LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Shantel Lanerie, the wife of Churchill Downs’ 15-time champion jockey Corey Lanerie, died on Friday afternoon in Louisville.
Our sister station WAVE 3 News reports that Lanerie passed at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Louisville following a battle with cancer. She was 42.
“The Churchill Downs family is devastated by the sudden passing of Shantel Lanerie,” Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery said. “This is a very sad day. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Corey, Brittlyn, family members and numerous friends as they endure this extremely difficult time. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Lanerie had been diagnosed with stage one breast cancer and had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments. She was admitted to the hospital to treat a severe infection on Thursday and underwent emergency surgery that evening.
She was one of 144 women who walked in the Survivors Parade on Kentucky Oaks Day.
Shantel is survived by her 10-year-old daughter; her mother and father; her brother; and her mother and father-in-law.