09/04/2012 1:59PM

Arlington Park notes: Marketing Mix heads west for Rodeo Drive Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Marketing Mix will make her next start in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes on Sept. 29 at Santa Anita

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Twice Marketing Mix has raced in Grade 1 competition, and twice she has run well without winning. Last fall at Keeneland, it was a fine runner-up finish behind the Irish invader Together in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, and last month at Arlington it was a head loss to the English shipper I’m A Dreamer in the Beverly D. Clearly, Marketing Mix is good enough to put a win at the highest level on her résumé , and her connections have now sent her west in an effort to accomplish that goal.

Marketing Mix, who has been based at Arlington much of this summer, was recently flown to Southern California and is scheduled to make her next start in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive (formerly the Yellow Ribbon) on Sept. 29 at Santa Anita, trainer Tom Proctor said.

“They had a plane coming through there, and I put her on it,” said Proctor, who has been running a successful West Coast string this summer.

It may be telling that Marketing Mix’s two Grade 1 losses were handed to her by foreign horses. A winner in six of her nine grass races – four of them graded – Marketing Mix has emerged as one of the top North American female grass runners. The Southern California older-female turf division has lacked a standout this year, and, depending on which other horses ship in for the Rodeo Drive, Marketing Mix could find herself in a cozy spot later this month.

“She’s been in real good shape coming out of the Beverly D.,” Proctor said. “She ran a great race and just got outrun that day.”

Proctor didn’t want to talk about what might lie beyond the Rodeo Drive, namely the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

“One race at a time is the way I take things,” Proctor said.

But, of course, the Breeders’ Cup is at Santa Anita this fall as will be Marketing Mix.

Kapitale heading to Woodbine

Another Beverly D. runner, fourth-place finisher Kapitale, remains stabled at Arlington and is pointed the opposite direction from Marketing Mix, with a van trip to Woodbine scheduled for this Friday.

Kapitale, German-bred, -owned, and -trained, will start Sept. 16 in the Canadian Stakes, trainer Andreas Wohler said Tuesday from his home base in Gutersloh, Germany.

“After the Canadian, if she runs well, she will stay for the [Oct. 14] E.P. Taylor,” Wohler said.

Kapitale already would have shipped to Canada had not quarantine procedures delayed her departure. Instead, she has been in steady training at Arlington, posting a pair of three-furlong works on Polytrack, the most recent of which came Tuesday, when Kapitale was timed in 35.40 seconds. The 4-year-old filly is being overseen by Lifa Kruellmann, a Wohler travelling lad (lass, in this case), and has settled nicely into a racetrack life much different from her day-to-day existence at a quiet training center at home.

“At first, she was a bit worried,” Wohler said. “On the track, the horses were coming at her from every direction. But now she has adapted quite well.”

Kapitale hadn’t raced in 10 months before the Beverly D., and she rallied from ninth-place midway through the race to finish fourth, beaten only 2 1/2 lengths.

“She was a bit rusty and she finished quite well, and hopefully she’ll improve from that run,” Wohler said.

Juveniles in Saturday spotlight

The only 2-year-old races of national significance at Arlington, the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity and the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie, will be contested Saturday and drawn Wednesday.

The Lassie, Arlington racing officials think, could attract as many as 13 entrants, though the race will not include anything close to a standout. Favoritism might fall to Gold Edge, who won a $50,000 maiden claimer at Churchill in her career debut before capturing the local Lassie prep, the $67,000 Lisa M Stakes. Others expected for the Lassie are Sweet Redemption, who won the $150,000 Ontario Debutante at Woodbine in her career debut; Quiet Success, second in the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill and the Prairie Gold Lassie at Prairie Meadows; Flying Rapunzel, a sharp Arlington maiden winner trained by Wayne Catalano; and Parx Racing-based maiden winner Amethyst.

The Futurity figures to have a shorter field, with a prospective field of eight or nine headed by Muppet Man. Muppet Man won his debut at Arlington by almost four lengths and captured the local Futurity prep, the Meadowlake, by almost five lengths. Good-looking Arlington maiden winners Pataky Kid and Mylute also are expected to run,

◗ Cisco Torres has surged back to a seven-win lead over James Graham in the Arlington jockey standings. Torres, seeking his first Arlington riding title, had 78 wins to Graham’s 71 through racing Monday.

In the trainer standings, Wayne Catalano has opened an insurmountable 20-win lead, 51-31, over second-place Mike Stidham.