04/23/2015 12:48PM

Yonkers: Dube with dynamic Levy, Matchmaker duo

Sean Hamrock
Carolsideal has won 9 of 10 starts in 2015 and all four of her Blue Chip Matchmaker races.

Driver Dan Dube has been riding a hot hand at Yonkers this year and his fortunes could be doubly sweet on Saturday night as he teams two horses from the powerful Rene Allard stable in a pair of signature aged pacing events. Dube will be behind Carolsideal, a six-year-old daughter of Western Ideal, in the $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for the distaff set. He will guide Allard’s charge Domethatagain in the $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy series from the coveted rail position.

Everyone in the sport knows it’s always a team effort when it comes to winning races and Dube and Allard have seen their charges in the winner’s circle quite often this year. On Saturday night, both driver and trainer along with exceptional racing stock will need to make the right moves in two of the most contentious races of the year.

“She does everything right,” said Dube about Carolsideal, a mare purchased by Allard Racing, Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh early in 2015 that has been a force at Yonkers with nine wins in 10 starts. “I drove her last year for Jeff Dauplaise,” said Dube. “I told Rene (Allard) that he might want to ask if the horse is for sale. I really liked her,” said Dube.

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Clearly Dube likes Carolsideal and she races exceptionally well for him, capturing a leg in each of the first four rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker before taking last week’s leg off to prepare for the final.

Carolsideal landed post four in the middle of the field and Dube didn’t have to reveal any strategy, though he did suggest what his mare is capable of. “I think she can race either way, but she’s very good closing,” said Dube.

In Saturday’s final, race six of 12 on the card, Carolsideal will have to deal with a two-pronged attack from the Jeff Bamond Jr. stable with two-leg winner Venus Delight starting from the pole position while the veteran Krispy Apple drew post seven.

Dube has been driving both of Rene Allard’s mares in the Matchmaker but can only drive one in the final. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Yagonnakissmeornot stepped up and won,” said Dube of the veteran mare that will be coupled in the wagering with Carolsideal. Yagonnakissmeornot drew post two and will have Brian Sears in the bike looking for her 31st career win while making start number 100.

Dube and Allard hope the trip works out well for Domethatagain in the Levy final, race eight on the program. It has already been a good week in that the winner of but one leg in five gets the benefit of the draw while the probable favorites, defending champion P H Supercam (post eight) and his entrymate Mach It So (post seven), will have to figure out a way to get into the race let alone win it.

Mike Lizzi     Driver Dan Dube.

Last week Dube drove Domethatagain from the rail and couldn’t match strides with Take It Back Terry in the stretch, finishing second. The driver may not be as nice this week from the same slot. “I may have let George (Brennan, behind Take It Back Terry) go too easily,” said Dube. “I’ve got to be leading or at worst sitting second.”

Clearly the ball is in Dube’s court, but it remains to be seen if Domethatagain has the early and late speed required to take down a strong field.

P H Supercam may have the outside as he embarks on a second straight Levy crown, but he’s shown the ability to leave and finish as fast as any horse over the half-mile track. Jason Bartlett has been the perfect driver for the eight-year-old, finding ways to preserve his energy and finding room for him to fire in the stretch. Undefeated in the series with four leg victories, P H Supercam looks for another titanic effort.

Driver Yannick Gingras didn’t appear to have a horse for the final with Foiled Again failing to qualify, but he’s got the assignment behind Beach Memories, the five-year-old he won two legs with when Ron Burke was the trainer. The horse is now trained by Scott DiDomenico. Beach Memories has a wicked burst of speed and post four could be a prime spot for him to strike. 

Lucan Hanover didn’t win any legs, but made the final and David Miller will join forces with him from post two making him a contender for certain.

Take It Back Terry and Brennan have been an impressive force in this series emerging with three straight victories and two sub-1:52 miles. It’s been mostly about speed for Take It Back Terry and that may be the case again on Saturday with post five.

While the Allard stable has been incredibly consistent over the last few years, Dube’s resurgent career is something else. “I’m feeling much better,” said Dube, referring to chronic back pain that is no longer an issue.

While Dube doesn’t have to think about his back, other drivers appear to be chasing it a lot these days.