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.”
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