03/25/2017 10:46AM

Mind Your Biscuits clearly best in Dubai Golden Shaheen

Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club
Joel Rosario guides Mind Your Biscuits to a three-length win in the Golden Shaheen.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Trainer Chad Summers wants Mind Your Biscuits to prove he can run a route of ground at some point this year. But for all intents and purposes, he already has.

At least six paths wide into the turn and losing precious ground all the way around the bend, Mind Your Biscuits stormed to the lead with a little more than 100 meters left to run and won the Group 1, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen by three lengths, going away. The colt ran much farther than everyone else in the six-furlong Shaheen – and was much, much better than them.

“He’s just a remarkable horse,” said Summers.

And talk about remarkable: Summers’s first trip to the winner’s circle as a trainer came for a seven-figure purse in a Group 1 race halfway around the world.

“I’ve been with this horse since I helped pick him out as a yearling,” said Summers. “I love this horse.”

Mind Your Biscuits, trained at the time by Robert Falcone, turned into a different horse last summer when he began racing in blinkers, and by year’s end, he was one of North America’s best. He won the Grade 2 Amsterdam for 3-year-olds at Saratoga and in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint was closing hard on the victorious Drefong, winding up third. Mind Your Biscuits won the Grade 1 Malibu for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, and then, with Summers taking the controls, closed smoothly to just miss catching Unified in the Gulfstream Park Sprint, his prep for the Shaheen.

On Saturday night, on a muddy track, Mind Your Biscuits didn’t miss catching anyone. Mind Your Biscuits came to Dubai looking like the Shaheen’s most likely winner, but his chances appeared to take a hit at the post-position draw, with Mind Your Biscuits getting post 14. And indeed, the draw proved dreadful. Jockey Joel Rosario could do nothing more than ride along out in the middle of the track and hope for the best.

“I thought about trying to save a little bit of ground, but I couldn’t,” Rosario said.

As My Catch, tracked by St. Joe Bay and Morawij, set the pace into the turn, Mind Your Biscuits was 11th, and it was only midway around the bend that he started to move. By the time the field hit the top of the stretch though, Mind Your Biscuits had gotten in the 4 path and was revving up. He straightened away, leveled off, and swooped down on the leaders, inhaling horses with one massive run and dashing clear.

Mind Your Biscuits was timed for 1,200 meters in 1:10.98. Comicas, who came from midpack, finished second, a nose in front of Morawij and a half-length better than the American horse St. Joe Bay. The 4-year-old Mind Your Biscuits, owned by the J Stables and Head of Plains Partners, is by Posse and out of the Toccet mare Jazzmane. His record stands at 5-6-2 from 15 starts.

Mind Your Biscuits flies to Chicago on Wednesday, at which point his connections will decide, Summers said, whether to go to New York and point for the Metropolitan Handicap or send Mind Your Biscuits to Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky for a freshening. Summers said the long-term goal is the Breeders’ Cup Sprint or the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

“We’d like to prove to people he can get a route of ground,” Summers said.

And even running in a sprint race Saturday night, Mind Your Biscuits kind of already did.