Mind Your Biscuits does it easily in the Belmont Sprint

July 12, 2017 08:46am

With a very easy and very impressive victory in the $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G2), Mind Your Biscuits reclaimed his spot as the leader of the Sprint Division. The Chad Summers trainee had been away from the races for more than three months after his win in the $2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) back in March.


The Sprint Championship, which from 2008-2013 was known as the James Marvin, is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series and thus earned the connections of Mind Your Biscuits a ‘Win and You’re In’ spot in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint along with the $192,000 winner’s share of the purse.


On paper, the field of seven had a balance of horses that liked to run on or near the lead and those that preferred to come from off the pace. The fastest of them all was the winner of the Carter Handicap, Green Gratto. When the starting gate opened, he bolted to the lead and quickly opened up a three-length lead. Unified did not keep up and settled in second position.


Stallwalkin’ Dude and Mind Your Biscuits sat in third and fourth, a bit closer to the lead than usual, to ensure that the frontrunner would not be able to continue to set an uncontested pace. The early fractions went in 22.67 and 45.64, ultimately that would turn out to be too fast for Green Gratto.


Heading into the large sweeping final turn at Belmont Park, Joel Rosario and Mind Your Biscuits began to easily make up ground on the leader. At the same time, it was clear that this was not going to Unified’s day, as he could not muster a challenge of any kind.


Coming out of the turn, Mind Your Biscuits had taken control of the race and had yet to be asked for any serious run. The six-furlong time was 1:09.90 and the New York-bred had opened up a 1 ½ length lead. Awesome Slew was not finished running and was trying to sneak up on the outside of Mind Your Biscuits. When Rosario felt them coming, he finally asked his horse to run and he quickly dispatched the challenge and cruised to a final margin of victory of 3 ½ lengths. The time for the seven furlongs was 1:21.84.


"We were going seven furlongs, so I thought maybe he should be a little bit closer,” said Rosario. “He broke very well and we settled behind some horses and then the seven horse [Unified] came a little bit over me so I just had to be there and follow. I was in the perfect spot.  He does everything on his own, easy. Everything he does is just right. He's great. He went to Dubai and won there and he comes back and wins again."

With the victory, the four-year-old son of Posse upped his career record to 16: 6-6-2 with earnings of $2,207,166. Across the board, Mind Your Biscuits paid $4.80, $3.30, and $2.10. The $2 exacta with the third choice Awesome Slew returned $29 and the $2 trifecta down to Tommy Macho yielded $116.


After the race trainer Chad Summers added, "We know how good he was training going into this. There were still some doubters who said it was a subpar Dubai. We didn't think so. We know what he's capable of and we're ready for the rest of the year.  It makes me think a mile won't be a problem for him, maybe a little bit further. He kept going and going and kicked away.”

"We'll go to the [Grade 1] Forego [August 26 at Saratoga Race Course] right now and then look at all options. But the Forego is our next goal and hopefully [win] an Eclipse Award as well.”


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Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.

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