Apprentice jockey Ryan Fogelsonger supplied an exclamation point to his first meet title yesterday by riding four winners at Timonium Race Course, including Full Brush in the featured $40,000 Taking Risk Stakes.
In his third meeting, Fogelsonger finished with 22 winners to succeed Alex Estrada as the Timonium champion. Travis Dunkelberger had one victory yesterday and ended a distant second with eight.
"A lot of apprentices disappear when they lose the bug, but this kid is here to stay," said trainer Eddie Gaudet, who saddled Full Brush. "He has great hands on a horse."
Full Brush received a dream trip in the $40,000 Taking Risks for older horses at 1 1/16 miles.
In his first stakes score, Fogelsonger had the son of Broad Brush saving ground along the rail early, while For Love And Honor and Get The Picture dueled for the lead.
On the third turn, Full Brush challenged between horses and, entering the lane, overtook Get The Picture to win going away by four lengths. The winning time was 1:45 4/5 over a fast track.
Get The Picture held on for second. Favored veteran P Day rallied for the show, pushing his lifetime earnings to nearly $500,000.
"The idea was to sit and be patient," said Fogelsonger, who grew up in Silver Spring. "When it was time to go, I moved him outside, saw a hole and took it. We shot up there and he pulled away."
Third choice in the field of five, Full Brush paid $10 straight and set up a $61.20 exacta.
"This is the first time taking a meet," said Fogelsonger, who got hooked on the sport the first time he visited Laurel Park. "Like winning a stakes, that's another amazing feeling."
The training title and its $5,000 bonus went to Dale Capuano with seven winners. Hamilton Smith was the 2001 champion.
NOTES: Despite several bad-weather days, Timonium's attendance rose about 1 percent, to 34,904 for eight programs. ... Live-card betting for the meeting declined by 5.4 percent to $1,789,673. Patrons wagered $334,342 on the last day. ... The first dead heat of the meeting occurred in the battle for second in the sixth race when Prospect Valley and Battle Tap crossed the line together behind clear winner Quick Proposal. ... Prospect Valley was rank in the post parade and threw jockey Alcibiades Cortez, who was replaced first by Cedric Lewis, then by Nick Goodwin. ... Pre-entries are due for the Maryland Million card Sept. 11, with entries closing a week later. The program includes 10 races worth $1 million in purse money, with the Maryland Million Classic the feature for $200,000 at the Preakness distance of 1 3/16 miles. Also on the card will be events for young fillies and young colts, 3-year-old fillies, older horses of either sex and the Maryland Million flat race at Shawan Downs on Sept. 28. Maryland Million day also includes a horse fair.