Maram scores in Miss Grillo
Karen N. Woods' MARAM (Sahm) entered Wednesday's Miss Grillo S. (G3) at Belmont Park owning just a maiden claiming debut win from Saratoga. However, the Chad Brown-trained juvenile exited the 1 1/16-mile turf event a neck victress under jockey Jose Lezcano. Stopping the clock in 1:46 over the yielding green, Maram paid $15.20, $6.80 and $5.40 as the 6-1 fourth pick.
"I ran her in a maiden claiming race at Saratoga because she's got a marginal pedigree and I thought I could get away with it," Brown explained. "She could have won a maiden special weight, but I was going to try to take an edge wherever I could at Saratoga. She's done something that you like to see in that she has grown and developed a lot since I got her in May.
Maram's victory in the Miss Grillo guarantees her a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on October 24, something which Brown said he would discuss with the filly's owner.
Miss Bodine (Vindication) sprinted to the early lead, setting fractions of :24 4/5, :49 2/5 and 1:14 3/5 while being chased by My Magic Moment (Forest Wildcat). All the while, Maram was settled four wide on the backstretch not much farther back. My Magic Moment moved up to take the advantage through a mile in 1:39 3/5, but was overtaken by Freedom Rings (Proud Citizen), who managed to get a head in front in midstretch. Maram, however, was coming with her rally and wore down the new leader to keep her line perfect from two starts and improve her earnings to $123,120.
Freedom Rings, off at 11-1, kept her head in front on the line to take second, returning $9.60 and $6.30 while ending the $136.50 exacta. My Magic Moment was worth $13.60 and finished the $2,063 trifecta at 31-1 for getting her neck in down on the wire before Consequence (El Prado [Ire]), who completed the $6,783 superfecta (7-4-2-1) as the 6-5 favorite.
Next under the line were Pumpkin Shell (Lion Heart), Megachurch (Pulpit), Casanova Move (Langfuhr), Our Golden Dream (Medaglia d'Oro), Miss Bodine, Countess Seagrape (Arch) and Ancient Future (Cat Dreams). Laragh (Tapit) was withdrawn while Saarlandisourland (Saarland) was a main-track only entrant.
Bred in Kentucky by Palides Investments N.V. Inc. and Hair 'Em Corp., Maram is the first registered foal out of the winning American Dreamer (Quest for Fame [GB]) and has an unnamed weanling half-sister by Ten Centuries. This is the same family as stakes winners Golden Wage (Gold and Myrrh), Juliesugardaddy (Unusual Heat) and Fuzzy Jack (Fuzzbuster).
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