04/25/2015 9:56PM

Yonkers: Domethatagain upsets in Levy Final

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Mike Lizzi
Domethatagain rode the pocket to victory in the lucrative Levy Final.

Domethatagain, driven masterfully by Dan Dube, stalked defending champion P H Supercam and rolled by in the passing lane to score a 7-1 upset in the $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy series at Yonkers on Saturday night.

It was a wide-open affair on paper with P H Supercam, unbeaten in preliminary action, drawing post eight and appearing to be up against it but driver Jason Bartlett wasted no time at the start setting sail from the outside and getting the front well before the quarter. The opening fraction of :27 2/5 didn’t seem that taxing but the race was hardly over.

Beach Memories and Yannick Gingras pulled early on the second turn and flushed David Miller behind Lucan Hanover. Miller went on the offensive and locked horns with P H Supercam. Those two battled ferociously through a :55 3/5 half and 1:23 three quarter clocking.

P H Supercam was game into the stretch with Beach Memories fanning out and 6-5 favorite Take It Back Terry launching a bid from third over.

Dube used the passing lane to his advantage and the six-year-old by super sire Bettors Delight dug in gamely to score in 1:51 1/5 with Take It Back Terry finishing strongly for second and Beach Memories third. P H Supercam gave way in fourth with Mach It So earning the final check.

“The best case for him was going to leave and give up the lead to the best horse,” said Rene Allard, the winning trainer who recalled Domethatagain’s 1:48 upset of Captaintreacherous in last year’s Franklin eliminations at Pocono won in the same fashion.

“He usually doesn’t leave that fast,” said Dube about rival P H Supercam’s early speed in the race. “I followed him it was perfect.”

Domethatagain is owned by Allard Racing Inc., Robert Hamather and Bruce Soulsby. The victory was his 20th lifetime with the 1:51 1/5 mile just a fifth off the Levy stakes mark.

The rail worked great for another offspring of Bettor’s Delight in the $261,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker final. That was the case for Venus Delight, sent off as the second choice in the field, who pushed out sharply for Jason Bartlett and stung the veteran Yagonnakissmeornot through a wicked :27 flat opening quarter. From there the race was in Brian Sears’ hands as he controlled the pace going to the half with Yagonnakissmeornot in a rated :56 1/5 before encountering only mild pressure from his entrymate Carolsideal.

Bartlett had no choice but to remain pocketed through a 1:24 4/5 three quarters with the two favorites in a duel. In the stretch, however, he was able to find the spot in the passing lane and outsprinted Yagonnakissmeornot to the wire in 1:52 4/5.

“Last week I threw her on the front because I wanted to see what she was like on the front because she hadn’t been there in so long,” said Bartlett. “But her best quarter is her last quarter.”

Indeed it was for Venus Delight, trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. for his dad’s Bamond Racing LLC. The victory, the 20th of her career, was her third in five tries in 2015. Yagonnakissmeornot finished second with Carolsideal third.

Venus Delight returned $5.80 to win.

The $100,000 Levy consolation was won in an upset by Sapphire City with Mark MacDonald working out the pocket trip and scoring at odds of 13-1 in 1:52 2/5. The victory pushed the career earnings of Sapphire City over the $1 million mark for trainer Paul Blumenfeld.

For The Ladies N posted the upset wearing down Anndrovette in the $75,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker consolation in a 1:53 1/5 mile. Brian Sears guided the import overland and the six-year-old was solid to the wire.

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