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Breeders' Cup Winner Maram Dies, Leaves Foal

Six-year-old mare died Sept. 6, leaving a healthy Giant's Causeway colt born in 2012.

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 Giant's Causeway  colt born April 30.

The mare had been bred to Elusive Quality this year, according to

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 $9,500 reserve 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 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 gained 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 victories for the dark bay runner included the 2009 John Hettinger at Saratoga and the 2010 Miss Liberty at Monmouth Park.