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Remmen's have Wake Up Peter ready for series

08:06 AM 07 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Wake Up Peter purchased by Ray Remmen for Brad Grant

Wake up Peter was purchased for $210,000 by Ray Remmen at the recently completed 2014 Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale. The purchase was made for renowned owner Brad Grant of Ontario. 

Although winless in 19 races, Wake Up Peter earned $307,091 in 2013.  Wake Up Peter earned more money than any winless three-year-old pacer in the history of harness racing   By having only 3 lifetime wins, Wake Up Peter has set himself up to be of the favorites in the early stake series at the Meadowlands, including the Clyde Hirt Series and the Whata Baron.

"We have trained him down a couple of times slow in 2:10.  He acted real good.  He is everything that Tony Alagna said he would be.  We are not racing him until February 15th at the Meadowlands.  This is the keep him eligible for the Whata Baron Series,"  Remmen said.

"We were looking at Emeritus Maximus first in the sale, but we didn't get him,” Ray Remmen explained. “Brad Grant is the guy who bought the ticket.  We have about eight horses in our barn with Brad, among them is Word Power. This was the second best horse in the sale.  We were looking for a hard hitting race horse.  All of his races last year were good although he was just a notch below the real good ones.”

The Clyde Hirt Series begins at the Meadowlands on March 15th and March 22nd.   The first two legs go for $20,000.  The final on March 22nd is for $75,000.  A new series at the Meadowlands is the Whata Baron for non-winners of 4 pm or $100,000 lifetime. The Whata Baron begins on April 5th and April12th.  The first two legs go for $22,500. The final on April 19th is for $75,000. Wake Up Peter will be one of the favorites in both series.

"He was eligible for the Clyde Hirt when we bought him,” Remmen said.  “He will have a race before the Clyde Hirt at the Meadowlands, probably in non-winners of 4.  We will race in the Clyde Hirt and then go right into the Whata Baron.  In these two series we should be the pre-race favorite.  Hopefully we can get some of our money back before he has to go against some of the best older horses. 

“After that we will race him at Harrah's, Pocono, and the Meadowlands,” Remmen said.  “We are not going to put him in against the Sweet Lou's at first.  We will put him in some of the bigger races later in the season.  Brad Grant owns both Word Power and Apprentice Hanover.  Both of those horses are probably better than Wake Up Peter.  Who knows, we might be surprised.

"We have Word Power and a yearling who is the full brother to Word Power in our barn now,” Remmen added, “Hopefully Word Power will be able to make a step upward this year.  Lush Art is a full brother to Word Power.  We are very high on him.  We think he will turn out to be a stakes horse. Other than that we have a bunch of nice race horses.”

Brad Grant has several horses in the Remmen barn.  Among them is Wake up Peter, Word Power, and Lush Art.  Lush Art was purchased at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $100,000.  The Art Major-Lush Limbaugh colt is a half brother to Yankee Lauriat (1:50.4 - $421,560) and full brother to Word Power (149.4 - $378,584). Word Power finished his three-year-old season with seven wins in 18 starts.

"We thought Wake Up Peter was one of the two best horses in the sale,” Brad Grant said. “I raced him against him the last two years with Apprentice Hanover and Word Power.  He might not be good enough to go with Sweet Lou, Foiled Again, and Captaintreacherous.  If he does real well in those first series we could recapture some of our money.  I am sure Ray will have him ready to go.  I might be able to say at the end of next year that I got the best horse out of the sale.  As a four-year-old going against some of those aged horses you got to be pretty darn good.  We don't think he is there yet.  We look to race him a lot this year.  After this year we will look to take some of the bearcats on.  We will talk with Ray later this week to see if we want to put him into some of the late season stakes.

“The plan with Word Power is to start him against the best aged horses, Grant added.  “He desires a shot at them. It is going to be tough.  He can pace along and come home.  He races very well from behind.  A four-year-old racing against the top aged horses, unless you’re Captaintreacherous, you got to have a little luck.  He will race in the Invitational's at Harrah's, Pocono, Meadowlands, and Yonkers.  The sixty four dollar question is will we race him in the Levy.  We will talk about that later this week.  I am putting Apprentice Hanover in the Levy.  We are leaning toward putting him in the Levy.

"Lush Art is a full brother to Word Power,” Grant said. “He is a little bit bigger colt.  Larry and Ray really like him.  He is keen to train and get out there. I would like him to fill out a little bit more.  I think he has a lot of upside. It is a crap shoot, but he has the breeding to be a good one." Grant explained.

If everything goes according to plans Ray and Larry Remmen and owner Brad Grant could have a very exciting season in 2014, especially when it comes to their older pacers.

By Brian McEvoy for

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