Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger dominated at Colonial Downs on Saturday, winning five races including a front-running score aboard Native Heir in the $50,000 Punch Line Stakes.
Fogelsonger sent Native Heir right to the lead in the five furlong turf sprint to establish a two-length lead after an opening quarter in :22.90. Native Heir maintained his lead over longshot True Blue Rebel around the turn and hit the stretch with the same two-length lead.
True Blue Rebel faded as Satan's Code launched a challenge in mid-stretch. Satan's Code was gaining on Native Heir in deep stretch, but could not get by the stubborn pacesetter. Oxford Tea Party closed late for third.
Native Heir covered the five furlongs in :58.14 on the "good turf."
The Punch Line was the highlight of a banner day for Fogelsonger. Fogelsonger's other wins came aboard Glitter in Blue, Feinster, Someones Coming, and Swaggering. Colonial's leading rider in 2003, Fogelsonger has jumped out to an early lead in 2004 with seven wins.
Native Heir has now won four of six starts at Colonial Downs, including three stakes. The Makin gelding has 17 of 37 lifetime starts for nearly $600,000 in career earnings. The Punch Line was the 6-year-old's first turf win. It was his first start for trainer Phil Schoenthal.