On Sunday, August 10 the C.K. G. Billings Amateur Driving Series was again contested on two fronts.
Mid West regional action was at the Zanesville Ohio Fair and Brent Davis, Gregg Keidel and Leslie Dunn-Zendt each reaching the winners circle.
At Rockingham Park in the Eastern Regional competition Frankie Antonacci, Bill Mulligan and Scott Woogen emerged victorious.
Leslie Dunn-Zendt was the first to score a Billings triumph, her fourth of the year and third consecutive, when guiding Softys Smarty home first some four lengths ahead of Brent Davis and Hooty And The Fish.
Ralph Brumbaugh and Olympic Hall finished third, some 10 lengths behind the winner.
But hometown favourite Brent Davis gave the crowd something to cheer about when guiding Beemers Taylor T to a wire-to-wire victory in the second Billings.
The pair kept Clayborn Patrick and Bob Troyer at bay.
John Melsheimer got Royal Sugar home third.
Davis scored his third Billings victory of the season.
The final contest at the Zanesville Fair featured the Billings heavyweights—not in pounds but in points.
When the dust settled Gregg Keidel got his trotter Defi Gabe up in the final stride to collar the pacesetter Super World and driver Bud Hatfield and score a head victory in 2.04.
A length behind the top two finishers was Roger Bartley Junior and Classy Comer.
At Rockingham Park another saga in Billings history was logged.
In the third division, the one on the betting card, unavoidably the drivers engaged on a goose kill.
“Approaching the quarter pole in the first turn there stood a gaggle of three large geese happily foraging in the first lane.
On top but not giving up the lead to Bob Krivelin I yelled at him to hold on as I could see disaster pending because we were moving faster than the geese were,” said Peter Gerry, who was driving Dreamy Freckles in the third division.
“Krivelin clipped one of the geese, my horse knocked it down and out as feathers flew up between my legs and due to circumstances beyond his control, Bill Varney finished it off.
“And not one of the horses so much as flinched must less broke stride.”
With all that action on the front end Frankie Antonacci rallied from far back with Cordial Martini and charged home a length winner in 1.59.1.
Phil Fluet and Cranmeadow Secret finished second and Star Now N with Bob Krivelin held on for third.
The 72-Year-Old Bill Mulligan, enjoying the time of his life in the Billings, notched his fifth victory of the season reining Jeff Lets Go to a come from behind triumph in 2.01.1.
Dr Bob Davison hit the board notching a second place finish with Dephi’s Delta Dawn.
Third place went to Gary Barbere with DJ Sorce.
The other non-betting event saw Dr. Scott Woogen add to his point totals when reining Baltic Boxer to a 1.59.4 length victory over Trot For Joy, driven by Tarja Vartianen.
Dave Offenberg took home the show dough with Broke Even.
Courtesy Of John Manzi, Billings Publicist