinet helped kick off the final weekend at River Downs. The annual meet highlight, the $200,000 Cradle Stakes, ends the meet Monday.