Ireland-based stallion Byron (Green Desert – Gay Callanta, by Woodman) sired his second winner at the highest level when Byrama (Byron – Aymara, by Darshaan) scored a strong win in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap (1-1/8m) at Hollywood Park.
Byrama had won two stakes races before her Hollywood Park success but the mare notched those wins over six furlongs and six-and-a-half furlongs. However, her first attempt past a mile reaped a career-best result.
The British-bred four-year-old went into the Vanity Handicap with placings at Grade 2 level at Santa Anita and in Grade 1 company at Keeneland but had the perfect trip to allow her to break through.
Byrama settled behind the speed for veteran jockey Gary Stevens before outsprinting the runner-up More Chocolate (Malibu Moon – Little Treasure, by Night Shift) to score by more than three lengths.
“She loves the synthetic, so we’ll definitely keep her on that,” trainer Simon Callaughan told The Bloodhorse. “It’s great to get a Grade I win with her because, respectfully, she was the best filly that day at Keeneland and to get it done today is fantastic.”
Byron stands alongside Grandera (Grand Lodge – Bordighera, by Alysheba) at Woodland Stud in County Galway where he commanded a €2500 service fee in the 2013 northern hemisphere breeding season.