Top sprinter Mind Your Biscuits being tested beyond a mile before retirement
Preview: USA, Saturday (10.46pm BST)
Saratoga | Whitney Stakes | Grade 1 | 1m1f | Dirt | 3yo+
The career of Mind Your Biscuits (Chad Summers/Joel Rosario) might be entering the final furlong but connections are hopeful he can break new ground with a first victory beyond a mile in the Whitney Stakes.
Successful in the last two runnings of the 6f Golden Shaheen at Meydan on World Cup night, Mind Your Biscuits was narrowly denied in the Runhappy at Belmont over a mile, and Summers is keen to see if the top sprinter can reinvent himself.
"I think the timing of the race gives us plenty of time where if the experiment does not go as planned, it gives us time to get back to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile or the Sprint," Summers told the BloodHorse.
"Looking around, I think this [handicap] division is wide open and two turns is something I always thought he would be better at doing.
"It's the way he finishes up his races and his gallops in the mornings, his intelligence and his ability to take the turns. One of his biggest advantages is the way he takes that turn and kind of rockets off that, and now he has two opportunities to do that."
Once his racing career is over, Mind Your Biscuits will be shipped to Japan to begin his new life as a stallion at Shadai Farm.
Reflecting on the five-year-old's achievements, Summers added: "We're at the point when you know you're on the back nine of his racing career; it's what milestones can we hit with him to make sure that legacy stays entrenched.
"Right now he's the leading New York-bred of all time. Let's keep going, because the New York-bred programme gets better and better."
Diversify (Richard Violette/Irad Ortiz) goes into the race seeking a hat-trick, his most recent victory coming in the Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont.
The five-year-old likes to force the issue from the front, and Violette said: "We have a few options. He can be tactical, and if someone wants to get silly out there we can certainly follow that lead.
"We'll be aggressive. The break is always important, whether it's a mile and a half or five-eighths, it's critical there. He has the ability, a very high cruising speed and can keep going. A lot of times we just throw the gauntlet down."
Also on Saturday
Saratoga (10.10pm BST)
Longines Test Stakes | Grade 1 | 7f | Dirt | 3yo fillies
The unbeaten Minit To Stardom (Albert Stall/Corey Lanerie) faces her biggest task as she steps from allowance company to Grade 1 level.
She has yet to be tested, although Stall is aware of the challenge she faces. He said: "This will be a monster class/acid test for her.
"She's done everything in a jog. And you say, 'Well, that's against Louisiana-breds,' but that race in Kentucky [last time out] was not a bad field and she did it like a hammer. She was the winner about a sixteenth of a mile out of the gate if you put a freeze frame on her.
"She's got genuine speed, which is a good thing, and that race is what emboldened us to move forward."
Her main dangers could be Separationofpowers (Chad Brown/Jose Ortiz) and Mia Mischief (Steve Asmussen/Ricardo Santana).
Saratoga (11.22pm BST)
Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes | Grade 3 | 1m4f | Turf | 3yo+
Michael Bell adds an international flavour to this Grade 3 race, with the Newmarket trainer sending over Queen Of Connaught.
The filly has finished fifth on her two previous attempts in Pattern company and will be partnered by Javier Castellano on her first run in America.
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