04/26/2014 11:42AM

Lanerie to ride Harry's Holiday in Kentucky Derby

Barbara D. Livingston
Corey Lanerie will be riding in his first Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Corey Lanerie has ridden in over 25,000 races, winning more than 3,500. He has been the leading rider at Churchill Downs four times, and was voted this year’s winner of the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

What he surprisingly hasn’t done is ride in the Kentucky Derby, something he is on course to change next week. Saturday morning he was named the jockey of longshot Harry’s Holiday by trainer Mike Maker, shortly after the rider worked the colt five furlongs in 1:02.60.

“I never even thought I’d ride at Churchill Downs,” he said. “It would be like I’m getting to the top of the mountain to get to ride in the Derby. It would be awesome for me and my family - just a proud moment.”

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Lanerie, 39, comes from a family that has long been involved in racing, albeit on a smaller stage. His father, Gerald, was a jockey and later became a trainer, and a grandfather also trained. Born in Lafayette, La., Lanerie began galloping horses at age 9, and rode at unrecognized bush tracks in Louisiana beginning his professional career at age 16 at Evangeline Downs.

The confirmation that he would receive the mount on Harry’s Holiday left him with something further to do Saturday. He had to call his mother, Debbie. “She wants to come and is running out of time,” he said.

Harry’s Holiday, beaten a nose when second in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway in March, finished 13th in his final Derby prep, the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. He has a win and a second in two starts at Churchill Downs, where his majority owner, Terry Raymond, claimed him for $30,000 from a maiden race last September.




raypal45 More than 1 year ago
It is amazing that some of the best riders in America have not ridden in the Derby. How many rides has Russel Baze had? And now you have a 20 y.o. and even younger brother Jose and Irad Ortiz riding. It is where you work and for whom you ride. You've got to have connections or luck. I would like to see Victor Espinosa win like he did on War Emblem and I know that Baffert's horses will run out. Isn't that Karma? Just riding in the Derby means that someone thinks highly of you. When Daniel Centeno won on Ring Weekend against Paco and Javier at Tampa, they took him off and got Garcia to ride him. See what happened. Don't believe in changing success.
Daniel155 More than 1 year ago
Like you said: riding in the Derby is just being on the right horse at the right time or being connected with the right trainers and owners. Russell Baze could be on another Jerry Hollendorfer Derby horse some day. Many fine jockeys have never heard the sound of "My Old Kentucky Home" in the afternoon on the first Saturday in May.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
California Chrome might deliver the biggest romp of a Derby in years.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Seriously, he really may be all by his lonesome turning for home.
Joaquin Sanson More than 1 year ago
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
I hope you will learn how to put together a sentence before you decide to counter another posting. When you make as many grammatical errors as you have, I do not believe that you would even understand what a speed bias even is.
Mark Olsen More than 1 year ago
Harry's Holiday isn't a bad horse....washed out bad in the Bluegrass.....probably will do much better in the Derby.
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
This is the only free story we can read today, what a joke. I guess USA today will have to be my source for horseracing.
Eric Boyle More than 1 year ago
Show of hands. If everyone on this blog found themselves with a horse that qualified for the derby but logically had no chance to win, would you go? I would in a heartbeat.
Mitch McMahon More than 1 year ago
They're all 3 year old Kentucky breds that have hit the board in Graded race as 3 yo. Unlikely but not impossible...hell yes I'd go
Mitch McMahon More than 1 year ago
Actually, they're not all KY breds...but you get the point. This guy ran his best race at 1 1/8th...
Anne Baxter More than 1 year ago
Some good stuff on Bloodhorse about the Trial. Free too!!!
Erin Mayfield More than 1 year ago
mark. there has been plenty of horses that shouldn't be in the derby and have won. everyone listens to the so called experts to much.
james hallal More than 1 year ago
does anybody really care? the horse has no chance. the derby has become tjhe most a meaningless race due to the formula used to qualify. each year half the field are absolute throw outs. it gives drf somethingt to hype.
Steve Hanna More than 1 year ago
Right, I had the same opinion of Mine That Bird. I still have nightmares.
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
last and 20th
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
He deserves to run up the track