Maram, winner of the 2008 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, died Sept. 6 from an acute illness, according to a release. The 6-year-old mare was at Sheltowee Farm in Midway, Ky.
A daughter of Sahm out of the Quest for Fame mare American Dreamer, Maram left behind her first foal, a healthy 2012 colt by Giant's Causeway .
Maram was owned and bred by Karen Woods and the late Prince Saud bin Khaled under their Palides Investments N. V. Inc. and Hair 'Em Corporations. She was foaled and raised at Chanteclair Farm, the partners' boodmare operation in Woodford County, Ky., and went on to race for Woods and Khaled after failing to meet her reserve as a $9,500 RNA at the 2006 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
" 'Maram' in Arabic means, 'Wish, dream, desire and destiny,' (and) she definitely lived up to her name," Woods said. "She will be sadly missed."
Maram was trained by Chad Brown and earned $900,320 during her racing career, which ended due to a small suspensory tear in 2010 with a 5-1-1 record from 10 starts. Her victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf came in her third outing and was part of a four-race win streak that included a score in the 2008 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park immediately following her maiden win at first asking at Saratoga Race Course in August of 2008.
In the Juvenile Fillies Turf, held that year at Santa Anita Park, Maram came flying three-wide into the lane from seventh in the 12-horse field of 2-year-old fillies going a mile on the grass. She obtained the lead in deep stretch over front-runner Laragh and held by a nose against the charge of European contender Heart Shaped in a nail-biting photo finish.
Other stakes scores for the dark bay runner included the 2009 John Hettinger at Saratoga and the 2010 Miss Liberty at Monmouth Park.
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