08/04/2013 4:16PM

Del Mar notes: Proctor has options for Marketing Mix

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Marketing Mix beat males in the Sunset Handicap on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 14. She likely will run next at either Arlington Park or Del Mar.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Marketing Mix remains on schedule for the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 17, but there is a chance she could remain in California and face males later this month.

After watching Marketing Mix work five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Sunday, trainer Tom Proctor said the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap on turf Aug. 24 or the Pacific Classic the following day are possibilities.

He said the Beverly D. Stakes on turf remains his priority, but that a wet turf course is a concern.

“I plan on sending her there, but you never know,” Proctor said of Arlington. “If they have much more rain, I don’t know.”

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Marketing Mix beat males in the Sunset Handicap on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 14. Proctor said the 5-year-old mare has taken to the synthetic surface at Del Mar in recent weeks, giving him more options.

“She worked really good on the Polytrack,” he said. “I can wait until the plane leaves before I decide.”

Rum Point eyes Del Mar Futurity

Rum Point is expected to start in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4 after winning a maiden race over 5 1/2 furlongs Saturday, trainer Doug O’Neill said.

Owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam, Rum Point, by Malibu Moon, won his second career start Saturday, fighting for the lead from the inside with Tanzanite Cat before winning by 1 1/4 lengths over Knock Em Flat. Tanzanite Cat finished third in the field of six.

Rum Point was timed in 1:04.14 and was ridden by Mario Gutierrez.

“When we drew the rail, I thought, ‘Oh dear,’ ” O’Neill said. “Mario said the pace wasn’t too wicked, and he was able to relax.”

Rum Point has started twice. He finished third in a maiden race at Hollywood on July 14, a loss that O’Neill said gave the colt valuable experience.

“I thought it was a little bit of a blessing,” O’Neill said. “We got to run against maidens” again.

Valenzuela back in saddle

Patrick Valenzuela rode Tanzanite Cat, his first mount since November.

The ever-upbeat Valenzuela, who underwent knee surgery earlier this year, was winless with six mounts on Saturday’s 10-race program, with his best finish a second on Mary Fildes in the sixth race.

“I’m back, and I’m doing what I enjoy doing,” he said Sunday. “My knee was a little sore, but it was better when I put some ice on it. I expected it to be after riding six horses. I wish I was riding something today.”

Valenzuela’s only mount Sunday – Easy Solution – was scratched from that day’s Best Pal Stakes. On Wednesday’s eight-race program, Valenzuela is booked on one mount, Warren’s Dixi Bell, in the eighth race.

Valenzuela, 50, won 9 races from 129 mounts in 2012.

• Jockey Edwin Maldonado was fined $400 by the stewards last week for failing to make his assigned weight in the first race July 31. The fine was for a third offense of the same type. Jockey Irving Orozco was fined $500 for his third offense of failing to attend mandatory film-review sessions held daily for apprentice jockeys.

Jordan More than 1 year ago
Maiden Cal-bred fillies ran faster than Rum Point on the same card. Fast 2 year olds this year in Cali have been few and far between.