Fogelsonger 6-Pack Includes Lusty Latin in Schapiro

(from Pimlico report)
Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger had a banner day, winning the $150,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap astride Lusty Latin and five other races on Saturday's ten-race Pimlico card. Fogelsonger's six wins topped his previous day's best of five.

Lusty Latin broke alertly for Fogelsonger, tracking the pacesetters to the top of the lane. They powered through a gaping hole along the rail and quickly drew off to a commanding lead. Lusty Latin won by 4 1/2 lengths. Foufa's Warrior finished second and Pay The Preacher was third. Mr. O'Brien, the odds-on 2-5 favorite, raced with the leaders to the far turn but gave way and finished last.

Lusty Latin is owned by Michael Gill and trained by Mark Shuman. The roan gelding ran the nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:49. The winner paid $11.80, $4 and $5.80. Foufa's Warrior returned $4.40 and $3.60. Pay the Preacher's show was $5.80.

The Schapiro had originally been carded for the turf so grass specialists Dr. Kashnikow, Tam's Terms, Move Those Chains, Hotstufanthensome and Lady of the Future scratched when the race came off the grass.

"I knew this was going to be a horse race," Fogelsonger said. "Sometimes it doesn't work out the way you planned it. I was trying to get him out and bring him around horses but I had to rush him up in there at the half-mile pole because there was no shot to get him out. He went in there and he kicked on."

Lusty Latin finished 15th in the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when he was part of the Jeff Mullins barn. Gill claimed him last year and the 5-year-old gelding won two of three allowance races at Saratoga this summer.

"We castrated him and he's turned into the horse he's supposed to be," Shuman said. "It seemed in previous starts he wouldn't run inside of horses. He was hesitant. So we decided (in this race) to take him outside. He proved us wrong today. I guess he likes the inside, too."

Fogelsonger leads the jockey standings with 17 victories in the first seven days of the summer-fall meet, 11 more than any other rider. It was the sixth time the 2002 Eclipse Award winning apprentice has produced a multiple win afternoon during the stand.

"I thought I had a chance for a big day but often times when that happens you don't even get one," the jockey noted. "When you win three your confidence rises and you don't have to even think about riding smart."

The 23-year old also scored with So Good ($4.20 in the first), Rush to Glory ($8.40, fourth), Red Ribbons ($5, sixth), Mike the Navy Man ($4.20, seventh) and Brilliant Peaks $4.40, eighth). Two of the victories were for Dale Capuano, who leads the trainer standings with six wins. Two others were for Ben Feliciano, Jr.

(Chart, Equibase)