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Mr. Bev Kingston, 76, dies

03:16 PM 24 Jan 2021 NZDT
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Pompano Beach, FL...January 23, 2021...Longtime harness racing horseman Mr. Bev KIngston, 76, passed away on January 18 after a short illness.

"Mr. Bev," as he was affectionately called, was a native of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada and campaigned at several tracks throughout North America from Mohawk in the north to Pompano Park in the south.

His career spanned a half century and, though he never had a very large stable, he was known throughout the industry as a very competent horseman and gentleman.

Most recently, Kingston campaigned his small stable at Pompano Park during the winter months and Tioga Downs in the summer.

Among his more recent successes were Mach Lee, Keystone Christa and Abrethoffreshart.

In an interview as he approached his 75th birthday, Kingston reflected on his career saying, "All of my horses are my children. Sure, I have had success with Keystone Christa and Mach Lee, but I gave the same attention and love and caring to $3,000 claimers like Roger Rambo. I get the same, wonderful feeling when any of them get to the winner's circle."

Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey fondly remembered Kingston by saying, "Mr. Bev was a gentleman both on and off the racetrack. He was a very knowledgable horseman that left no stone unturned when it came to a horse's care. We have lost a great one with the passing of Mr. Bev.

Lee Cullen, a patron of Kingston's over many years, reflected "I am heart-broken over his passing. In all the years in which I had horses with him, we never had one single unpleasant moment--not a single one!

"He was just a wonderful a trainer and as a person...and this leaves a void in my heart."

Mr. Bev is survived by his former wife, Doreen, daughter Raeann, son Bane (Traci), grandchildren Landon, Alaina, Vanessa, Brenna and Mercedes, and one great-grandson, Isaiah.

Information on the service for Mr. Kingston is pending.


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