03/26/2014 12:45PM

Yonkers: Yagonnakissmeornot peaking for Blue Chip Matchmaker

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Mike Lizzi
Yagonnakissmeornot has won four of five starts since moving into the Rene Allard barn.

When you purchase a horse expectations are always high. When Blue Chip Matchmaker contender Yagonnakissmeornot was purchased for $110,000 at the Meadowlands Mixed Sale, trainer and co-owner Rene Allard hoped she could compete against the divisional elite. After her 1:52 4/5 victory in round one, the sky is now the limit.

A 5-year-old mare with over $369k in earnings, Yagonnakissmeornot has gone on a tear with four wins in five starts since entering the Allard barn following the January 20 sale. The run of success has already resulted in owners Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh earning back $63,500 of their initial investment.

“I’ve always liked the mare and went to buy her at Harrisburg towards the end of her 3-year-old season,” said Allard. “She brought more than I could spend and Teague (George, former trainer) bought her back. When she was back in the sale (January), we expected to pay about $80,000, but because I liked her so much we went a little more.

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“She is a nice, big, long mare. Teague did a great job developing her and she gets around a half with no problem.”

Although Yagonnakissmeornot avoided the divisional elite in her Blue Chip Matchmaker victory last week at Yonkers Raceway, she did win in style by over four lengths with Dan Dube in the bike. On Friday the waters get deeper for the daughter of The Panderosa-Artstopper. She starts from post one with fellow first round winners—Somwherovrarainbow and Summertime Lea—just to her right in posts two and three.

Somwherovrarainbow scored an equally impressive opening leg victory in an identical 1:52 4/5 clocking despite a tough uncovered trip and showing a somewhat rocky gait on the turns.

“This will be a good test to see if we can compete against ‘Rainbow’. She seems bumpy in the turns, but is definitely the one to beat,” said Allard about the competition.

Perhaps Yagonnakissmeornot’s best attribute is her versatility. Since entering the Allard barn, she has displayed the ability to pace a 27-second quarter at nearly any point in the mile, posting identical 27 3/5 quarter in her victory last week. But it was an Open Handicap race back on February 28 at Yonkers that keyed Allard in to the depths of her talent.

“We didn’t know what she would do from post seven while moving up in class to the Open. She flew home from the back and we knew we might have something special,” remembered Allard, who is starting to look down the road to a stakes schedule that includes the Miami Valley Distaff on May 4, the Roses R Red at Mohawk (June 14) and perhaps a trip to the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands (November 21), where the trainer is not currently welcome.

“I don’t think it will be an issue,” said Allard about racing in the Breeders Crown. Despite being banned from the Meadowlands back in May 2013, the trainer seems at peace with the current circumstances. “I loved to race there for the time I was there and was treated well, but there are probably over 100 trainers that can’t race there. It is what it is.”

In addition to Yagonnakissmeornot racing in the fifth race on the 12-race Yonkers Friday program, Allard has the classy A J Corbelli starting in the George Morton Levy Memorial series on Saturday. The 7-year-old earner of $434,684 was second in his Levy preliminary last week while facing perhaps a slightly higher class of horse than he has become accustomed to in recent years.

“He was so sharp that we decided to put him in the series,” said Allard, who admitted that the gelding’s feet were bothering him last Saturday and he thought A J Corbelli could be even better this week.

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Allard also offered up that Domethatagain, another recent addition to the barn, would be joining the Levy competition next week. “We bought him for the Levy. He had some health issues, but if we get him to 100% he has a chance,” said Allard.

A J Corbelli starts from post two in race nine against first leg winners Easy Again and Mach It So on the Saturday program at Yonkers.