Marr Time breaking her maiden at Keeneland on Oct. 28, 2021. (Coady Photography)
HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—She has a chance to do something her famous mother couldn’t – win at Oaklawn.
Unbeaten Marr Time faces winners for the first time in Sunday’s sixth race, an entry-level allowance sprint for 2-year-old fillies for trainer Brad Cox and breeder/owner Clarkland Farm (Fred Mitchell). Marr Time is by the top young sire Not This Time, but it’s her dam’s name that turns heads. Marr Time is out of Leslie’s Lady, making her a half-sister to four-time Eclipse Award winner and future Hall of Famer Beholder, super sire Into Mischief and Grade 1 winner Mendelssohn.
Marr Time, as the 3-5 favorite, was a front-running 2 ¾-length winner of her Oct. 28 career debut at Keeneland. Florent Geroux, Oaklawn’s leading rider through the first six days of the 2021-2022 meeting, has the return call on Marr Time, who is scheduled to break from post 2 in the projected eight-horse field.
“Marr Time, she’s obviously got a big pedigree,” Cox said Thursday afternoon. “Fast filly. Hopeful that this is the next step to stretching her out. We like her. She’s pretty classy.”
Marr Time has worked twice at Oaklawn in advance of her local debut. She recorded a 5-furlong bullet (:59.60) Dec. 5 and covered a half-mile in :48.40 Dec. 12. Marr Time will be racing on Lasix for the first time Sunday.
“She’s a big, beautiful filly,” Cox said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Leslie’s Lady ran in three sprints at the 1999 Oaklawn meeting for Bob Holthus, Oaklawn’s all-time leading trainer, and owner James T. Hines Jr. Leslie’s Lady, a daughter of Tricky Creek, finished second to stablemate The Happy Hopper in the $50,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, fifth as the heavy favorite in an allowance event and fourth in the $35,000 America’s First Lady Stakes. Holthus and Hines’ estate later campaigned 2006 Arkansas Derby and Rebel winner Lawyer Ron.
Clarkland Farm purchased Leslie’s Lady for $100,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. She was named 2016 Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. Leslie’s Lady, 25, was pensioned last spring, with Marr Time her penultimate foal.
Not This Time, by Giant’s Causeway out of Oaklawn stakes winner Miss Macy Sue, finished second in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in 2016.
Probable post time for Sunday’s sixth race is 2:51 p.m. (Central).
Oaklawn Barn Notes by Robert Yates