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Sunday, September 10, 2000
89th Day


Jockey Corey Lanerie tried something new aboard Barry & Mark Golden's Where's Taylor in Saturday's sixth race - and Where's Taylor responded with an eight-length victory.

"When we went to Rockingham a month ago for the (Grade 3) New Hampshire Sweepstakes, I thought he got himself beat when he started looking around about the last sixteenth of a mile," Lanerie said. "We just got beat by a nose, so Saturday, instead of trying to rate him, I let him get his stride out of the gate and he never looked back, so I think that's what we'll try to do from now on."

Where's Taylor, who was a New England campaigner a year ago, came under Michael Stidham's shedrow last winter, and since March, as Stidham's regular rider, Lanerie and the gelding have been partners. The pair had won at first asking in allowance company in New Orleans, finished second in the Grade 3 Explosive Bid Handicap, beaten three-parts of a length, and then had repeated bad racing luck until Saturday's score with the new tactics.

"I came here with Mike Stidham," said Lanerie, who is riding at Arlington International on a regular basis for the first time this summer. "He's my main man, has been a big help to me in my career and has given me a big vote of confidence. I'll go anywhere he wants to go."

Through Labor Day, the Lanerie/Stidham combination was the hottest of all jockey/trainer combinations at Arlington throughout the season, but lately, the Lanerie/Catalano pairing has also been one to watch. Both Lanerie and leading conditioner Wayne Catalano are Louisiana natives who campaigned at the Fair Grounds last winter, but surprisingly, did not get together until this summer in Chicago.

"I may have rode a horse for him at sometime before," said Lanerie, "but this summer at Arlington I got lucky and won on either the first or second horse I rode for him and then we got on a roll. Mr. Calabrese (Frank, Catalano's owner) likes me, so that's a good thing, and one thing about Wayne Catalano - when he gets on a roll his horses will be ready to fire.

"When I first got to Arlington this summer, things were a little slow," Lanerie said. "I came here with Mike, and he didn't have a whole lot here at that time, but when I hooked up with Catalano, the last month or so has been really exceptional. I have won a bunch of races and got on a roll. It's been great."

Lanerie is currently in a hotly contested race for second place in the Arlington standings behind runaway leading rider Mark Guidry. Following the end of the season at Arlington International, Lanerie will go to Lexington with Stidham and ride Keeneland for the first time on a regular basis.

"Then I'll go to New Orleans, take a little time off, and prepare for the Fair Grounds," Lanerie said. "I'm hoping Wayne Catalano continues to do business with us, because every time you get on one of his horses, you know you have a good shot - no matter what the odds are."

Lanerie, 25, is a native of Lafayette, and comes from a racing family. His uncles rode and his grandparents trained. His father Gerald, a former jockey, trains a string at Evangeline Downs, and occasionally ships a horse to the Fair Grounds.

"I try to ride for him whenever I can," said Lanerie of his father's modest string, "but he gets mad at me because I have to take off a lot." Lanerie, who came to Arlington this summer with his wife Shantel, have enjoyed their summer in Chicago. He would look forward to a return to Chicago's premier oval next season.

"Wherever I go, I want to be known and do good," said Lanerie. "Hopefully, next year I'll be in with some other people here and be able to do even better."

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