07/14/2013 5:58PM

Hollywood Park: Marketing Mix beats males in Sunset Handicap

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Marketing Mix, with Gary Stevens aboard, beat males in the Sunset Handicap on Sunday, the final day of the Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Take that, gentlemen.

The 5-year-old mare Marketing Mix beat a field of males for her second consecutive stakes win in the $100,250 Sunset Handicap on Sunday, the closing day of the spring-summer meeting at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Making her first start over 1 1/2 miles on turf, Marketing Mix ($3.40) had an ideal trip to finish a length in front of defending champion Dhaamer, the 6-5 second choice.

Gary Stevens rode Marketing Mix, always keeping her near the front. Marketing Mix was third and then second through the first mile, tracking Hawk’s Eyes, who led by as many as four lengths. On the turn, Stevens guided Marketing Mix to the lead and had a two-length advantage with a quarter-mile remaining.

The Hall of Fame rider said he planned to take a patient approach, treating the first half of the race like a gallop, before asking Marketing Mix for run in the final three furlongs.

“I had it in my mind to do a two-minute lick to the three-eighths pole and set her down for a workout,” Stevens said. “That’s the scenario I had in my mind. She was very happy.”

Dhaamer, last of six early, closed to be fourth on the turn. With a wide rally, Dhaamer was second with a furlong remaining, trailing Marketing Mix by 1 1/2 lengths. Dhaamer narrowed the margin in the final sixteenth but could not catch Marketing Mix, who finished in 2:26.78.

The distance did not seem to bother Marketing Mix.

“Gary thought she would run that far, and I thought she could,” said winning trainer Tom Proctor.

Extensive, a 24-1 outsider, finished third but was 6 3/4 lengths behind Dhaamer. Hawk’s Eyes finished fourth, followed by Why Not Be Perfect and Only the Gold.

Dhaamer, who is trained by Mike Mitchell, won the Round Table Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf here May 12. In the Sunset, Dhaamer carried 121 pounds, two more than Marketing Mix.

“He ran a super race,” Mitchell said. “I’ve got no complaints. Tom’s mare is a fighter, and I knew it would be hard to get by her. They were really running at the end.”

Marketing Mix, an Ontario-bred by Medgalia d’Oro, races for Glen Hill Farm. She won the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes here May 27 in her first start of 2013. A winner of 10 of 18 starts, Marketing Mix has earned $1,869,518. Second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita last November, Marketing Mix is a candidate for the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes for fillies and mares at Arlington Park on Aug. 17.
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not impressed More than 1 year ago
Wow the Sunset used to be a G2 and carry a purse of $300k at one point! How degrading.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
At age 5, Marketing Mix might just now be peaking. What a model of professionalism and versatility, winning at tracks across North America at a variety of distances. And now she owns a graded stakes victory over males. As for Dhammer, clearly he has talent, but he is somewhat like a bully. When faced with overmatched horses he just crushes. However, when a quality stakes horse resists, he just doesn't seem to dig deep and be willing to really lay it on the line. All 3 of his North American wins have been by open lengths, while he is 0 for 3 in races decided by a length or less.
jon g More than 1 year ago
sounds like Game on Dude
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Proctor previously said he didn't want to take 2 trips to AP, (one for the Modesty, two for the Beverly D) so he would run in the Sunset then on to the Beverly D. Looks li,e he is halfway there on his plan. Great run & best of luck next month in Chicago.
Edward More than 1 year ago
Proctor knows what he is doing. Going back and forth across the country can take its toll. He is thinking about the big prize for her in the fall. Not many trainers think like that anymore. Cudos to him and Glen Hill Farm for having the confidence in him to know whats right for the Marketing Mix.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Why is Marketing Mix running for a lousy 100 grand in a grueling 12f race against the boys when she could run for much more dough against girls? I guess they needed a race a month before the Beverly D and couldn't find some other spot. But if they did this then why not run in the Man O War for 600k?
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Grade 3 win against the boys looks good on the resume and Dahmer really hasn't beat anything, but claimers. Nice tune-up for Arlington. Grueling?
Perl More than 1 year ago
It's 12 furlongs against male horses. She's a middle distance horse. Grueling to be sure. Ridiculous spot for the mare.
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
middle distance is 10-12f
Perl More than 1 year ago
Not in this country. Not in this era.
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
For a "middle distance horse", she sure looked great going 12 while finishing strong.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Fair point. However, she had never been farther than 10f before this race.
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
Definitely not grueling, MOW Boisterous was very tough.
LeslieH0101 More than 1 year ago
Marketing Mix is awesome! God luck to the Breeders Cup, MM and Gary!
Dick More than 1 year ago
Gary, is better then anyone out west hands down!
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Well he,s better than most out here, but I think Mike Smith may have something to say about that. Edwin Maldonado is turning into a hell of a rider. Obviously not Gary or Mikes calibur, but a good young rider.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
It's clear when the big money is on the line, who the best jockeys out West are- Stevens and Smith. Gomez a clear 3rd. The way Stevens and Smith have feasted on the stakes indicates that the jockey colony in SoCal is still in a transition period. The top everyday jockeys, those that ride the number of mounts it takes to win a meet title, do not dominate the stakes like they do the smaller prizes and they are not must-use riders when SoCal horses ship out. Additionally, guys like Bejarano, Maldonado, and Talamo are rarely used by Eastern trainers and owners in the big national races. In contrast, both Stevens and Smith won a Triple Crown race for connections not based in SoCal. The strongest colonies, past and present, are those like New York/Florida these days in which the top stakes riders are also the ones atop meet standings.
Alexander Danzig More than 1 year ago
"The strongest colonies, past and present, are those like New York/Florida" - not sure about the present, with Gary and Mikey (2 of the 3 TC winning jocks this year) joining Rafael and Garrett. But surely you jest when you include "past" colonies. There will never be another colony as strong as SoCal in the '80s, with Shoe, Pincay, Eddie D., McCarron, a young Stevens, etc. Cordero had to leave and ride in the east and every time a Santos or a Vasquez came out they got their heads handed to them.