03/13/2014 10:56AM

Meadowlands: Wake Up Peter hopes to continue perfect 2014 for trainer Remmen

Derick Giwner
Wake Up Peter has earned over $621k in his career.

After paying $210,000 for Wake Up Peter at the Meadowlands mixed sale in January, one would have expected trainer Ray Remmen to have lofty goals for owner Brad Grant’s purchase. A bit less than two months later, Remmen is anxious to see what the four-year-old can do in the first leg of the Clyde Hirt Series at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.

“We didn’t make him eligible to the major races,” said Remmen. “We actually kept him out of races so he could remain eligible to the Whata Baron series.” That would be the next late closer following the Hirt at the Meadowlands.

Thus far Wake Up Peter has won both his starts for Remmen since the purchase. On February 22 he captured a non-winners-of-four event in a blistering 1:50 flat at the Meadowlands. In his last start on March 4, he defeated a non-winners-of-six group at Yonkers.

“We were just looking to give him an easy race,” said Remmen of the appearance at Yonkers. He conceded that Wake Up Peter was purchased with a design to race him at the Meadowlands and later at Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia.

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After a winless three-year-old season racing against the most talented three-year-olds in North America, Wake Up Peter, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, is now unbeaten in three starts and looking ahead.

On Saturday he drew post nine in the 11th race and third $20,000 Hirt division. “Everything looks good with him,” said Remmen of Wake Up Peter, “Except the post.”

With $621,571 earned lifetime, Wake Up Peter has taken home purses totaling more than his eight rivals combined in Saturday’s event, but that by no means makes him a mortal lock. River Run For Ryan posted a 1:50 2/5 mile last week at the Meadowlands for trainer Heidi Rohr and starts from post four with Tim Tetrick in the bike.

Remmen will also be sending out one of two new horses that joined his stable recently from owner Seth Rosenfeld. The first to race was Macharoundtheclock, a winner of a Petticoat division at Yonkers this past Monday. The second will be I’m Banksy, an Art Major-sired four-year-old gelding that starts from post five in the second Hirt division (race 3) on Saturday.

“Seth told me he was sending two of the best horses he’s sent me in the last 20 years,” said Remmen, looking back to the days of the champion pacer Beach Towel.

“I just got him the other day,” said Remmen of I’m Banksy, “He’s been racing very well against aged horses at The Meadows. He’s going to have to step up a bit in this series but I think he’s capable of that.”

I’m Banksy is a homebred that has finished on the board in eight of 10 starts this year and has already amassed $34,074 in earnings this season, more than any of his seven rivals.

Manchester, a four-year-old that the Remmens (Ray and brother Larry) gave some time off after racing in January, has come back nicely. He goes in the eighth race, a B-2 event, and Ray anticipates a good effort. “If he gets into the race I think he’ll show a little more than he did last week,” said Remmen.

Manchester drew post four and will be in search of his second win of 2014, having come from behind to capture a C-1 event on January 4 in a career best 1:50 3/5 mile.

The Remmen stable is looking forward to the coming George Morton Levy series that commences next Saturday (March 22) at Yonkers. Giving them plenty of reason is the returning four-year-old Word Power.

“I was happy with the way he qualified both times. We gave him this week off because it’s going to be five consecutive weeks racing at Yonkers,” said Remmen. “He’s sounder now and fresher. If we can avoid some of the Burke horses, I think we’ll be all right.”

When reminded that trainer Ron Burke has 10 horses nominated to the Levy, Remmen chuckled, “We’ll only be facing two in each leg,” Remmen said.

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Unlike Wake Up Peter, Word Power has been nominated to the major aged events, with Remmen of the opinion that the horse will get his share of the purse money.

“I think if he can work out some trips he’ll be fine in the Levy,” said Remmen.

Word Power showed plenty of ability on the smaller tracks last year, capping off his sophomore season with a victory in the $176,000 Windy City Pace over the four turns at Maywood Park in November.