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Apr 30, 2014 11:52 PM by Kristen Holloway

Acadiana Jockey Makes His First Run for the Roses

As with every first Saturday in May, the horse racing world descends on Churchill Downs for the run for the roses. It'll be a big weekend on the track Saturday as three Acadiana jockeys are in contention for the win at the Kentucky Derby.

Calvin Borel will be on "Ride on Curlin", Robby Albarado will ride "Medal Count", and Cory Lanerie will be on "Harry's Holiday."

Twenty horses will line up at Churchill Downs in Kentucky Saturday. Some say this race is the greatest two minutes in sports, as the world's top horses race for a place among legends. Acadiana Jockey Corey Lanerie says he's waited his whole life for this moment.

"Growing up as a kid, we would always pretend we're riding in the Kentucky Derby and one day I'm going to ride in it. I was probably thinking in the back of my mind it would never happen, but now it has become a reality and we're going to the Kentucky Derby," said Cory Lanerie.

While Cory is already in Kentucky, his family back here at home couldn't be more proud. His uncle Keith Estilette says the family can't wait for race day!

"He won the George Woolf Award, which is given to one jockey a year based on their character on and off the track and its voted on by their peers other jockeys," said Estilette. "To see him live his dream, it's every jockey's dream to ride in the Kentucky Derby, I can't express to you the pride we have for him cause we know it's his dream but it's our dream too."

Lanerie says there will be a big adrenaline rush leading up to the derby; but once he's in the gate, it will be business as usual.

"I think when I get on the horse and head out to the race track there will be a lot going through my mind--my childhood days leading up to this just wanting to be where I'm at now," said Lanerie.

Post time for the 140th Kentucky Derby is set for 5:20 p.m. You can catch the race on NBC.



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