Sandbetweenurtoes has had a short harness racing career winning all four of her starts at age 2 and 3. Her most impressive win was in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action last week at the Meadows. Her convincing victory was the fastest of three divisions in 1:51.2 over a sloppy track. Does this make her a contender for top three-year-old filly honors this year?
Up in Canada, Uffizi Hanover won a hard fought victory in the Fan Hanover in 1:50.4 at Mohawk Raceway. Earlier in the year, Uffizi Hanover finished up the track racing against Pennsylvania Sire Stakes horses on May 3rd. She also lost to several Pennsylvania Sires Stakes caliber horses in the Ladyship at Pocono Downs on May 20th. Her form has greatly improved over her last two starts in the Fan Hanover.
The three-year-filly division seems to be wide open. We have yet to see a stand out filly as we had last year with I Luv The Nitelife. Could Sandbetweenurtoes be that horse?
Sandbetweenurtoes was purchased by Brad Grant and placed in the Remmen Stable after an impressive maiden victory in 1:50.4 at the Meadowlands on May 9th. After that race,Tony Alagna had told Larry Remmen that the horse was for sale.The rest is history as Larry got in touch with Brad Grant and a purchase deal was worked out. Why Tony sold the horse is a unanswered question. We may never know the what the purchase price was.
"The Remmen's were racing another horse against Sandbetweenurtoes on May 9th," said Grant. "After the race Larry found out she was for sale. He called me and it kind of went from there. Larry went over and checked her out. She was coming from a good barn. It started on Saturday and the sale was done byMonday.
"She seems to be getting better with each race," stated Grant. "Ray and Larry have done a great job with her. I wish she was staked out a little more with what she is showing now. She wasn't showing that a year ago. I think she is competitive with the top fillies. She won't embarrass herself. I think she is as good as any of them."
"She looks like she is the real thing," said Larry Remmen. "She showed she could go with a better grade of fillies. We are trying to get a race in her before she goes in the Mistletoe Shallee, July 5th.
"She seems to be over her problems from last year," said Larry. "She can get a little excited before the start of a race. She put in a couple of steps the first time we raced her. She just wants to go so fast. She has calmed down quite a bit since.
"We don't know how good she is till someone goes with her," stated Larry. "I am glad she wasn't overly staked early in the year. We are taking small steps and it will benefit her. I think she can hold her own with the best ones. We haven't had a filly like this in a long time."
Bret Miller has driven Sandbetweenurtoes in all three starts since coming into the Remmen barn. He was aboard her in two easy victories in non-winners of two and three. He shared his thoughts about her after her impressive win last week in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes.
"She is a well put together strong filly," said Miller. "She won very easily the other day. Up and until the other night she was racing in overnights. You don't know how good they are until you get in with the stakes fillies. She really impressed me.
"She seems like a old pro despite having only four starts," said Miller. "When sitting behind her she acts like she has been racing for years. The Remmen's have done a great job of getting her ready. She's been totally professional and very relaxed.
"She did it on her own and I was just a passenger," stated Miller. "She been racing every race on the front end. I am anxious to get a race where she gets a trip and let some other horse do the work. I have been racing her on the front to keep her out of any trouble. She is the kind of horse I can do anything with.
"If Sandbetweenurtoes was in the Fan Hanover she could have competed with any of those fillies," said Miller. "I think she could be the top three-year-old filly this year."
The next big test for Sandbetweenurtoes will be in the Mistletoe Shalle Eliminations at the Meadowlands on July 5th. She will likely face off against Uffizi Hanover and all the other top three-year-old fillies in North America. We will find out that night if she belongs at the top of the class for the division.
by Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com