The 2011 fall meet closed this past Sunday at Churchill Downs. The 21-day affair marked the 121st such fall meet for Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. This year, as always, there was plenty of solid competition and great thoroughbred racing.
Churchill Downs kicked off the fall meet by hosting the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a second consecutive year. Attendance for the two-day event was 105,820 while all-sources betting totaled $155,525,947.
In addition to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, there were several other highlights of the fall meet. Most recently, jockey Jon Court became only the 17th jockey in history to win 400 races at Churchill Downs. Court has also won 14 stakes at Churchill and has 3,600 career wins. Another jockey that had a great fall meet was Julien Leparoux. Leparoux took home his fifth straight, and ninth overall, fall meet title for most wins by a jockey. Leparoux won 34 races during this fall meet and was followed by 27 victories by Corey Lanerie.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey captured their 18th owner’s title and their 10th fall meet title by winning 12 races during the fall meet, none bigger than the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies which they won with Stephanie’s Kitten. The trainer title ended in a tie as Steve Asmussen and Mike Maker both closed the meet with 15 wins. Asmussen picked up where he left off after also taking the spring meet title and has now won six in a row.
While he did not win the fall meet title, Hall of Fame trainer, Bill Mott, continued to exert his presence as he won both the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Mott also captured his 650th career win during the fall meet.
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