Northside Downs closed out its 2022 season on Saturday (Nov. 19) afternoon and Kiss Me Im Irish won the Winners Over feature race.
Kiss Me Im Irish (Ryan Campbell) took position on the far outside of the gate in the $1,700 main event. As the car pulled away, the field shuffled into single file in post position order with Kiss Me Im Irish 7-1/2 lengths off the leading favourite A Better Man (John Gerard Kennedy). The unchanged field breezed to the quarter in :28.4 when Gentry Seelster (Mark Pezzarello) pulled first over with Runaway Mystery (Harold Leblanc) in pursuit on Pezzarello's helmet. At the :59.3 half, Kiss Me Im Irish made her move off the rail and behind Runaway Mystery. Once the third quarter pole was reached in 1:29, Kiss Me Im Irish made one more move to the outside of Runaway Mystery. In the stretch, Campbell and Kiss Me Im Irish were able to accelerate on the outside to win by a nose in 1:59.2. A Better Man finished second and Gentry Seelster finished third.
Bernard MacNeil, Joseph MacNeil, and Ian MacNeil co-own the Ian MacNeil trainee, a winner of seven starts this season. The five-year-old daughter of Big Jim-First Lady Of Art now has a record of 25-15-9 in 81 career starts and just over $40,000 in earnings.
Kiss Me Im Irish paid $14 to win.
The 2022 Northside Downs driving title was won by Ryan Campbell, who pulled ahead in the rankings after scoring two victories on the season finale card, totaling 24 wins in the season. Runner-up Ardon Mofford was second by only one win with 23 wins, one more than third place taker Mark Pezzarello with 22 wins.
Martin Bates earned the training title with his stable winning 18 races this season. Ardon Mofford was second with 15 victories while Kevin Bailey and Ian MacNeil tied for third with 13 wins each.
To view Saturday's harness racing results, click the following link: Saturday Results - Northside Downs.