Multiple Grade I winner Mind Your Biscuits logged his final breeze on Friday prior to the Sept. 29, $200,000 Lukas Classic (Grade III) with a five-furlong move in 1:02 at Churchill Downs.
With jockey Tyler Gaffalione aboard, Mind Your Biscuits worked at 5:45 a.m. through splits of :13.40, :25.80 and :38 prior to galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.40 and seven furlongs in 1:29.40, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.
“He did everything easy,” Summers said. “He's kind of like an NFL quarterback who is lazy in practice but once it's game time he steps up and shows his real stuff. I typically have to work him solo because no one else will work with us. The times that I worked him in company he'd just put the mate away easily then goof off. We're in a good spot with the race next weekend and then we'll stay put until the Breeders' Cup.”
Gaffalione has the call on the 5-year-old son of Posse in the Lukas Classic, according to Summers.
Summers has opted to stable Mind Your Biscuits for at least two months at Churchill Downs as the classy sprinter preps for the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 3.
“My goal all along was to win a Breeders' Cup,” Summers said. “We've gotten close in the past in the Sprint but with all of the other partners involved in the ownership, it's a lot of pressure to pick the spots. The Classic and Dirt Mile are also possibilities.”
Mind Your Biscuits is the richest New York-bred in history with $4,159,286. Owned in a seven-way partnership between Summers, Shadai Farm, J Stables, Head of Plains Partners, Scott Summers, Daniel Summers and Michael Kisber, the chestnut colt has a record of 23-7-10-3.
Among the likely challengers to Mind Your Biscuits in the Lukas Classic is DARRS Inc.'s Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) runner-up and last year's Lukas Classic winner Honorable Duty. The colt breezed five furlongs Friday in 1:00.60 with trainerBrendan Walsh aboard.
Al Shaqab Racing's 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (GI) runner-up Toast of New York also is an expected Lukas Classic entrant. The 7-year-old son of Thewayyouare is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning from England where he will be quarantined for 42 hours. The four-time winner could be cleared for training on Tuesday, according to Director of the Stable Area Steve Hargrave.
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