Benoit, who died last month at age 93, is considered the pioneer of the bilingual race call, which he showcased at Richelieu Racetrack and Blue Bonnets. His successor at Blue Bonnets, Jean Desautels, maintained the tradition.
Benoit, a native of Ottawa, started his professional life as an announcer on both English and French radio stations but became a race caller at age 30. He later held executive positions at Blue Bonnets, including director of communications and public relations director.
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(A Trot Insider Exclusive by Paul Delean)