Vince Wilfork’s horse wins a race in New Orleans on Thursday
A week that started in wonderful fashion for Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork has gotten even sweeter.
Great Minds, a four-year horse owned by Wilfork, captured the eighth race at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans on Thursday. It was the gelding’s first career win in nine tries.
In victory, Great Minds rallied in deep stretch, pulling away for a one-length triumph on a race contested on dirt. (A hat tip to John Dooley, track announcer at the Fair Grounds, for mentioning Wilfork’s horse would be running.)
The winner’s share of the purse is $22,200, raising Great Minds’ career earnings to $66,965. He had previously raced in New York, Florida and Kentucky before trying Louisiana on Thursday after a lay-off of nearly eight months.
The 33-year-old Wilfork earned his second Super Bowl ring as a member of the Patriots on Sunday. In an interview with Boston radio station WEEI on Thursday, Wilfork indicated he planned to play in 2015.