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Eastview Dexter upsets at Northside Downs in North Sydney

Eastview Dexter and Mark Pezzarello (No. 3) rally in the stretch to nip Johnnie Jack and Greg Sparling (No. 4) in the Saturday afternoon feature race at Northside Downs on Sept. 5. CONTRIBUTED/TANYA ROMEO
Eastview Dexter and Mark Pezzarello (No. 3) rally in the stretch to nip Johnnie Jack and Greg Sparling (No. 4) in the Saturday afternoon feature race at Northside Downs on Sept. 5. CONTRIBUTED/TANYA ROMEO
NORTH SYDNEY, N.S. —

Eastview Dexter won for the second week in a row, in upset fashion, defeating a field of six in one minute, 58.40 seconds as part of a nine-race card held Saturday, Sept. 5.

Driver Mark Pezzarello had Eastview Dexter on the lead into the first turn before yielding top spot to Johnnie Jack and Greg Sparling before the opening quarter. 

Johnnie Jack would maintain the lead, fending off challenges from Runaway Mystery and Intended Royalty heading into the final turn, but Eastview Dexter would rally late in the stretch to prevail by a half-length at the finish. 

Johnnie Jack finished second with betting favourite Intended Royalty third. It was one of two wins on the day for Pezzarello, who also drove Skycrew to a two-length victory in 2:00.20 for owner Richie O'Donnell. 

Greg Sparling and Gerard Kennedy also had a pair of driving wins. Sparling's came aboard Rocky Western in 2:00.30 and Pat's Pride in 2:00.40. Kennedy guided Saulsbrook Jewel to a maiden mark of 2:02.40, and also won with Sunny Beach in 2:02.00. 

Other winners on the afternoon included Brother John for Randy Getto in 1:59.40, Wardens Escape for Italo Camilli in 2:02.20, and Bet on Art for Ardon Mofford in 2:03.00. 

Racing action continues at Northside Downs on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

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