(Mind Your Biscuits)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America searching for the top performers in the mornings and those Thoroughbreds that may be peaking at just the right time for a prime outing in the afternoon. Some of the horses that we track, you will know and recognize. Others, though, you may not know — yet. Here is a closer look at today’s morning glories:

  1. Mind Your Biscuits, who ran third to Roy H and Imperial Hint in a strange and weirdly run Breeders’ Cup Sprint Championship over 7 furlongs at Del Mar, was back on the training track this morning for conditioner Chad Summers. The son of Posse breezed 5Fs in a brisk time of 1:00.19, which was the bullet work out of 9 to go that distance this morning. This deep closer — who has been off the board in only one start this year and has impressive victories in both Dubai and the G2 Belmont Sprint — will be pointed to a major Stakes event here shortly.  Keep an eye out. He looks primed to go, again.
  2. Fault, a 3YO Blame filly who has been entered to run in the G2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs on Friday, had a short, blow-out session this morning underneath the Twin Spires. She went 3Fs for trainer Michelle Lovell in a deliberate :39 just to knock off some energy. She comes into this fray off a 4th place finish to Lovely Bernadette in the G3 Pin Oak Valley View, which was contested at 11/16 miles over the grass. Before that, though, this one ran a huge third in the G2 Sands Point at Belmont Park and won the G3 Pucker Up at Arlington Park. This summer, she had three races here at Churchill and she lodged a win and two seconds. Will be up against it in this spot, but has solid credentials.
  3. Farrell, who was one of the favorites for this year’s Kentucky Oaks before running a disappointing 14th in that one, finally knocked off the rust with a nice win at Churchill Downs in the G2 Chilukki Stakes here on Nov. 4.  Now, she may be pointed to her first grass encounter for trainer Wayne Catalano. She breezed a half mile over the Churchill Downs dirt surface this morning in a time of :49.80 in a pure maintenance effort.  That was 12th best out of 26 to go.
  4. McCormick, a talented relative of McCraken who ran a game second to Hence in the Iowa Derby back in July before two disappointing 7th place finishes in the West Virginia Derby and to Untrapped in the Oklahoma Derby, worked for trainer Ian Wilkes this morning in style.  He went a half mile in a brisk :47.20 over the Churchill Downs main surface, which was the bullet work out of 26.  This was the first work for the son of Hard Spun in nearly a month.  He may be awhile before he shows up in the afternoon, but he has talent.
  5. Mubtaahij — the Irish-bred colt who won the G1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita in his first start for new trainer Bob Baffert, only to follow that performance up with a dull 8th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar — worked this morning at Santa Anita. He breezed a half-mile in :49.80, which was the 14th best time out of 20 to clock in at that distance. It will be interesting to see where Baffert will slot this one next, but he is fresh enough to try racing again soon.
Baffert Santa Anita

Bob Baffert with his son, Bode. Photo credit: Santa Anita