GARY STEVENS, MARKETING MIX, Winner: “(Trainer) Tom (Proctor) told me in the paddock to just take the race to them. He said this mare can gallop faster than the rest of them. I didn’t know what the Brazilian horse (Hawk’s Eyes) was going to do and (his rider) Victor (Espinoza) was intent on getting the lead. I couldn’t have paid to have a better rabbit out in front of me. I just let my mare gallop. I had it in my head to two-minute lick her to the three-eighths pole and set her down and work her three eighths of a mile. I don’t know if (Proctor) was necessarily using this as a tune up for the (Grade I, $750,000) Beverly D (Aug. 17 at Arlington Park), but it sure worked out. She was very, very happy.”
JULIEN LEPAROUX, DHAAMER, Second: “No excuse. I came up to the filly and I thought I was going to go by her, but she went again. My horse ran his race, but she was just a little better.”
MARTIN GARCIA, EXTENSIVE, Third: “I got shut off by the horses inside and outside me out of the gate or I would have had a better position. I wasn’t going to beat the first two anyway. I’m satisfied with the way he ran.”
TOM PROCTOR, MARKETING MIX, Winner: “I was a little concerned because she’s in season today, but she’s run that way before. It was a combination of things why she ran here. The weight was one. She was given 127 (pounds) for the Modesty (Handicap, which was run July 13 at Arlington Park). I also wanted to see her run that far. (Stevens) thought she could run that far, and I did, too. She has a lot of options, but she’ll probably go in the Beverly D. We’ll see. Let’s hope she comes out of the race well and we have that decision. That’s the main thing. It’s nice to win the last Sunset. A lot of good horses have won it. It means something to me.”
MIKE MITCHELL, DHAAMER, Second: “They both ran super. I knew if (Marketing Mix) spotted my horse coming at her, she would fight, and she did. (Leparoux) rode the horse perfect. He knew the mare, and he knew this horse. My horse ran his race. How can you be upset? It looked like a two-horse race and that’s how they finished.”
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