08/01/2011 12:34PM

Woodbine: Marketing Mix shows her best in Wonder Where

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Michael Burns
Marketing Mix scores a 4 3/4-length victory in Sunday’s $250,800 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Marketing Mix, who shipped here from Kentucky this spring to take advantage of the Canadian-bred 3-year-old filly program, had run well in three stakes without finding the winner’s circle.

But that changed emphatically last Sunday when Marketing Mix stretched out to 1 1/4 miles on the turf and was a much-the-best 4 3/4-length winner of the $250,800 Wonder Where Stakes for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

“I’ve kind of been waiting to get her on the grass; I thought she’d run good,” said Tom Proctor, who trains Marketing Mix for Glen Hill Farm and watched the Wonder Where from his current personal headquarters at Del Mar.

“Not to take anything away from the winners, but I thought she was a little unlucky to lose a couple of her races up there.”

Marketing Mix finished second in the seven-furlong Fury here April 30 and stayed on to finish third in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks on June 5 and fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City on July 3.

After the Bison City, Marketing Mix shipped to Arlington Park and returned to Woodbine last week for the Wonder Where.

The filly was scheduled to head back to Arlington on Monday evening and more turf racing should be in her immediate future.

“We hadn’t really decided, but we’d thought about the Pucker Up or we could bring her back up there,” Proctor said.

The Pucker Up, a 1 1/8-mile turf race restricted to 3-year-old fillies, will be run Sept. 17 and offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $100,000.

The local option for Marketing Mix would be the Aug. 27 Ontario Colleen, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies that is a Grade 3 stakes worth $150,000.

Walton, Attard run 1-2 in Vandal

Sunday’s $150,400 Vandal Stakes was a tour de force for owner/breeder Howard Walton and trainer Sid Attard, who fielded the first two finishers in Buongiorno Johnny and Maritimer.

Buongiorno Johnny and Maritimer had debuted in divisions of an open six-furlong maiden race here July 10, with the former finishing second and the latter winning but in a slower clocking.

In the six-furlong Vandal for Ontario-foals, Buongiorno Johnny prevailed by a head over his closing stablemate.

“I liked them both a lot,” said Attard, who was saddling his fourth stakes winner of the meeting and his second for Walton, whose Signature Red won the Grade 2 Highlander for his Norseman Racing Stable.

Buongiorno Johnny is by Mr. Greeley out of Mycupoftea, who is still a member of Walton’s broodmare band.

His half-brother, the very fast Like Mom Like Sons, won his first four starts, including the six-furlong Woodstock Stakes here in 2007 but developed a pus pocket that led to his foundering. He was euthanized that July.

“He was the best horse I’ve ever had,” Walton said.

Maritimer is by Stormy Atlantic out of Highland Mood, who was an undefeated double stakes winner in four career starts for owner/breeders Walton and Hal Gregory and trainer Bob Tiller.

Highland Mood was entered in the mixed sale here late last fall and sold for $10,000.

“They’re both well-bred horses,” Walton said. “But Buongiorno Johnny’s a pure sprinter, probably, and Maritimer should get a distance of ground and should like the grass.”

Attard, who has no immediate plans for either colt, concurs with Walton’s assessment.

“I think Johnny’s going to be best up to seven furlongs,” said Attard, “but the other horse should go long, and he’ll like the turf.”

Walton also has high hopes for his homebred 2-year-olds Danger Bay, who is trained by Attard, and Yes It’s Red, who is in Tiller’s barn.

Danger Bay was away last of 10 in his July 24 debut but rallied to finish third at 5 1/2 furlongs, while Yes It’s Red has been working well for his first start and should be in the entries in the near future.

Anne’s Beauty scores in Duchess

Anne’s Beauty, being a Kentucky-bred, doesn’t have a lot of opportunities here at Woodbine, and trainer Paul Attard made sure she was at her best for last Saturday’s $150,400 Duchess Stakes.

The Duchess, for 3-year-old fillies, was the second stakes win for Anne’s Beauty, and both have come over seven furlongs.

“I thought she’d like the seven furlongs on the Poly,” said Attard, who was sending out Anne’s Beauty for the fourth time this season. “Now, there’s not a whole lot for her, to be honest.

“Right now, the Ontario Colleen would be her next race. After that, there’s the Selene, and the timing would work.”

The Grade 3, $250,000 Selene, a 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run here Sept. 25.

Anne’s Beauty had prepped for the Duchess on the turf, finishing fifth while facing older rivals and competing under second-level allowance terms over 1 1/16 miles.

“She had a troubled trip, and it was a tough race,” Attard said. “It was hard to judge it. I don’t know whether she’ll move up on turf.”

Anne’s Beauty is owned by Robert Smithen, who was at Saratoga on Saturday watching his 4-year-old filly Bay to Bay finish a good third in the Grade 1 Diana over 1 1/8 miles of turf.

Attard has Kurogane for Breeders’

Paul Attard will be seeking the most lucrative win of his career here Sunday, when he sends out Kurogane for the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes.

Owned and bred by Chiefswood Stable, Kurogane has won two of his four starts and will be trying turf for the first time in the 1 1/2-mile Breeders’.

“I like how he traveled on turf,” Attard said after watching Kurogane breeze six furlongs in 1:13.20 on the turf training course here Sunday. “It looked like he handled it well, and he galloped out very well.

“I don’t think the mile and a half will be a problem; I think he’ll run all day.”