Apprentice sensation Ryan Fogelsonger rode his 400th career winner this afternoon when St. Johns Prospect won Wednesday's fifth race.
"I knew I needed two today to reach 400," said Fogelsonger, who won 267 races a year ago and captured the Eclipse Award for top first year rider. "It was a goal of mine at the beginning of the year to reach 400 before I lost the bug."
Fogelsonger loses his weight allowance and becomes a journeyman on May 24.
Next Saturday on the Preakness undercard, the 21-year old is to ride Cherokee's Boy in the $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes and P Day in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III). It is a far journey from 2002 when he spent Preakness Day as a fan in the famed infield.
"I thought it was special when I was able to secure rides on Maryland Million Day," added Fogelsonger, the second leading rider in the country. "To be able to ride on Preakness Day with 100,000 people in the stands is something I am looking forward to. It should be a special day."