04/22/2017 10:59PM

Yonkers: Keystone Velocity upsets in rich George Morton Levy Series final

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Mike Lizzi
Keystone Velocity in the winners' circle following his triumph in the Levy Series final

Keystone Velocity and driver Dan Dube made their presence felt early and late to capture the $529,000 George Morton Levy Series final at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night. The 9-year-old son of Western Hanover scored in a photo over Somewhere In L A, with favored Missile J settling for third.

McWicked left alertly from the pole position, with Keystone Velocity leaving from post four and forcing the action through the first turn. Somewhere In L A and driver Jason Bartlett were three-deep during the opening turn but relented into a four-hole behind Blood Brother (Brian Sears). That put Dube and Keystone Velocity in position to get the top in 26 1/5 opening quarter. The winner allowed McWicked to regain on the second turn and sat comfortably in the pocket.

McWicked hit the half in 54 4/45 and was joined by Blood Brother, one-half of the non-coupled Rich Banca-trained pair in the final. Blood Brother applied the pressure and Somewhere In L A followed second-over, with Missile J third-over and Bit Of A Legend N, last year's Levy champion, following the flow.

With three-quarters clocked in 1:22 3/5, the front-end had been softened up as the outer tier started to edge in. Bartlett sent Somewhere In L A wide on the final turn, and his advance was followed wider by the favorite and five-deep by Bit Of A Legend N. For a brief period it appeared as if Somewhere In L A would hold off the closers and secure the victory, but Dube was able to find clearance in the passing lane and rallied the 11-1 shot to victory in a 1:51 2/5 mile. Somewhere In L A settled for second, with Missile J next, followed by Bit Of A Legend N and Soto.

"I was just hoping Matt (Kakaley driving McWicked) could get me to the lane," said Dube after the race. "Jason's horse (Somewhere In L A) got the jump on me, but my horse dug in."

Keystone Velocity competes for trainer-owner Rene Allard, along with co-owners Kapildeo Singh, Earl Hill and VIP Internet.

Clear Vision won the $100,000 Levy consolation with Brett Miller in the bike, coming first-over and mowing down 9-5 favorite Mach It So in a 1:51 3/5 mile. The 11-year-old was sent off as the 3-1 second choice for trainer John Kokinos. Mach It So finished second, with Caviart Luca third.