02/12/2011 8:24PM

Lanerie's ground-saving trip helps Ravi's Song win Pelleteri at Fair Grounds

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Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges Jr.
Ravi's Song takes the Pelleteri Stakes at Fair Grounds under jockey Corey Lanerie.

Some call Calvin Borel by the name Borail, given his propensity for rallying up the fence. How does Corail Lanerie sound? Corey Lanerail? The names don’t fit, but the point remains the same: Jockey Corey Lanerie has been scraping paint to great effect this winter at Fair Grounds, and he did it again with Ravi’s Song in the $59,400 Pelleteri Stakes on Saturday.

Ravi’s Song was second-last into the first turn and down the backstretch, and with Lanerie cleaving to the rail, Ravi’s Song got shuffled back to last of eight past the three-eighths pole on the far turn.
Fair Grounds-veteran Lanerie, who recently scored his 3,000th win, has been riding the track enough years to have fully grasped how much time the long stretch affords a jockey who decides to stay inside. And voila, there went the horses in front of Ravi’s Song, peeling off the fence one by one as the field came into the stretch. Lanerie, awaiting just such an occurrence, asked his mount for run, and Ravi’s Song gave it to him.

Finishing strongly, she came off the fence just long enough to split pace-setting Fighter Wing (fractions of 24.25 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.89 for the half, and 1:13.91 for six furlongs) and fading Silver Labelle, going on to a 1 1/2-length victory. Fighter Wing held second, while Age of Humor was another length back in third.

Favored Bella Medaglia didn’t settle well into the first turn, got into traffic trouble most of the race’s second half, and finished a distant sixth.

Carl Bowman trains 5-year-old Ravi’s Song for Mrs. Yoshio Fujita. Mr. Yoshio Fujita bred the mare, mating Unbridled’s Song and Lu Ravi, a wonderful race mare during her day who campaigned at Fair Grounds, also under Bowman’s care.

The winner ran 1 1/16 miles in a solid 1:45.62, and paid $12.20 to win.