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Undefeated Sandbetweenurtoes wins Mistletoe Shalee

01:27 PM 13 Jul 2014 NZST
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Sandbetweenurtoes just holds on in a photo finish

Rocklamation shocks at 12-1 in Golden Girls Final

While she raced just once as a two-year-old, Sandbetweenurtoes is making up for lost time as she was too tough for her nine rivals in posting a 1:49.3 triumph to win the $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee Pace for three-year-old fillies.

Driven by Brett Miller, Sandbetweenurtoes came after early race leader Gallie Bythe Beach (John Campbell) by the opening quarter mile in :26.2. Sandbetweenurtoes seems comfortable on the lead as they went to the half mile in :54.3, but that was when the action started to heat up.

Uffizi Hanover and David Miller started up first-over and that flushed Table Talk with Tim Tetrick to the outside as they started to come after Sandbetweenurtoes at the three-quarters in 1:22.1. Then at the top of the stretch it was Act Now and Brian Sears sweeping wide to challenge the leaders.

As they came down the stretch, Brett Miller asked Sandbetweenurtoes for more and she dug in hard to win by a neck. Weeper (Corey Callahan) closed well to be second with Table Talk third.

“This filly has been so awesome,” Brett Miller said. “She was doing it very easy. If I had to go to the whip she would have gave more but there was no need to. My strategy was to go straight down the road. For a filly that never really raced at two she is something else. The Remmen’s have done some kind of job with her and Tony Alagna had her in good shape before that. She feels like an old professional.”

“She is by far one of the best I have had,” said winning trainer Ray Remmen. “She has lot of heart. She came to us ready made. We have a very game owner that stepped up and paid good money for her but he got his moneys worth.”

Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, Sandbetweenurtoes is owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario and is unbeaten in six starts this year. She paid $5.40 to win.


Rocklamation shocks at 12-1 in Golden Girls Final

Driver Yannick Gingras scored an early driving triple when he gave Rocklamation, who had but one win in nine starts this year, a surprise upset at odds of 12-1 in capturing the $178,450 Golden Girls Pace for older mares.

As Aunt Caroline (Ron Pierce) and then Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) and then Somwherovrarainbow (Brian Sears) battle for early control of the lead to the quarter in a quick :25.4 and then to the half in :53.4, Somwheroverarainbow was in command but there was no rest for the weary on the lead.

Stable mate Shebestingin (David Miller) came first-over and she gave Gingras and Rocklamation the outside cover they would need later in the race. Past the three-quarters in a blazing 1:21.1, the field then turned for home and that is when Gingras was able to urge Rocklamation on and she responded by winning by one length in a lifetime best 1:48.3. Drop The Ball (Corey Callahan) closed well to be second with Jerseylicious (Brett Miller) third.

“We left hard but a few others left harder,” Gingras said. “I was lucky enough to land in fifth place and my mare is a hard knocker and she is getting some age on her but she is a sweetheart. I thought I had a chance turning for home as I was right on David Miller’s helmet.”

Trained by Ron Burke, Rocklamation is a six-year-old mare by Rocknroll Hanover and is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, Stable 45 and J & T Silva. She paid $26.80 to win.


By Steve Wolf, for

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