It isn't a part of the C.K.G. Billings annual amateur driving series, which has been in existence since the early 1980's but the Billings Trot at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, March 17th was, however, a race for longtime Billings members and sort of a prelude to the actual harness racing competitions that usually start in late April or early May.
But at the former” Afternoon Delight”—a moniker no longer used by Freehold Raceway--- amateurs anxious, perhaps spurred on by the wonderful weather we’ve had this winter, just can’t wait until the actual seven month series gets underway.
So, led by Billings president Tony “the Capo” Verruso and abet ted by the folks at Freehold, a Billings Trot, carded as race three on St. Patrick’s Day saw David “Steady As” Yarock wire the field with Rompaway Alvin and score a 1:59.2 triumph in the process. The margin of victory for the 7-year-oldgelding was three-lengths..
Second place went Ace Hill Hall in rein to “Roundhouse Rob” Krivelin and president Verruso took home the show dough with Sam’s Honeybee.
Rompaway Alvin, owned by Yarock, paid $6.20 for win.
“There’s a good chance we may have more Billings preliminaries this spring before the actual competitions get underway,” Verruso noted. “With this warm weather many of the guys are champing on the bit and looking to get back in the sulky.”