Mind Your Biscuits put his final serious track work to bed on Tuesday morning in advance of Saturday’s race, the $ 2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, a 1200m (about six furlong) contest on the dirt. The 4-year-old son of Posse, the likely favorite in the race, came out at 5 a.m. amid rain showers and blew out 400m (about a quarter mile) down the dirt course’s home stretch with trainer Chad Summers looking on from the grandstand. The Grade 1 winner then galloped out strongly around the bend.
“That’s why we bring our team out with us these days,” Summers said. “You want everything to go perfectly and it did. He blew out with (400m) in (22.20 seconds) to the wire. He galloped out in (37.40 seconds for 600m) and 52 (seconds for 800m). Everything was perfect. We put some air in his lungs and now we know he likes the track. Now we just wait for the draw tomorrow and keep our fingers crossed.”
Mind Your Biscuits will be ridden by Joel Rosario on Saturday.
After a small amount of fluid was detected in Imperial Hint’s right lung during an ultrasound examination on Monday afternoon, he was withdrawn from the Golden Shaheen as he had to be treated with medication for what was apparently a minor infection.
Trainer Luis Carvajal Jr was greatly disappointed by the development but is glad that the 4-year-old is expected to recover quickly.
“This was like a one in two million chance for me to be here this year, so I don’t know when my next chance will be. It would be a miracle to come again,” said Carvajal. “I’m really sad not to be able to participate.”
Imperial Hint arrived in Dubai with a slight fever, which is not unusual in horses being transported over long distances.
“This can happen to any horse,” Carvajal said, adding that treatment became important when the fluid was detected in order to avoid the danger of pneumonia developing in the lungs.
“We’ve got to be very careful about this. It seems that he will have enough time to recuperate and go back home on March 29 with the rest of the (American-based) horses. It’s very good that the horse will be fine. Everything will be alright but it will be bittersweet to be here and watch the races.
“This was a wonderful opportunity to come here to Dubai and be a part of this beautiful festival, and I wish it would have been a different scenario.”
Stallwalkin’ Dude, also pointing to the Golden Shaheen, galloped 1200m (about six furlongs) on the dirt course Tuesday at 7 a.m. In attendance was assistant trainer Howard Jacobson, son of head trainer and co-owner David, who will be supervising the dark bay gelding’s conditioning through the race.
“He galloped well today and yesterday,” Jacobson said. “He’s a great horse with a lot of class and heart and we’re happy to be here with him.
“We’re sticking to the routine and are going to let him run his race,” he continued. “We’re going to breeze him on Thursday or we might even do that tomorrow. His training hasn’t really changed since the day we got here.
“He’s a closer, so hopefully there will be pace,” Jacobson said. “With Imperial Hint out, St Joe Bay has to be the pace in there. We hope someone goes out with him.”
Stallwalkin’ Dude is a 7-year-old son of City Place, who will be ridden in the Golden Shaheen by Florent Geroux.
The Jacobson yard has sent only one other runner to Dubai in the past. In 2015, Salutos Amigos (USA) ran eighth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen, while also co-owned by his conditioner.
“My father’s experience before definitely helped,” Jacobson said. “Knowing which horse to send is obviously key and knowing the track and the routine out here is very important. It was a good experience for my father last time and he wanted me to experience it here this time. Everything is world class here. It’s amazing.”
Finally, St. Joe Bay, the Peter Miller trainee from Southern California, will be ridden in the Golden Shaheen by Norberto Arroyo, Jr. He is a 5-year-old son of Saint Anddan, who has won his last three races in a row.
Post positions for the Golden Shaheen will be drawn on Wednesday.
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