Life Is Gravy For Mind Your Biscuits

Not a bad way for a trainer to get his first winner. Chad Summers was winless in four starts since taking out his license last month, yet the 32-year-old brought his best horse to Meydan and the four-year-old Mind Your Biscuits (USA) came through by storming down the centre of the track to dominate the Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News. There were three lengths back to Comicas (USA) and it was a short head back to Morawij (GB), who stayed on gamely for third.

An outside post was supposed to hinder the chances of the American-based ‘Biscuits’ and jockey Joel Rosario was, in fact, forced to race wide around the turn – but that never factored as a clear trip and the rider’s confident handling proved appropriate for a far-superior winner.

“I think I got some ground in the turn, not much, and then for a second I thought we might not get there,” Rosario said. “I was so wide on the outside. I was thinking, ‘Is this going to work?’ But he showed that he was the best horse in the race.”

My Catch (IRE) led into the first turn through an opening 400m in 23.9 with St. Joe Bay (USA) pressing the pace. Meanwhile, Mind Your Biscuits was content to run about eight lengths behind the leaders and seven-wide the entire way. As they straightened out Rosario and his charge began to pick up steam, flooring it at the 400m mark and taking the lead with about 200m left.

Mind Your Biscuits completed the 1200m in 1:10.91.

“It’s a storybook ending,” Summers said. “It’s a remarkable horse and it was a remarkable ride. I think he is the best sprinter in the country, in the world. He proved it today.”

Mind Your Biscuits entered the Dubai Golden Shaheen highly rated based on his recent form, which includes a win in the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita Park in December and a second in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Owned by a partnership including J Stables LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC and M. Scott Summers, the chestnut colt by Posse will get a break in either New York or Kentucky before plotting an autumn campaign.