‘Everything Up In The Air’ After Questionable Work From Mind Your Biscuits

by | 08.11.2017 | 4:38pm
Mind Your Biscuits (Posse) and Joel Rosario win the Belmont Sprint Championship (Gr II) at Belmont Park 7/8/17. Trainer: Chad Summers. Owner: J Stables LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Summers, Summers, Kisber et al.

On paper, multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits' five-furlong breeze in 1:00.45 under regular rider Joel Rosario was one of the best over Saratoga's main track Friday morning, ranking third-fastest of 18 horses.

Mind Your Biscuits, in company with Rock Nation, went in splits of :24 1/5 and :37 1/5, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 2/5, according to NYRA clockers.

Trainer Chad Summers, however, was left wanting more from the multi-millionaire son of Posse he co-owns with his father and brother along with J Stables, Head of Plains Partners and Michael Kisber.

“It was OK. I don't think it was the best work we've ever seen from him,” Summers said. “It was the work that I thought, unfortunately, that we were going to get. He's going to end up with [close to] a bullet work, and I'm disappointed.”

Mind Your Biscuits won the Grade 2 Amsterdam last summer at Saratoga and the Grade 1 Malibu as a 3-year-old. This year, he gave Summers his first win as a trainer in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen March 25 at Meydan Racecourse and followed up with a victory in the Grade 2 Belmont Sprint Championship July 8 at Belmont Park.

Summers felt Mind Your Biscuits has been affected by road traffic and music from local establishments near his stall and was not thriving as much as he would like. Friday was the chestnut colt's third local work following half-mile breezes in 50.55 seconds July 28 and 49.09 August 3.

The Grade 1, $600,000 Forego at Saratoga and the Grade 2, $200,000 Pat O'Brien at Del Mar, both run at seven furlongs August 26, and both “Win and You're In” qualifiers for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, are among the next-race options for Mind Your Biscuits.

“It throws everything up in the air. At this point now we're just going to sit here, sleep with him tonight and figure it out. The Forego is a possibility. The Pat O'Brien goes back on the radar. There's a plane that leaves Sunday to go to California. Skipping both races entirely and waiting for something else is also a possibility,” Summers said. “He had shown all the signs that this was going to happen today, and it happened.

“He came home the last quarter in 23 [seconds]. To anybody else, they'd probably say it was a good work … but knowing the horse the way we know him, I'm not happy,” he added. “To beat the caliber of field [in the Forego] with Drefong and Tommy Macho and those horses, you've got to bring your ‘A' game and he didn't bring it today. I'm not going to commit to anything at this point. We'll just kind of see what happens. I'd say we're 50-50 at best.”

  • Ida Lee

    So The Biscuit is not doing as well as he should….doesn’t like his environment…..I mean it could be anything….TBs are such Divas…..when you’re a Champion and bring in the big money, the world revolves around you ….give the Pretty Boy all the time he needs ….

    • Michael Castellano

      I’m from Long Island and drive by the Stable areas all the time. Some are right off of Hempstead Turnpike, a busy and noisy road. There may not be a problem directly with the horse, if you re-read his statements they seem to mostly be his complaints, not the horse’s. I’m sure many trainers have to put up with this. He doesn’t want to be one of them, and has leverage with a big named horse.

      • Ida Lee

        I hope you’re not defending Biscuit on account of my statement Michael….I’m having fun with the whole situation …. it’s not a put down of Biscuit or TBs in general … I love the TBs when they go into Diva mode and act all uppity and don’t want to do anything they’re asked ….Bu as to Biscuit, Summers is doing the right thing by Biscuit …. if something doesn’t look right to the Trainer, it’s up to him to decide what the best course of action is for his Trainee…BTW …being raised in NYC, I spent a lot of hours in Long Island….mainly on the Long Island Thruway …..LOL

        • Michael Castellano

          I just think it sounds like a story constructed to put pressure on the track to give him better stable quarters. Nothing wrong with that. Some of the stable are within spitting distance of the street. Biscuit also has a right to better accommodations, and cable too if he wants to listen to TVG. Though I suspect he likes classical music.

          • Mary (M.R.) Perdue

            I heard his favorite song was “Rubber Biscuit” by the Blues Brothers

          • Michael Castellano

            LOL! I don’t think Beethoven ever wrote a composition on biscuits.

          • Mary (M.R.) Perdue

            He was going to call it “Moonlight Biscotti” but changed his mind

          • Michael Castellano

            Sounds like a new HBO series.

          • Ida Lee

            Well if it’s Classical he likes, I hope it’s “Ode to Joy” and not “Time to Say Goodbye”….Love The Biscuit …..

          • Michael Castellano

            That’s everybody’s favorite Beethoven work. Mine too.

        • Michael Castellano

          BTW, it the Long Island EXPRESSWAY! I guess you’ve been gone for awhile. I stay of it wherever possible.

  • Mindy

    so impressed that he’s taking the environment around his stall into consideration! if a horse doesn’t do well at a particular track, it may not be the surface or configuration, or the company, folks, it could be something on the backside that’s not to their liking!

    …now, wonder if he can ask to transfer him to another barn or stall? will TPTB, seeing a star possibly ship out of town, find another place for him to bed down?

    • Jbumi

      I was also wondering if he could transfer to another area of the barns/stalls that might be more suited to his temperament.

      Hope it all works out for him. 🤞🏽

    • McGov

      The cynic in me always second guesses the official explanation of “disappointing” results. But others also describe a loud environment in some areas of the Saratoga stabling areas…..perhaps a noise barrier would help.

  • Michael Castellano

    I never believe a word trainer says. Misdirection is part of their DNA. He could be telling the truth about the horse, or there could be something else behind his statements.

  • Genellen

    Isn’t he stabled at Saratoga? I can’t imagine any barn areas there being that noisy. It’s not like Long Island! Confusing…

    • FlyingDutchman

      He is, but where he’s located is at/near the end of a row, and an all-night country bar playing live music every night is across the street. In case you didn’t know, Biscuits is an early 2000s hip-hop lover. Country music is probably driving him insane.

  • Duke

    Are we sure this guy knows what he is doing?

    • vinceNYC

      I’m sure you know much more than a grade 1 winning trainer……much more

    • J. Nasium

      I agree…how many Gr 1 winning trainers couldn’t train a dog to poop?

  • Richard C

    If Mind Your Biscuits is on that flight to the West Coast — the champ will be singing: “Made up my mind to make a new start / Going To California with an aching in my heart.…”

  • disqus_VDMOBiuPfw

    What about ear plugs?

    I would hate to see him go the left coast at 1/3 purse. Ugh.

  • Gate To Wire

    Saratoga uses several barns across Nelson Ave on the Grounds of Saratoga Harness.

    The area where Chad is stabled is very close to the Horseshoe Inn Bar and Grill and Mexican Connection.
    That area is quite loud and would explain is commets

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