Maraud Rolls to Victory in American Turf
Churchill Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 5, 2018) – Treadway Racing Stable’s Maraud surged to the lead at mid-stretch en route to a 1 ½-length victory in the 27th running of the $300,000 American Turf Presented by Ram Trucks (Grade II) for 3-year-olds.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Maraud covered the 1 1/16 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course rated as “good” in 1:47.52. It is the second win in the race for Pletcher (Doubles Partner in 2010) and Velazquez (Strategic Partner(2001).
Speed Franco shot to the lead from his inside post and led the field of 14 through fractions of :23.79, :48.39 and 1:13.96. At the head of the stretch, Speed Franco opened a daylight margin but the closers were coming.
Maraud struck the front inside the eighth pole and built enough of a lead to hold off the fast finishing Untamed Domain and Captivating Moon who dead-heated for second.
The victory was worth $169,260 and elevated Maraud’s bankroll to $337,770 with a record of 7-4-0-2. It was the second graded-stakes victory for the Kentucky-bred son Blame out of the Empire Maker mare Unbridled Empire.
Maraud returned $18.80, $8.40 and $6.20. Captivating Moon, ridden by Florent Geroux, returned $5.40 and $6.40 and Untamed Domain, with Jose Ortiz up, returned $4.60 and $5.80.
It was another half-length back to Arawak in fourth with River Boyne (IRE), Channel Cat, Speed Franco, Tigers Rule, Inscom, Admiralty Pier, Threeandfourpence, Pont Du Gard, Dragon Drew and Tiz Mischief following in order.