By Mike Paradise
Some horses are putting together successful careers on the race track and doing so without the attention they deserve. One such pacer is the Wilfong family homebred Boogie On Down.
Only five outings into her six-year-old season, Boogie On Down has deposited over $180,000 on career card, mostly the hard-way, only once winning an event with a five-digit reward for her Indiana owners Lynn and Barbara Wilfong (Kentland) and Brett and Candice Wilfong (Pendleton).
“She may not always be the best mare on the track but she always tries hard, makes money, and wins her share of races,’ said her driver (Kyle Wilfong).
Boogie On Down was victorious in the Springfield championship as a three and four-year-old. She won a couple of Hawthorne Opens last year and also proved best in the most recent distaff Open raced this season at Hawthorne.
“Every season she’s been up and down the conditioned ladder and when she gets a good trip in the Opens or the favorites make mistakes, she’s right there,” said Kyle.
“Boogie On Down has been first, second or third in 51 per cent of her lifetime races and that is something very hard to do,” added the younger Wilfong. “That’s especially tough when you consider the type of horses year in and year out that she faces.”
In the mare’s 95 lifetime trips postward the ICF pacer has chalked up 17 wins, to go along with 16 seconds and 16 thirds
The Skydancer Hanover mare brought in a modest $18,127 in her freshman campaign and then followed with $64,542 in earnings as a three-year-old, another $42,000-plus at four and additional over $41,000 more last year when she took her mark of 1:51.4 at Springfield. Boogie On Down already is a three-time winner at the current Hawthorne meet, adding another $13,720 to her money winning total.
“Not many people are aware that Boogie On Down’s grandmother Before Sunrise is a former (1996) Breeders Crown champion,” said her trainer Brett Wilfong.
Boogie On Down’s mother Be A Good Girl is by Four Starzzz Shark (1:47.4, $2.5 million. Skydancer Hanover is by Western Hanover (1:50.4, $2.5 million).
Skydancer Hanover has been a terrific stallion for the Wilfong’s. Some of his productive sons and daughters of Skydancer Hanover include Colorful Sky (1:49.3), Crankin’ It Up (1:50.4), Lovethewayoulook (1:51.1), It’s Time For Fun (1:51.3), C B Eye (1:51.4) and Lovedancinwithyou (1:52.3).
Boogie On Down paid an even $37 when she won the filly and mare Open on. That generous mutuel shouldn’t be a much of a surprise since the ICF mare doesn’t get a lot of respect from the betting public.
The mare is 3-for-5 in 2020, and she wasn’t the betting favorite in any of those starts. In fact, last year Boogie On Down made 15 trips to the gate at Hawthorne and went off as the people’s choice just once, a fourth place finish last May 1st.
Boogie On Down was the even-money choice in her Springfield championship last summer. On the other hand she didn’t get much play in any of her eight races at Hoosier Park, usually going off as a longshot.