06/11/2013 3:00PM

Hollywood Park notes: Byrama switching surfaces in Vanity

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Byrama will try the Hollywood Park synthetic surface for the first time in the Grade 1 Vanity on Saturday.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Byrama, winner of two sprint stakes on turf, will switch surfaces and race at 1 1/8 miles for the second time in her career in Saturday’s $250,000 Vanity Handicap on the synthetic main track at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Trainer Simon Callaghan said Tuesday that Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will ride Byrama, who has won 4 of 18 starts and $334,750, all for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. Byrama was second in the Providencia Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Santa Anita in April 2012.

A 4-year-old filly by Byron, Byrama was sixth in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on a sloppy dirt track at Churchill Downs on May 4, her most recent start. The Grade 1 Vanity will be Byrama’s first start on Hollywood Park’s main track.

“The timing of the race is right,” Callaghan said. “The distance is an unknown. We’ll give it a shot. It doesn’t appear to be the toughest Grade 1.”

Byrama is nominated for Sunday’s $70,000 Desert Stormer Handicap over six furlongs, which is expected to include two Grade 1 winners trained by Ron Ellis – Include Me Out (2012 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar) and Teddy’s Promise (2011 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita). Callaghan said he prefers taking a chance in the Vanity.

“The Desert Stormer is coming up a solid race,” Callaghan said.

Byrama is part of a projected field of six for the Vanity, which is led by More Chocolate, winner of the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita in January, and Open Water and Lady of Fifty, the first two finishers of the Grade 2 Marjorie Everett Handicap on May 18.

Stakes winner Starlight Magic retired

Starlight Magic, a 4-year-old filly who won stakes for California-breds in 2011 and 2012, has been retired, trainer Mark Glatt said.

Owned by Cory Wagner, Starlight Magic, by Marino Marini, won 4 of 10 starts and $334,900 in a career highlighted by wins in the 2011 California Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita and the 2012 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar. She made the final start of her career in the Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar last summer, finishing third.

Starlight Magic was in training earlier this spring when an injury surfaced, forcing her retirement. She will be bred in early 2014, Glatt said.

Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Good spot for Brushed by a star to win a gr 1!
Jordan More than 1 year ago
No shippers against a very weak local group. Probably the worst Vanity field ever.
Ann Maree More than 1 year ago
The Vanity always brings back memories of Zenyatta who won this race 3 consecutive times, twice carrying 129 pounds, the heaviest impost in the race since 1977.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
The Vanity doesn't deserve grade 1 status this year. A race with a grand history, this field is depressing.