Mind Your Biscuits was noticeably calm and collected on Monday morning in Dubai, leaving the World Cup quarantine barn at approximately 4:40 a.m. and proceeding to the Meydan dirt course with trainer Chad Summers. The chestnut Grade 1-winning son of Posse galloped 2400m (about 1 1/2 miles) and schooled in the paddock, with Summers manning the lead during the latter.
“He shipped well and is very good right now,” Summers said. “I couldn't be happier. I wish the race was tomorrow and I feel very confident. Tomorrow he will have a blowout down the lane.”
Summers recently took over the training of Mind Your Biscuits, in whom he has an ownership interest. In his first start under his new trainer, Mind Your Biscuits finished second in the G3 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes. Now, the pair have traveled to the United Arab Emirates on invitation to compete in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, a dirt sprint race held over 1200m (about six furlongs).
A consistent sort, the 4-year-old winner of four races from 14 starts has finished in the top three in 12 of his races, including an adjudged runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint on November 5.
Mind Your Biscuits (USA) earned his lone Grade 1 when annexing the Malibu Stakes over 1400m at Santa Anita two efforts back on December 26.
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Another US trainee entered in the Golden Shaheen, St. Joe Bay trotted once around the main track just after 5 a.m. in preparation for Saturday. The 5-year-old son of Saint Anddan has won his last three races in a row for trainer Peter Miller, including the G2 Palos Verdes and the G3 Midnight Lute.
Exercise rider Jesse Sauder, who was aboard, said: “He felt great. He's a very calm, collected, professional horse. He's a fun horse to ride. He's actually like a big teddy bear.”
The third US entrant in the Golden Shaheen, Imperial Hint, has his participation in jeopardy. The 4-year-old colt arrived in Dubai on March 16 with a fever.
“We have to make a decision soon, but his bloodwork has to be normal in order to run,” said trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. Imperial Hint has been walking in the quarantine barn area, but if he improves and gets a good veterinary report, he could train on the Meydan dirt track on Tuesday morning.
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