09/07/2012 12:17PM

Breeders' Cup winner Maram dies at 6

Barbara D. Livingston
Maram, winner of the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, died Thursday at the age of 6.

Grade 3 winner Maram, winner of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2008, has died at age 6.

Maram died Thursday of “an acute illness,” according to a statement issued by her owner, Karen N. Woods. Woods owned the mare and bred her in partnership with the late Saud bin Khaled, with whom she also operated Chanteclair Farm in Kentucky.

Maram produced her first foal, a Giant’s Causeway colt, on April 30, and that colt is doing well. Maram had been bred back to Elusive Quality, but was not in foal, according to Chanteclair manager Ron Wallace.

“Maram in Arabic means wish, dream, desire, and destiny,” owner Woods said in the press release. “She definitely lived up to her name. She will be sadly missed.”

Trained by Chad Brown, Maram won the 2008 Miss Grillo to earn graded-winner status and also captured the 2009 John Hettinger and 2010 Miss Liberty Stakes. She won half her 10 lifetime starts and collected $900,320 in her racing career. The daughter of Sahm was out of the winner American Dreamer, by Quest For Fame, and is her dam’s first stakes winner.