Mind Your Biscuits Nails Sharp Azteca in Malibu

8th at SA , Gr. Stk, $300,000GI Malibu S. (7f)Winner: Mind Your Biscuits, c, 3 by Posse

Mind Your Biscuits | Benoit

Mind Your Biscuits (Posse), a late-closing third in the Nov. 5 GI Twinspires.com Breeders' Cup Sprint, closed relentlessly to overtake Sharp Azteca (Freud) late to win the GI Malibu S. at Santa Anita Monday by a half-length.

Given a 7-2 chance in Santa Anita's traditional holiday feature, Mind Your Biscuits stalked the pace in a closer-than-usual third through a :22.16 quarter. Sharp Azteca moved to take command midway on the turn and edged clear, but Mind Your Biscuits angled smoothly out of the pocket at the top of the lane and took dead aim on that rival. Drifting a bit at the eighth pole, he soon straightened out and reeled in Sharp Azteca in the final 70 yards.

“I was a little concerned in the stretch,” admitted winning jockey Joel Rosario. “We were closer than we have ever been before. They were smoking up front. We got a little late kick and he took off.”

Rosario scored a graded double on the holiday card, having guided Bettys Bambino (Unusual Heat) to victory in the GIII San Simeon S. two races earlier.

“It's worth the trip,” Rosario said of the double. “Not a bad afternoon. It is always fun coming out here.”

Trainer Robert Falcone, Jr., earning the first Grade I victory of his career, was thrilled with the result.

“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. He's a real nice horse. It feels great.”

Mind Your Biscuits, who began the year with a 7 1/2-length maiden win against fellow New York-breds in April, faced open company for the first time in the July 30 GII Amsterdam S. and came away with a 1 3/4-length victory. Fifth behind Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Drefong (Gio Ponti) in the Aug. 27 GI King's Bishop S., he headed west after a runner-up effort in the Sept. 24 GIII Gallant Bob S. at Parx. He had been training forwardly since his third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup, turning in a bullet four-furlong work at Belmont Nov. 17 and returning to the west coast for a best-of-62 four-furlong drill in :47 1/5 at Santa Anita Dec. 18.

Pedigree Notes:

Mind Your Biscuits is out of the unraced Jazzmane (Toccet), a half-sister to Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Kimchi (Langfuhr). The 10-year-old mare, carrying a full-sibling to Mind Your Biscuits, sold to K.O.I.D. for $11,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale. Sent to Korea, she produced a Posse filly in 2014, a colt by Officer in 2015 and a colt by Tiz Wonderful this year.

Monday, Santa Anita Park
MALIBU S.-GI, $301,380, SA, 12-26, 3yo, 7f, 1:20.81, ft.
1–&MIND YOUR BISCUITS, 121, c, 3, by Posse
Fasig-Tipton-Winner-Logo1st Dam: Jazzmane, by Toccet
2nd Dam: Alljazz, by Stop the Music
3rd Dam: Bounteous, by Master Derby
($47,000 Ylg '14 KEEJAN; $47,000 RNA Ylg '14 SARAUG;
$47,000 RNA 2yo '15 OBSAPR). O-J Stables, Head of Plains
Partners LLC, Summers, Summers, Kisber & Summers;
B-Jumping Jack Racing LLC (NY); T-Robert N. Falcone, Jr.; J-Joel
Rosario. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 13-4-4-3, $675,366. Click
for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating:
A++.2–Sharp Azteca, 121, c, 3, Freud–So Sharp, by Saint Liam.
($35,000 Ylg '14 OBSAUG; $220,000 2yo '15 OBSAPR).
O-Gelfenstein Farm; B-Cloyce C. Clark (KY); T-Jorge Navarro.
$60,000.3–Ten Blessings, 119, c, 3, Smart Strike–Indian Blessing, by
Indian Charlie.
'TDN Rising Star' O-Patti & Hal J. Earnhardt III;
B-Hal Earnhardt (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $36,000.Margins: HF, 2 1/4, 1 3/4. Odds: 3.70, 4.00, 1.60.
Also Ran: Mor Spirit, Awesome Banner, Semper Fortis, Who's Out, Horse Greedy, Jazzy Times. Scratched: Navy Hymn.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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