Mind Your Biscuits Gearing Up For Defense Of Dubai Golden Shaheen Title

Mind Your Biscuits developed quite the UAE fan base while here last March. The appropriately named chestnut buttered up the press all Dubai World Cup week, impressing many with a mid-week blowout and affable connections prior to dominating his Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) foes and stamping himself as one of the top dirt sprinters on the planet.

While the remainder of 2017 was nothing to scoff at, it was not nearly as glamorous as the first half of the season for the Chad Summers-trained and co-owned son of Posse. An impressive winner of the Belmont Sprint Championship (G2) in New York in his American resurfacing, he then was a disappointing sixth in Drefong’s Forego (G1) at Saratoga. He closed out the year with a late-closing third to Roy H in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Del Mar and a distant second to rival and fellow Dubai alum Sharp Azteca (third as favorite in 2017 Godolphin Mile) in Aqueduct’s Cigar Mile Handicap (G1).

After a light freshening, the New York-bred 5-year-old returned to serious work with a three-furlong (600m) drill in 38 seconds on Jan. 12 at Palm Meadows in South Florida. A return trip to Dubai is in the cards for the six-time winner from 19 starts, which may offer the defending champ a redemption opportunity against Roy H.

“He’s doing super,” Summers said. “We’re looking at one of three (options for a prep race). The General George (G3) or Pelican Stakes, both on February 17 at Laurel (Park) and Tampa (Bay Downs), respectively, or the Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) on March 3. He’s still on schedule.”

Mind Your Biscuits used a runner-up effort in the Gulfstream Park Sprint last year as a springboard to Dubai glory.

“The best part of Dubai is the love of the people in the UAE for the horses, from the grooms assigned to us to the (fans),” Summers continued. “Also, the chance to showcase in an international event that attracts some of the best horses from around the world.”

Summers confirmed that Irad Ortiz Jr., who was aboard in the Cigar Mile, will have the mount on Mind Your Biscuits in both the prep and Dubai Golden Shaheen, in lieu of Joel Rosario.

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