Owner/breeder Karen N. Woods announced the retirement of Breeders’ Cup winner Maram May 5.
Maram won the $1 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita in 2008 for her biggest victory. The 5-year-old daughter of Sahm—American Dreamer, by Quest for Fame also won the Miss Grillo (gr. IIIT) that year and scored two other stakes in her five-win career.
An earner of $900,320, Maram was retired due to a small suspensory tear that was discovered during final preparations for the May 7 Beaugay Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont. Her final race came last summer at Saratoga. She was also co-bred and co-owned by Saud bin Khaled.
“Maram has more than proved her worth as a race filly, and certainly identified herself as a future keystone broodmare in my breeding program,” said Woods. “She has been a competitive mare, and given her all to achieve thrilling victories. Now I look forward to seeing her inevitable success as a producer.”
Ron Wallace, president and general manager of Chanteclair Farm, confirmed the stallion selection process is underway for Maram. Woods anticipates making a decision by early next week in hopes of catching the 2011 breeding season.
“Retiring this mare in one piece was the right thing to do, but was bittersweet. She has been a pleasure to campaign,” said trainer Chad Brown of the horse that brought him his first Breeders’ Cup win.