12/11/2014 3:57PM

Meadowlands: Remmen brothers send out a quartet on Saturday

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Team Remmen trainee Wake Up Peter was a Meadowlands Select Mixed Sale purchase in January.

No trainers have been successful at the Meadowlands longer than brothers Ray and Larry Remmen. The brothers were here at the beginning and remain just as vibrant today. Heading into Saturday’s 13-race program at the Meadowlands the pair have four contenders and one of the best pacers on the grounds in Wake Up Peter. Last week’s feature winner, Wake Up Peter looks for his second straight in the 11th race $30,000 Handicap.

“There’s nothing flashy about him,” said Larry Remmen of Wake Up Peter. “He’s been a sound horse and he looks after himself pretty well.”

Indeed the four-year-old by Rocknroll Hanover, a purchase by owner Bradley Grant this past January, has pretty much done everything asked of him. At the time of the purchase, the Remmens didn’t expect the horse to be competing at the highest level and for the most part they were correct. But consistency is what has made the Remmen stable so impressive over the course of time and Wake Up Peter is the type of horse they have put on the racetrack for years. He’s a durable, resilient and sound horse that can be entered with regularity. Going into Saturday’s contest Wake Up Peter has earned $226,210 on the season, winning 13 of 33 starts and finishing second and third on another ten occasions. Last week driver Brett Miller gave Wake Up Peter a perfect drive and the horse responded with a 1:50 triumph overtaking pacesetting Speed Again on the wire by a head.

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This week Wake Up Peter lines up from post six in the field of seven with Speed Again handicapped in post seven.

It will be interesting what Brick Bazooka turns out to be in the first race of the evening. The three-year-old has captured all three of his career starts in Chicago and makes his debut for Larry Remmen on Saturday.

“We’ve had him for 10 days,” said Remmen, “He’s a big, strong horse. We’ll see, there’s a big difference racing a horse in Chicago and at the Meadowlands.”

Owner James Springer sent Brick Bazooka east with an eye on racing over the winter. “He’s sent us some horses in the past,” said Remmen. “We have him entered in some of the late closers.”

First things first as Brick Bazooka will be the opening race on Saturday’s program, a non-winners of 2 races or $20,000 lifetime conditioned event for two and three-year-old pacers.

While Brick Bazooka may not appear to have a “fashionable” pedigree, his dam Hold Your Dreams is a half-sister to the $1.4 million-winning Rair Earth.

Track Master D goes in the fourth race, a C-1 contest with a purse of $11,000. The four-year-old comes off a disappointing ninth-place finish over last week’s sloppy surface, but the trainer doesn’t believe track condition played a role.

“Brett (driver Miller) said he choked him down. We’ve made some adjustments and I think he’ll be better this week,” said Remmen. Track Master D makes his second start after missing nearly four months of racing action.

Track Master D was making only his second appearance of the year at the Meadowlands last week after racing most of his 23 starts this season at Yonkers. His other start was a victory in May in the C-2 class.

Track Master D drew post six in a field that includes his more successful half-brother Rollwithitharry  (post one), a career earner of nearly $600,000.

Blatantly Best made a break last week as the favorite and looks to rebound for the stable in race 10, a class C-1 event with a purse of $11,000.

“He’s a bit of a one-dimensional horse,” said Remmen, “If you can get him in the right spot he has one good burst.”

Blatantly Best paced home in 26 seconds to finish fourth on November 29 at the Meadowlands, but then made a break early in last week’s contest as the favorite.

Brett Miller will again steer Blatantly Best from post five as he looks to atone for last week’s misfortune.

Word Power, another of the standouts in the Remmen stable is being freshened for the 2015 season, as is the elite soph pacing filly Sandbetweenurtoes.

“She (Sandbetweenurtoes) developed an infection,” said Remmen. “We’ll give her time and she should come back strong.”

The 13-race Saturday program at the Meadowlands features a $30,000 Guaranteed Pool Pick-5 (races 1-5) as well as a $25,000 Guaranteed Early Pick-4 (races 3-6) and $50,000 Late Pick-4 (races 7-10).

Post time is 7:15 p.m.