Born: Lafayette, LA
Residence: Louisville, KY and Metarie, LA
Racing background: Winner of the 2014 George Woolf Memorial Award as voted by his peers, Lanerie, 39, has ranked among Gulfstream’s leading riders since moving his tack to South Florida for the past two winters. He has steadily established himself as a force riding in Kentucky and Louisiana the past several years and won the Churchill Downs spring meet and Ellis Park title in 2012. Lanerie won four titles at Lone Star Park from 1999-2003, and also won titles at Sam Houston and Retama in Texas before moving to the Kentucky-Louisiana circuit in 2005. He rode at bush tracks in Louisiana before turning pro in 1991, winning his first race on April 19 that year at Evangeline Downs.
Joseph H. Moss
Residence: Austin, TX
Professional/racing background: Moss, 91, grew up near Oaklawn Park but moved from Arkansas to attend the University of Texas. Joined the Marines and was stationed in California, where he visited Santa Anita Park. Served as a pilot for four years during World War II and then worked 37 years as a commercial pilot for Delta Airlines. Studied the stock market during his down time and used part of his income to make investments that ultimately funded his horse ownership. Moss purchased his first horse, P.L. Henry, for $110,000 in 2008.
Nicholas P. Zito
Born: New York, NY
Residence: Saratoga Springs, NY
Racing background: The 66-year-old Hall of Famer is one of only two trainers in Gulfstream Park history to win the Florida Derby in successive years, with Ice Box in 2010 and Dialed In in 2011, following Jimmy Jones (1957, 1958), and captured a third with High Fly in 2005. John Veitch (1978, 1985, 1988) is the only other trainer to win the Florida Derby three times. Zito has trained two champions, Storm Song (1996) and War Pass (2007) and owns a victory in all three Triple Crown races, totaling five in all. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005, Zito has won more than 1,900 races and $105 million in purses. He started in racing as a teenager working for trainer Buddy Jacobson, and later worked for Bob Lake, John Campo and Leroy Jolley. Saddled his first winner, Palais, at Liberty Bell in 1972.
Curtis C. Green