There must be something Mind Your Biscuits likes about Santa Anita Park’s main track. First there was the third-place finish in the TwinSpires’ Breeders Cup Sprint (gr. I) back on November 5. Then he returned to the track on December 26, winning the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I).
Mind Your Biscuits wore down Sharp Azteca to win by a half-length in a time of 1:20.81 under jockey Joel Rosario.
“It was worth the trip,” said Rosario. “Not a bad afternoon. It is always fun coming out here. I was a little concerned in the stretch. We were closer than we have ever been before (but) they were smoking up front. We got a little late kick and he took off.”
The win was the first grade I victory for trainer Robert Falcone Jr. Mind Your Biscuits’ Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) win on July 30 was the trainer’s first graded stakes score.
“This is great for him,” said Falcone. “He bounced out of the Breeders’ Cup great and he gets over the track so well. He just proved today—again—that he’s a great horse.”
Sharp Azteca set the stage early, leading after a quarter and half-mile fractions, and was in first with one furlong to go, but couldn’t hold off Mind Your Biscuits at the end.
“There was quite a bit of speed in that race,” said Sharp Azteca jockey Edgard Zayas. “I let (Jazzy Times) go for a bit on the lead but I didn’t just want to give it to him, so I had to put the pressure on a bit, but that horse finished really strong. He’s a really nice horse and my horse ran his eyeballs out. I felt he tried his hardest.”
Ten Blessings finished in third behind winner Mind Your Biscuits and runner-up Sharp Azteca. In 13 career starts, Mind Your Biscuits is 4-4-3 and has earned $675,366.