New York’s richest son Mind Your Biscuits retired to stud

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Dubai Racing Club 2017

By Sarah Mace

Multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits has been retired, trainer Chad Summers announced Wednesday, October 14. The 5-year-old chestnut son of former New York sire Posse sits atop the all-time New York-bred earnings roster, having bankrolled $4,279,566. He was twice voted New York-bred Horse of the Year (2016 and 2017) and, as announced last May, will stand at Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm in Abira on the island of Hokkaido in Japan.

The final race for “Biscuits,” as he is affectionately known to many fans, was the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he finished eleventh. Summers, who co-campaigned Mind Your Biscuits with Shadai Farm, J Stables LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, M. Scott Summers, Daniel Summers and Michael E. Kisber, had been considering a final start for his charge in either the Grade 1 Cigar Mile or the Grade 1 Clark. By midweek, Summers felt that Mind Your Biscuits was not rebounding quickly enough from his Breeders’ Cup effort to be competitive.

“To run in those kind of races, you have to be doing well,” Summers told the Blood-Horse. “Last year when we came out of the Breeders’ Cup, he came out of it well, and we were able to progress forward. This time, he was jogging OK, and today was supposed to be his first gallop, just a routine gallop into a breeze tomorrow, and he just didn’t show the same energy we’re used to seeing from him.

“Just knowing him the way we know him, he doesn’t owe us anything. For me, selfishly, I’d love to kind of make up for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. I hate that to be his last race. But I’m not going to push him into a race if he’s not 100%.”

Bred by Jumping Jack Racing LLC and foaled at Sue and Gary Lundy’s Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains, Mind Your Biscuits is one of four winners from four foals to start out of the late Jazzmane, an unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Toccet and a half-sister to Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Kimchi (Langfuhr).

“Biscuits” was originally purchased as a short yearling by Machmer Hall at the 2014 Keeneland January sale for $47,000. When he RNA’d for $47,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, Summers and Susan Montanye purchased the colt privately as a pinhooking prospect. A buyback once again at the OBS Spring 2-year-old sale for $47,000, Summers bought out the colt and, over time, lined up J Stables LLC, Head of Plains Partners and Michael E. Kisber to complete Mind Your Biscuits’ first ownership group. Shadai Farm bought into the horse in May.

It took Mind Your Biscuits five tries to break his maiden, which he did as a sophomore at Aqueduct on April 9, 2016 for trainer Robert Falcone. Next, after placing in the Mike Lee Stakes for state-breds and winning through his first-level allowance condition at the state-bred level at Belmont in early July, Mind Your Biscuits completed his hat trick of the NYRA circuit with a rail-skimming victory in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes. Fifteen of his sixteen subsequent starts came in graded competition.

Mind Your Biscuits finished second that fall in the Grade 3 Gallant Bob stakes at Parx, and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in Santa Anita, the first of three career trips to the championship races. Next out he nailed down his first of three Grade 1 victories in the Malibu Stakes at the same venue.

In 12 races for Summers, who took out his trainer’s license early in 2017, Mind Your Biscuits went from strength to strength, winning four more graded stakes and placing in five more. At five he successfully stretched out in distance, winning the Grade 3 Lukas Classic at nine furlongs.

Topping the list of Mind Your Biscuits achievements were his international performances at Meydan Racecourse, where he won back-to-back editions of the Grade 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen (2017 and 2018). On the second occasion, his finish nearly defied belief. Last, and out of the sight of the camera for most of the stretch, he closed like a rocket ship down the middle of the course to strike the front in the very last jumps, defeating X Y Jet and champion Roy H. The final time was a course record. [VIDEO]

Memorable placings for “Biscuits” are topped by his second in this year’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, where he completed a New York-bred exacta in the Saratoga classic behind Diversify. In all from 25 starts, Mind Your Biscuits won eight races, was second 10 times and third three times.

Mind Your Biscuits has meant the world to Summers and his family. The conditioner tweeted Wednesday, “MIND YOUR BISCUITS has taken family, partners & team on a ride around the world. He retires sound and happy. We look forward to seeing his babies run for years to come and know he will be in great hands in Shadai Farm. Thank[s] for everything champ #richestnybredever [heart emoji].”


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