As track photographer Dean Gillette said, it was Kyle “Winfong” night at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Thursday, May 11. Wilfong started off with a $78 winner and topped that off with a $118 winner followed by a win in the second leg of the Go On BB Series with the undefeated Polks Image. It was a winning night for the third generation driver who is among the top five this season at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Wilfong kicked off his evening by winning the early double, guiding the three-year-old Guccio gelding Got the Good to a win in the first race in 1:57.1. Saving ground early, he rallied home in :28.3 for the win by three-quarters of a length for the win, paying $78.60 in the process. The gelding is owned and bred by Lynn Wilfong and trained by Kyle’s father, Brett. It was his first career win in his third career start after not racing at two.
Wilfong returned to the winner’s circle in the very next race, this time behind sophomore pacing filly Plan to Tell. The duo traveled in mid pack before notching a big final quarter in :25.3 to score the win by a half length in 1:51.1 for trainer Jay Hochstetler. Plan to Tell paid $20.80 for the win. The Tellitlikeitis filly is owned by Connie Hochstetler, Mary Buddig and Janet Schwartz.
Wilfong’s biggest surprise of the night came in the third race with Vel What a Dream. The Night Pro sophomore got away tenth from the outside post and followed traffic on the outside to the final turn. In the stretch, she took off, passing up seven opponents in the stretch to win by a neck in 1:58.1. The filly paid $118.20. Trained by Larry King, Vel What a Dream is owned by King Racing Stable and Charlie K Racing Inc. It was her first start of 2023 and her first career win after four tries at two.
Wilfong was back in the winner’s circle with one of the most impressive sophomore fillies this season, Polks Image. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the Rockin Image filly has been nothing less than spectacular all season for Pollack Racing and Cullipher. After two qualifiers, she won her first race of the season for Tyler Smith and then has been paired with Wilfong for five straight victories now. She moved to the lead after the quarter and led the field to the wire, fending off a late challenge by Sweet Tell and Ricky Macomber Jr. for the win by a nose in 1:52.2. The win was the second leg of the $11,000 Go on BB Series.
Polks Image, bred by Dave Mast of Mast Standardbreds, joined the Cullipher Stable last year after starting off with Curtis Rice. She competed in Indiana Sires Stakes action but could never capture a win. Coming back this year as a three-year-old has been a different story. She has been strong in all of her performances this season and now has more than $84,000 on her card.
Her career best was taken back in April in 1:51.0.