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KEYSTONE VELOCITY WINS 527G FINAL OF G-M LEVY SERIES
Favored Keystone Velocity Dan Dube, $7 successfully defended his title Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $527,000 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.
The 31st Levy, a Free-For-All event honoring the memory of the harness-racing visionary and Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway, wrapped its annual six-week sojourn on a brisk, spring evening.
At the outset, it was pole-sitting Western Fame (Mark MacDonald) seating everyone, including next-door neighbor Dr. J Hanover (Brett Miller). However, Keystone Velocity wasn't happy with that arrangement. Away third from post position No, 3, he moved to the lead right at a 26.4 opening quarter-mile.
He then rated a 29.3 next subsection (56.2 half), which would serve him well.
Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) was the first to move, taking out of fifth before the intermission. Mach it So (Dave Miller) and Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) found themselves second and third over, respectively.
It was Keystone Velocity maintained the lead in and out of a 1:23.4 three-quarters, his job made easier when Western Fame backed up in the pocket and right into the lap of Dr. J Hanover.
The lead was a length-and-a-quarter entering the lane, and Keystone Velocity wasn't seriously threatened. Somewhere in L A hung in there, Mach it So dove inside and Bit of a Legend N rallied late, though too late. The final margin for Keystone Velocity was a length in a season's best 1:52.
Bit of a Legend N (now a double millionaire) did get into second, with Somewhere in L A third. Mach it So and a compromised Dr. J Hanover settled for the remainder, while Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno), Western Fame and Rockin' Ron (Yannick Gingras) rounded out the order.
Keystone Velocity, the "old man" of the octet who needed a win in last week's final preliminary leg just to make the final, joined Foiled Again (2009-10) as back to back Levy champions.
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