Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger, the second leading rider at Pimlico, is taking off the remainder of the spring meeting that ends June 12 to rest his lower back after he injured himself in a fall on April 21. The 2002 Eclipse Award winner for outstanding apprentice last rode on Thursday, his 24th birthday."I have been to four different doctors, and they have all told me the same thing, that it isn't going to get any better unless I rest," said Fogelsonger, who has 28 wins in 23 riding days during the current stand. "The two fractures they found in my lower back are stable but my muscles are knotted up and getting stressed every day I ride. I have tried four or five different medications but now I am going to massage therapy, electric therapy and acupuncture and hopefully will return when racing shifts to Colonial Downs on June 17."
Fogelsonger has 81 victories this year and nearly $1.6 million in earnings. He has 843 career victories from 4,066 mounts (21% win rate) for earnings of $16.5 million.MTV announced earlier this week that "True Life: I Want The Perfect Body II", the reality show that chronicled Fogelsonger during a six-month period will air July 7 at 10 p.m.