(Marr Time / Photos by Coady Photography)
From the Keeneland Media Team:
NEXT START UNDECIDED FOR ROYALLY BRED MARR TIME
Clarkland Farm’s homebred Marr Time added another impressive branch to her family tree when she sailed to a 2¾-length victory in her debut at Keeneland on Thursday. Ridden by Florent Geroux for Brad Cox, the 2-year-old daughter of Not This Time won the 6-furlong race in 1:11.96 as the 3-5 favorite.
“Just getting to this first start with all the expectations was a big goal for us,” said Tessa Bisha, a Kentucky assistant for Cox, who has been with the filly all year. “We were hopeful she would run like she did, but we haven’t made any plans after that race. She cooled out well and she looks great this morning (Friday). She’s always thought she was special.”
Marr Time is out of 2016 Broodmare of the Year Leslie’s Lady, one of the Thoroughbred industry’s all-time great producers. The best offspring of the daughter of Tricky Creek are multiple champion Beholder, Grade 1 winner and leading sire Into Mischief, and Grade 1 winner and sire Mendelssohn. Two of her offspring have topped Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale: Mendelssohn at $3 million in 2016 and America’s Joy at $8.2 million in 2019.
Celebrating Marr Time’s winning performance was the Clarkland team of Fred and Nancy Mitchell and their family.
“Every Kentucky breeder wants to win a race at Keeneland,” the Mitchells’ daughter Marty Buckner said. “It can be nerve-wracking but to find out how (good) the bloodlines are, you have to race them.”
Marr Time is the 14th foal out of Leslie’s Lady, whose final offspring is the yearling Kantharos filly Love You Irene. Now 25, Leslie’s Lady lives as a retiree at Clarkland, which 15 years ago bought her in foal to Orientate for $100,000 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
The family opted to breed Leslie’s Lady to Not This Time in part because he is a grandson of Storm Cat and her best offspring have been from that sire line.
“Marr Time was always easy,” Buckner said. “Leslie’s Lady’s best foals are always easy to raise and when you ask them to do something new, they rise to the occasion.”
(Chad Brown / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
BREEDERS’ CUP WORK TAB
Trainer Chad Brown sent out three of his Keeneland-based runners who were pre-entered in the Nov. 5-6 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar for works on a fast main track Friday morning:
Peter Brant’s Dunbar Road (Distaff) covered 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. Keeneland clockers caught her in splits of :13, :25.20, :36.80, 1:00.40 and out in 1:13.20. On Oct. 10, the 5-year-old daughter of Quality Road was second to Letruska in the Juddmonte Spinster (G1).
Brant also owns Blowout (GB) (Mile), who worked 4 furlongs in :49.80. The 5-year-old daughter of Dansili (GB), who took the Oct. 9 First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare, recorded fractions of :12.80, :24.40, :49.80 and out in 1:03.60.
Haughty (Juvenile Fillies Turf) worked 4 furlongs in :47.60. Her fractions were :12.80, :24.60, :47.60 and out in 1:01.
On Oct. 17, Haughty scored a 4-length victory in a maiden special weight race over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Keeneland in her second career start. The daughter of Empire Maker races for Bradley Thoroughbreds, Belmar Racing and Breeding, Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron and Team Hanley. …
Trainer Jack Sisterson worked two of Calumet Farm’s Breeders’ Cup pre-entrants on dirt: Channel Cat (Turf and Mile), 4 furlongs in :50, and Lexitonian (Sprint), 4 furlongs in :48.40. …
Brad Grady’s Fast Boat (pre-entered in the Turf Sprint) worked 3 furlongs in :37 on dirt for trainer Joe Sharp.
Keeneland Racing Analyst Tom Leach talks to trainer Kenny McPeek about his starters in two stakes on Saturday’s closing day: King Fury in the Hagyard Fayette (G2) and Camp Hope in the Bryan Station.
KEENELAND FALL MEET REPRESENTED
IN BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thirty-nine horses that raced or trained at Keeneland during the Fall Meet have been pre-entered in the 37th Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held Nov. 5-6 at Del Mar. They include nine winners of Keeneland’s 10 Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races:
- Castle & Key Bourbon (G3) winner Tiz the Bomb (Juvenile Turf);
- Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Rattle N Roll (TVG Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance);
- Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner Juju’s Map (NetJets Juvenile Fillies);
- First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare winner Blowout (GB) (FanDuel Mile Presented by PDJF);
- Indian Summer (L) Presented by Keeneland Select winner Averly Jane (Juvenile Turf Sprint);
- JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) winner California Angel (Juvenile Fillies Turf);
- Juddmonte Spinster (G1) winner Letruska (Distaff);
- Keeneland Turf Mile (G1) winner In Love (BRZ) (Mile); and
- Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) winner Special Reserve (Qatar Racing Sprint).
Another Fall Meet stakes winner pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup is Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select winner Golden Pal (Turf Sprint).
The winners of 55 Breeders’ Cup races made their final starts before the event during the Fall Meet.
Keeneland will host the Breeders’ Cup for the third time in 2022 when the World Championships return Nov. 4-5. Previous runnings of the Breeders’ Cup here were in 2015 and 2020.
FALL MEET LEADERS
Through Oct. 28 (15 days of 17-day season)
|Brian Hernandez Jr.||72||9||11||9||$1,017,273|
|Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)||4|
|Godolphin (Mohammed Al Maktoum et al)||3|
|Paradise Farms Corp. (Peter Proscia) and David Staudacher||3|
FALL MEET CLOSING WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS
Keeneland Select Handicapping Challenge. Sport of Kings, the free horse racing contest website, has this new free online handicapping contest for casual fans and serious horseplayers. Participants make mythical selections on two Keeneland races for each day of the meet. Two seats to the 2022 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship will be awarded. To sign up, click here.
The new Keeneland Turf Pick 3 wager is offered on the final three turf races each race day. The minimum wager is $3 and will follow the same rules as the traditional Pick 3. The new wager has a 15 percent takeout, the same low takeout as Keeneland’s popular Pick 5 wager.
The Hill. At this popular tailgating area, fans can watch and wager while enjoying the racing action from the Jumbotron and wagering tent, while food trucks and live music presented by The Burl create a festive atmosphere. No ticket or reservation is required for The Hill. Parking opens at 10 a.m. Live music and food trucks from noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday – Closing day
Sunrise Trackside (Special Halloween Edition). This free Saturday morning program is geared toward families and offers a unique view of Thoroughbreds during training hours. This Saturday, children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. They will enjoy fun Halloween treats, games and face painting (8-10 a.m.) and may participate in a costume contest hosted by Keeneland mascot Buckles (9:30 a.m.) A Paddock demonstration featuring the Headless Horseman begins at 8:30 a.m. Fans can purchase coffee and donuts; the Keeneland Track Kitchen at the east end of the stable area (with no track view) is open for breakfast that includes “grab and go” and seating options. Mini tours of Keeneland are available at the Welcome Stand in the Paddock. The Headless Horseman is scheduled to appear on the main track after Race 4 (post time 2:46 p.m.)
Hagyard Race to Give Campaign. Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, which sponsors the day’s $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2), is supporting Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), a non-profit that benefits Thoroughbred aftercare organizations, all this month through its “Race to Give” campaign. To help, visit racetogive.org. At Keeneland on Oct. 30, fans may donate wagering tickets by dropping them in the “Race to Give” donation box inside the Grandstand East Gate entrance. Funds will go directly to TCA.