Day At The Track

Fred Bourgault takes Billings at Grand River

04:32 AM 20 Jun 2018 NZST
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Majestic Mystic and amateur driver Fred Bourgault capture Billings leg
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Here were the drivers competing in the CKG Billings Amateur Trot including one up and coming member.
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MONTICELLO, NY- The CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series is truly an international competition aided by the fact that on Monday, June 18 some of the Canadian members convened in Ontario, Canada at Grand River Raceway to compete in a trotting contest on the betting card and despite finishing with broken equipment Majestic Mystic was hustled home a five-length winner for "Fabulous Freddie" Bourgault. For the Quebec native it was his first winning drive in Ontario.

Sent off as second choice in the eight-horse field Bourgault was content to find a spot in fourth position along the pylons when the wings of the gate folded. But when the pace of the race slowed as the field headed to the halfway point Bougault was out and going and when they passed the third stanza Majestic Mystic had command, albeit by just a head, over the pacesetter Happy Holidays, driven by "Gentle Ben" Hollingsworth).

When the field straightened for paydirt Majestic Mystic began to ease away from his competition and finish some five lengths in front of Overcomebyvictory,("Sir Issac" Waxman) in a time of 2:00.4. Third under the wire was Extrapolate in rein to Shane "The Freelton Flash" Arsenault.

The winner, a 9-year-old Majestic Son gelding, is owned by Mary Ketros and trained by George Ketros.

Sent off at odds of over 3-1 Majestic Mystic paid $9.10 for win.

by John Manzi, for the Billings Amateur Driving Series

 

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