Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger collected his 1,000th career win Sunday at Colonial Downs when he guided the maiden Glenwood Ace to victory.
The 25-year-old Fogelsonger, a former Eclipse Award winner as top apprentice jockey, took Glenwood Ace to the lead in the $24,000 maiden special weight turf sprint for 2-year-olds and won driving by a 1 1/2 lengths. It was Fogelsonger's second win on the card and his sixth of the meet, which opened June 16.
Reaching the milestone at Colonial Downs had added meaning for Fogelsonger, who won the Colonial's jockey title in 2003 and 2004. Although his first career win was aboard Sentimental Way at Pimlico in May of 2002, Fogelsonger considers Colonial 2002 as his breakout meet, finishing third in the jockey standings that summer. Of Fogelsonger's wins, 148 have happened at Colonial Downs.
"This place really got me started," said Fogelsonger after racing on Sunday. "The fans are really good here. Other places you go they may hate you no matter what you do. That's not the case here. They are real supportive and come out to greet you every day. I took to this course really well, and I get good business here. I try to be as versatile as I can, but I like riding on the turf. The turns are a little tighter, and you have to be more patient."
Laffit Pincay, Jr. holds the all-time North American record with 9,531 wins in 37 years of racing. Fogelsonger has been riding for slightly over four years.
"I see myself doing this until my body can't take it anymore. Hopefully, that's a long way from now," said Fogelsonger.
So far, Fogelsonger is the leading rider of Colonial's new meet, including a win aboard Union Avenue in the $60,000 John D. Marsh Stakes on June 17.
Opening night at Colonial Downs was fortuitous for owner David Ross who went to the winner's circle three times to have his picture taken. The Northern Virginia real estate businessman was Colonial's leading owner last summer with 15 wins but never expected a hat trick on opening night.
"It's the first time ever for me. It's exciting. I have no words for it," said Ross after Private Scandal won the Old Nelson, an overnight stakes. "Last year I won two in a day, and I was ecstatic."