The year will be remembered for many things, from Justify’s odds-defying run through the Triple Crown, Monomoy Girl’s definitive campaign and Accelerate’s door-slamming dominance at the classic distance.
New York-breds again made their mark in 2018, too, highlighted by Mind Your Biscuits’ successful defense in Dubai and Diversify’s back-to-back triumphs in two of the most prestigious races on the East Coast. Mind Your Biscuits won in Dubai in late March and returned to the U.S. a short while later, taking some time off at Fair Hill Training Center before resuming his campaign that included a runner-up to Diversify in the Grade 1 Whitney.
Joe Clancy’s story “Fair Hill Training Center has ‘Biscuits’ ” detailed the multiple New York-bred champion’s stay in Maryland and checks in as the fifth most read piece of the year here at thisishorseracing.com.
“Sprint star Mind Your Biscuits checked into the Fair Hill Training Center early Thursday morning, fresh off winning the Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan March 31,” Joe wrote. “The 5-year-old spent a week in Dubai, then flew to Chicago and vanned to Maryland where he will spend a few weeks at the Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center. Mind Your Biscuts and fellow sprint star X Y Jet (second in the Shaheen) are in a 16-stall round barn just a few steps from the facility’s main barn. One of the training center’s 17 barns, the therapy center includes a hyperbaric chamber and other services for equine athletes. The therapy center has hosted Orb, Paynter and plenty of others over the years. “Biscuits” and “Jet” fit right into the scene in the round barn, built recently to handle overflow during the therapy center’s busiest times.
“There are bright, airy stalls, a breeze, plenty of company and a 100-acre view overlooking some turnout paddocks, a field, woods and a key section of the Orange Trail which last weekend hosted hundreds of mountain bikers for a 100K ride and on any given day can be traversed by all manner of users (human and animal).”
The story ran April 12 and is No. 5 on the TIHR Top 10 for 2018.
Check out the rest of the TIHR Top 10 for 2018:
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No. 7: Newspapers, tragedy, life
No. 6: Far From Ordinary