Fogelsonger Wins 5 to Take Laurel Lead

(from Laurel report)
With three days remaining in the Laurel Park summer meet Ryan Fogelsonger surged to the top of the jockey standings by riding five winners on Sunday's nine-race card.

The 22-year old has 24 wins during the stand, four more than Rick Wilson and six ahead of Abel Castellano, Jr.

"It has always been a tough colony," said Fogelsonger, the third leading rider in the nation with 226 victories. "It is real tight at the top but you try not to change what you are here to do, which is riding a smart race and hopefully get the horse home first."

Fogelsonger, who has won four consecutive meets at the major Maryland tracks, will relocate to the Southern California circuit after the meet concludes on Friday.

"I want to leave on a good note," added Fogelsonger. "It would be exceptional to win a seventh consecutive title (he also won 2002 Timonium & 2003 Colonial meets) but if it doesn't happen I'll still be proud of what we accomplished."

The reigning Eclipse Award winning apprentice guided Money Buck (Race 1, $5.40), Wolf's Prospect (Race 4, $4.80), Art Fan (Race 6, $6.80), Don Gatito (Race 7, $3.80) and Sins and Riches ($12) to the winners' circle this afternoon.

It is the fourth five-win day in the young career of Fogelsonger.

Trainer King Leatherbury's pursuit to become the third trainer in history to condition 6,000 winners will continue next week as neither Bello Ragazzo (4th race) nor Gimme (9th) were able to reach the wire first at Laurel Park this afternoon. Both finished off the board with jockey Mark Johnston.

Leatherbury, who will join Dale Baird (8,818 wins) and Jack Van Berg (6,334) in the 6,000 win club, will saddle four horses in the last three days of the meet: Scottish Warrior (Wednesday, 4th race), Pud (Wednesday, 5th), Irish Baroness (Thursday, 6th), and Apache Thunder (Friday, 2nd).

(Chart, Equibase)