Suspension at Ellis Park Won't Be Appealed
Jockey Corey Lanerie, fresh off his fifth Ellis Park riding title and a 15-time meet champion at Churchill Downs, will miss the final three days of the five-date Kentucky Downs meet to serve a three-day suspension for careless riding at Ellis.
Lanerie’s mount, 20-1 shot Proud Nation, was disqualified from second to ninth for causing interference on the backstretch of Sunday’s sixth race. The stewards handed down the suspension late Monday afternoon.
Lanerie was off to a good meet at Kentucky Downs, a session that in recent years had been slow for him. But Lanerie won a $140,000 allowance race on Convict Pike on opening day and also was a close second in the $250,000 One Dreamer aboard 9-1 shot I Remember Mama.
Lanerie said he doesn't plan to appeal the suspension, meaning he won't be able to ride this Saturday, Sunday or next Thursday at Kentucky Downs -- the next three racing days in Kentucky for which entries are not already taken. He will be back riding for Friday, Sept. 14, opening day at Churchill Downs.
"I want to be at Churchill," he said, "Even though those (Kentucky Downs) purses are good. It sucks, I know. I finally got off to a good start. But I have one more day at Kentucky Downs. Maybe I'll have a good day."