Jockey (from last start)
BreederRiver Bend Farm Inc., Austin Musselman& Janie Musselman
DamPatti's Regal Song
Maracuja emerged as a contender for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) after her surprising 14-1 win in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), in which she handed Malathaat her first loss in six starts. The two engaged in a stretch duel, and Maracuja came out first by a head. In gray filly’s prior race, she finished a distant seventh to Malathaat in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). The CCA Oaks was Maracuja’s second win in six career starts.
It was the filly’s first graded stakes win and trainer Rob Atras’ first Grade 1 win. She also would be his first Breeders’ Cup starter. Atras, 37, was born in Canada, and he grew up going to Assiniboia Downs. He worked for Robertino Diodoro overseeing his New York division before going out on his own in 2009, and he lives in Franklin Square, New York. He has made a name for himself in New York’s claiming circuit.
“She’s come a long way in a short time,” Atras said. “I was really proud of her and really impressed how she bore down and got up like that in the end. To run against a filly as accomplished as Malathaat, it was incredible, really.”
Beach Haven Thoroughbreds, part of the filly’s ownership group, is a syndicate that was formed four years ago by founding partners Ara Aprahamian and John Sakkos. The two have vacationed in Beach Haven, a small island in southern New Jersey, for years. Maracuja is the fourth horse they have campaigned, and they purchased her for $200,000. Other members of the filly’s ownership is Medallion Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds and Barry Fowler.
Maracuja’s father, Honor Code, placed third in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) after winning the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and Whitney Stakes (G1).
|September 25, 2021||Cotillion S.||PARX RACING||1||4|
|August 21, 2021||Alabama S.||SARATOGA||1||7|
|July 24, 2021||Coaching Club American Oaks||SARATOGA||1||1|
|April 30, 2021||Longines Kentucky Oaks||CHURCHILL DOWNS||1||7|
|April 03, 2021||Gazelle S.||AQUEDUCT||3||2|
|February 21, 2021||AQUEDUCT||1|
|January 23, 2021||AQUEDUCT||3|
|December 20, 2020||AQUEDUCT||2|