Mind Your Biscuits Prepares for Dubai
Mind Your Biscuits has been raring to get his 2018 campaign started, and trainer Chad Summers has obliged his multiple Grade 1 stakes winner by entering him in Friday’s third race at Gulfstream Park.
The 5-year-old son of Posse is scheduled to headline a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance that his trainer hopes will serve as an important prep for a planned title defense in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) on the Dubai World Cup undercard in March.
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Mind Your Biscuits made his 2017 debut in the 6 ½-furlong Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3), in which he made an eye-catching surge to finish second, a neck behind Unified. The New York-bred sprinter went on to capture the Golden Shaheen and the Belmont Sprint (G2) in his next two starts.
“We came down here obviously with Dubai in mind and thinking about the Gulfstream Park Sprint. He just came to hand so quick on four works. He gets himself ready quick. He’s more mature this year and he’s just chomping the bit to do something,” Summers said. “I appreciate the creativity Gulfstream Park has in their condition book that allows a horse like this to run.”
Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount aboard Mind Your Biscuits, the 2-5 morning-line favorite who is slated to take on four rivals, including undefeated One Liner. The Todd Pletcher-trained 4-year-old son of Into Mischief, who is slated to make his return from a layoff of nearly a year, won all three of his starts, including a 3 ½-length triumph in the Southwest Stakes (G3), before being sidelined. Pletcher-trained Big Daddy, a Chilean import who finished fourth in his U.S. debut at Belmont in October, is also scheduled to take on Mind Your Biscuits. Berliner and Conquest Windycity round out the field.
Mind Your Biscuits concluded his 2017 campaign for Head of Plains LLC, J Stables, Summers and Kisber with a second-place finish behind Sharp Azteca in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct Dec. 2.
“Sharp Azteca, we know how good he is. We’ve watched him train for a long time. For me, in my opinion, it was the best race of his [Mind Your Biscuits’] life. It gets overshadowed by the performance of Sharp Azteca,” Summers said. “If he’s on the upward tilt like we think he is, I think he’s going to have a really, really good 5-year-old campaign.”
Prior to his second-place finish in the Cigar Mile, Mind Your Biscuits got off to a slow start in the six-furlong Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), in which he closed from last to finish third behind Roy H and Imperial Hint.
“He broke too far behind. At Del Mar with the short stretch, you can’t be that far behind,” Summers said. “We were third best, but with Roy H back in training this year, hopefully we can meet him again down the road.”