Ryan Fogelsonger, the blond bug boy from Silver Spring, MD, rode half of the winners on Wednesday's ten-race card at Pimlico Race Course. Fogelsonger, 21, leads all Maryland-based riders with 24 wins through nine days of this autumn stand, 14 ahead of second place Mario Pino. He has multiple victories in seven of the first nine days of the current meet.With 126 wins this year, Fogelsonger moves into a second place tie with John McKee among apprentice riders, both trailing Northern California-based Francisco Duran.Fogelsoner, who will ride eight horses in Saturday's Maryland Million, was the victor in race one (Gottodoit, $5.80), race two (Lady Zoom Zoom, $6.80), race five (Saucy Kate, $5.40), race nine (Maypole Dance, $6) and race 10 (Stormin' Down, $6.80).Fogelsonger said, "It helps when you get on some good horses, but I'm excited and happy right now." A former exercise rider for Dale Capuano, Fogelsonger began his riding career in late March at the tail end of the Laurel Park winter meet. "When I first started I was making so many mistakes because the mindset is different in the afternoons," added Fogelsonger, who won his first graded stakes last Saturday, the Safely Kept (gr. III) with Miss Lodi.
"Finally it started falling into place and I had a great meet at Colonial in the summer and it has continued at Laurel, Timonium and now Pimlico. It has been an amazing roll."