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Wilfong Braves Conditions for Big Weekend

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700

JimMiller@ClubHawthorne.com

 

Wilfong Braves Conditions for Big Hawthorne Weekend

 

STICKNEY, IL – Mother Nature has not been kind to those participating in the winter harness meet at Hawthorne as every racing card has been contested in below freezing temperatures.  This weekend she seemed to kick things up another notch as 40+ MPH winds were a part of the Friday night card while Saturday faced wind chills approaching zero.  While the conditions were very tough on all involved, they haven’t seemed to stop driver Kyle Wilfong as he has had an excellent past two nights.

 

A blustery Friday card kicked off as Wilfong guided Mckee Creek (1:56.4) to a neck score as the favorite in the opener for trainer Nick Prather.  Wilfong rounded out the early double as favored Velocity Gator (1:55.4) won by daylight in the second for trainer Steve Searle.  In the third race, Wilfong won for his third different trainer, this time for Jim Eaton as favored Bet Mine (1:55.3) held on to win by a neck.  Wilfong wasn’t driving the favorite in the fourth race, instead it was third longest choice Carlos Mittanna (1:55.0) who rallied late for the win for trainer Hector Herrera.

 

Taking down the early pick four was a feat for Wilfong as he finished third in race five, driving Rollinwitdaponyzzz for trainer John Filomeno.  Filomeno wasn’t to be left out of the Wilfong winner’s circle celebrations though as the two were back there in race six as He’zzz A Wise Sky (1:52.4) took the night’s open pace.  That win with the fifth open victory of the meet in as many starts for the talented Filomeno homebred. After Rock Jagger finished fifth for Wilfong in the seventh, Perseus Seelster battled to a solid second-place performance for Wilfong’s fiancée, trainer Nicole Agosti, in race eight.  In the final event of the night, Wilfong won for his sixth different trainer on the card, as Ponda’s Prospect (1:56.3) scored for trainer Dennis Brightwell.

 

Wilfong was able to keep the hot hand going on Saturday, and maybe build some funds for the honeymoon, as he took a pair of the night’s biggest pots for horses trained by his fiancée.  In the Winter Wonderland Series Final, Wilfong guided home 6-1 shot Feeling Like a Ten (1:54.3) for Agosti to take the $22,000 co-featured event of the evening.  Two races later the duo found themselves getting their picture taken once again, this time with It’s Time For Fun (1:53.3), who scored in the open pace.

 

The eight victories between Friday and Saturday night vaulted Wilfong to the top of the Hawthorne driver standings with 34 wins on the meet.  He is two ahead of Mike Oosting and six in front of Casey Leonard with one month to go in the winter meet.

 

Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, races year-round in 2022. The winter harness season began Friday, January 7 and races through Sunday, March 20. Spring thoroughbreds kick off Saturday, April 2 and conclude Saturday, June 25. The summer harness season begins on Thursday, June 30 and races through Sunday, September 11. Fall thoroughbreds return Friday, September 23 and race though Saturday, December 31. For any information about Hawthorne Race Course visit our website www.HawthorneRaceCourse.com.

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