Fogelsonger Romps to Pimlico Riding Title

(from Pimlico report)
Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger captured another riding title as Pimlico's spring meeting came to an end on Sunday, finishing atop the standings for the fourth consecutive meet at the major Maryland tracks.

Dale Capuano and Michael Gill won the trainer and owner titles. Live racing shifts to Colonial Downs near Richmond for six weeks, beginning Friday afternoon. Racing returns to Maryland on July 24 for the Laurel Park summer stand.

Fogelsonger, the reigning Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, won 62 races during the 10-week stand and defeated Ramon Dominguez and Rick Wilson by 22 victories. The 22-year old won at least one race on 33 of the 38 days. He had 19 multiple-win afternoons at Old Hilltop. Fogelsonger missed 10 live days, seven while serving a riding suspension.

"It was nice to wrap up another one," said Fogelsonger, who became a journeyman rider on May 24. "We were fortunate to have a nice cushion after the Preakness, allowing me to take a vacation, relax and re-energize. Colonial is really where we started to put it together last year. Hopefully we'll have a strong meet and be able to compete for another title, this time without the bug."

Dominguez and Wilson finished the stand with identical records, winning 40-of-150 races, a 27% success rate. Mario Pino was fourth in the final standings with trips to the winners' circle.

Capuano captured his 22nd training title at Pimlico and Laurel by edging out Ferris Allen, 24-21. It marks the 8th championship in the last 11 meets at Pimlico since 1996 for the Maryland mainstay. Scott Lake and Mark Shuman tied for third with 16 wins. King Leatherbury saddled seven winners and is now 10 wins shy of becoming the third conditioner in history to win 6,000 career races.

"We gear our horses toward this meet and it has worked well," said Capuano. "We are fortunate to have the right horses in the right spots. We'll take a little break and get ready for Laurel."

Michael Gill dominated the owner standings with 37 trips to the winners' circle, including three on Sunday's 11-race card. The New Hampshire native won 26 times at Pimlico in May, with at least one victory on 18 of the 22 live racing days. All three of his Maryland-based trainers (Shuman, Robb and Gamaliel Vazquez), finished in the top 15 of the spring standings. PTK LLC was a distant second with 10 first place finishes, while Stronach Stable was third with eight wins.

The inclement weather on the East Coast wreaked havoc with the meet. Racing officials only used the turf course nine times, and 20 of the 82 races scheduled for the turf were actually run on the grass.

Final handle numbers will be released later this week.