New York-bred Horse of the Year Mind Your Biscuits, winner of the Group 1 Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 31, turned in his first workout at Belmont Park since returning from a few weeks of freshening at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, and is pointing to the Grade 1, $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap, one of six Grade 1 stakes on the Belmont Stakes Day undercard on Saturday, June 9.
The son of Posse worked four furlongs in 46.98 seconds over Belmont's main track on Friday morning with jockey Joel Rosario in the irons. The sharp work, a bit faster than what trainer Chad Summers had planned was enough to confirm that the all-time leading money earning New York-bred is on top of his game.
“He wanted to do something for the last couple of days, so I figured he was going to work faster than maybe what we were looking for,” Summers said. “But he did it on his own. He was in the four path. He's probably better now than he's ever been, which is a scary thought.”
The multiple graded stakes winner, who captured his second Golden Shaheen victory in two years, remained at Meydan Racecourse for a week after his thrilling last-to-first storming stretch run which put him a head in front at the wire. The 5-year-old then flew to Chicago before vanning to Maryland.
“The extra week in Dubai made a world of difference,” said Summers. “Going over to Fair Hill, they did a great job over there. I mean he couldn't be doing any better right now. This is probably the best he's ever been.
“I was joking the other day that I may just have to enter him in the Runhappy because he's doing so good, and the way he breezed this morning, he might have won the Runhappy off of no works, but it's just one of those things,” he continued. “The Met Mile is five weeks away, we've got three more works which gives us plenty of time and it looks like the field will start taking place. We're happy to be there.”
The next start for Mind Your Biscuits will be a sentimental one for Summers, who trains for a partnership that includes the Summers family, M.E. Kisber, J Stable and Head of Plains Partners.
“The Met Mile is probably my favorite race of all time. It's just one of those things where I just absolutely love that race. To win that race it would mean a lot, to just kind of add to the legacy of what he is as a New York bred. It would be pretty cool to win that race.”
Mind Your Biscuits, who owns victories in the Grade 2 Amsterdam, Grade 1 Malibu, and Grade 2 Belmont Sprint Championship, gets billing as being a sprinter, but the starter of 21 career races can go farther if needed, said Summers.
“I don't think he gets the respect going a mile,” he said. “If all the horses show up that say they're going to show up in the race, we might be the third-choice on the morning line. I don't care, we've been a longshot our whole lives, so it doesn't make a difference.
“We'll see,” added Summers. “Met Mile is a big day; its Belmont Stakes Day. I would be shocked if there's not a Triple Crown on the line, there will be 90,000 people here. Justify might win the Triple Crown, and hopefully we'll give them something to remember too.”
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