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Open Water Seeks Grade I Glory in Vanity

Open Water, the upset winner of the Marjorie L. Everett Handicap May 18, will seek the first Grade I victory of her career in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Run at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track, the Vanity, which is for older fillies and mares, is the ninth of 10 races Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by Southern Equine Stables LLC, Mike Smith and Whispering Oaks Farm and trained by Eric Guillot, Open Water defeated 7-10 favorite Lady of Fifty by one length at nearly 10-1 in the Grade II Everett.

The win was the third in 14 starts for the 4-year-old daughter of Include and the A.P. Indy mare Biscayne Bay. She’s earned $270,750.

If successful Saturday, Open Water would be the first horse to win both the Everett – which was called the Milady Handicap prior to 2012 – and the Vanity since Zenyatta in 2009.

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 2011 Vanity with Blind Luck, will be represented by Lady of Fifty and Esentepe.

Owned by Hollendorfer and George Todaro, Lady of Fifty has won six of 14. The 4-year-old gray daughter of After Market and the Maria’s Mon mare K.D.’s Shady Lady has earned $383,000.


In her only other start over Cushion Track prior to her second place finish in the Everett, Lady of Fifty won the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap by 3 ¼ lengths last Dec. 8.

The last filly or mare to win both the Bayakoa and Vanity was Hollywood Story. She won the Bayakoa in 2004 and the 2006 Vanity.

A 4-year-old Oratorio filly out of the Octagonal mare Mythie, Esentepe comes off a decisive win as the 2-5 favorite in an optional claimer in her first start over Cushion Track May 9.

Owned by William de Burgh, Esentepe has won three of 20 and banked $149,984.

Trainer John Sadler, who won the 2004 Vanity with Victory Encounter, will send out More Chocolate, winner of the Grade II La Canada Stakes Jan. 20 at Santa Anita.

Owned by Michael Talla, the 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly out of the Night Shift mare Little Treasure has won three of 10 and earned $252,642. The Vanity will be her first race over a synthetic surface and her initial start since she finished fifth in the Grade II La Troienne Stakes May 3 at Churchill Downs.


Royal Tiger will step into tougher company after winning an optional claimer by 14 lengths June 2.

Trained by Mark Glatt for owner-breeder Nick Cafarchia, the 6-year-old daughter of Hold That Tiger and the In Excess mare Rare Royalty has won three of 15 and earned $106,620. She’s won half of her four races over Cushion Track and was third in her two defeats.

Byrama will return to a synthetic surface for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trainer Simon Callaghan after finishing sixth in the Grade I Humna Distaff over a sloppy track May 4 at Churchill Downs.


The 4-year-old English bred daughter of Byron and the Darshaan mare Aymara will be seeking to end a six-race losing streak in the Vanity. Byrama hasn’t won since taking the Unzip Me Stakes last Sept. 29 at Santa Anita.

The bay filly was second, beaten by a neck by Last Full Measure, in the Grade I Madison April 13 over Keeneland’s Polytrack in her most recent race over synthetic. She has been runner-up in both of her tries over artificial tracks. She chased Reneesgotzip in the C.E.R.F. Stakes last Sept.5 over the Polytrack at Del Mar. Byrama has won four of 18 and earned $334,750.

From inside out, the field for the Vanity Handicap: More Chocolate, Garrett Gomez rides, 119 pounds; Byrama, Gary Stevens, 116; Esentepe, Corey Nakatani, 117; Royal Tiger, Tyler Baze, 113; Open Water, Joe Talamo, 117 and Lady of Fifty, Rafael Bejarano, 117.



 

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Esentepe and Byrama
6 Lady Of Fifty, 2 Byrama, 5 Open Water, 3 Esentepe.
Byrama is my pick

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