NORTH SYDNEY — Barefoot Contessa took advantage of some fast first half fractions to win in 1:57.1 for the fastest mile of an eight-dash card of harness racing Thursday at Northside Downs.Gerry Snow drove the seven-year-old Western Terror mare to her third win on the season from 18 starts, winning over Mr High Roller Cam and Beechwood Tiger. Barefoot Contessa is owned by Kansas Snow.
Gerard Kennedy was top driver on the program, registering a pair of victories. Electric Prince won in 1:59.2 for Kennedy's first win, holding off Fex Education and early leader Tymal Torrance to pick up his fourth win on the season. The 10-year-old gelding is owned and trained by Heather Hawkins.
Jackson County led all the way for Kennedy's second win, this one in 1:58.2. Jackson County racked up his seventh win on the season from 19 starts, with Pictonian Fancypas finishing second, and Gimme Some Money rounding out the top three. Jackson County is also owned and trained by Heather Hawkins.
Pictonians Cyrus opened the card by pacing to a new mark of 1:59.2. The three-year-old Western Paradise gelding, owned by Charlie Aucoin and Allan Sheppard, won by five lengths over Shake Up and Island Reactor. Greg Bailey drove the winner to his first victory in 2013 from six starts.
Libbybeans also established a pacing record in her win, stopping the timer in 2:01.2 for Adam Lynk. The four-year-old mare picked up her second win on the season, defeating Gottobeareason and Springtown Prelude. Adam Lynk shares ownership of Libbybeans with Colby Lynk. Giselle's Big B won for the fourth time in 2013, pacing to a 1:58 decision for Warren MacKinnon. The 10-year-old gelding, owned by Peter MacKinnon, won by a length over George Down and Can't Be Caught.
Other winners on the card included Handee Man for Italo Camilli, who co-owns with Angelo Camilli, in 2:01.1, and Marching Band, who closed out the card winning in 1:59 for Randy Getto. Marching Band held off the pocket-sitting R Es Sobrina and Reunion Account for his second win on the season for owner Brian Snow.