05/10/2007 11:00PM

Big plans for Starry Pie this year


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer C.R. Trout said his goal for the strong closer Starry Pie is the new $1omillion Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Monmouth Park on Oct. 26. The first step toward that race will be taken later this month at Lone Star Park.

Trout said Starry Pie is scheduled to make her first start of the year in the $100,000 Valid Expectations, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares to be run on the Lone Star Million Day program, May 28. She has been working here in preparation for her first start since last fall.

"We just rested her up since last November," said Trout, who also bred and owns Starry Pie. "She's matured with age. It seems like it sure agreed with her. She'll weigh about 1,100 pounds; she's just really filled out. And she's training awfully well."

Starry Pie, 4, has won 4 of 11 career starts, including the Dixie Miss last July at Louisiana Downs. She finished fifth, beaten just 1 1/2 lengths, in the Grade 2 Raven Run at Keeneland in October.

Trout said with a good performance in the Valid Expectations, the next step for Starry Pie would be the Grade 3, $175,000 Chicago BC Handicap at Arlington Park on June 16.

Wrenice pointing for Stonerside

Another sprint of note on the Million Day card, the $100,000 Stonerside for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs, will be the next stop for Wrenice, said her trainer, Randy Mayfield.

Wrenice, a winner of 7 of 11 starts, most recently won the $50,000 Richland Hills Farm at Lone Star on April 28. She was expected to run back in the Texas Stallion Stakes here Saturday because she has won every race in the series for her division to date. Mayfield, however, said he felt that spot would be too quick back for Wrenice, who ran one of the best races of her career in the Richland Hills.

In all, she has won three divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes, ranging in distance from 5 1/2 furlongs to a mile. Wrenice has won six stakes in her career, and $359,346.

Mayfield appears to have another exciting filly in his barn in Tina the Tiger. She was an 8 1/4-length winner of a maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies bred in Texas here Thursday night. She defeated a deep field, and won in 52 seconds over a track rated muddy.

"That was awesome," said Mayfield, who co-owns Tina the Tiger. "She's a very intelligent filly. She doesn't make any mistakes. She went out there, and did everything right and that's how you win baby races."

Tina the Tiger broke on top, withstood pace pressure, shook off her rivals and went on to win under Bobby Walker Jr.

Mayfield said Tina the Tiger, who is eligible for the Texas Stallion Stakes, will make her next start in a trial race for the $100,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity. The filly trials are May 24, and the finale is June 9.

Miss Missile eyes Sales Futurity

Miss Missile, who set a track record for 4 1/2 furlongs in her career debut April 28, is also being pointed for the trials for the fillies division of the TTA Sales Futurity, said her owner and trainer, Charlie Smith.

"She's training really well," he said, "and we don't have any common 2-year-old problems with her. She looks like she might be a pretty nice filly."

Miss Missile won her debut by 4o3/4 lengths under Justin Shepherd in 51 seconds over a fast track and earned a Beyer Figure of 75.

"I thought she ran a real professional race," said Smith.

Almost Certain tops feature

Almost Certain, fourth in an optional claimer at Gulfstream Park in his last start March 30, heads Sunday's featured eighth race, a second-level allowance at one-mile on turf.

Almost Certain won the $100,000 El Joven at Retama at 2, and last year placed in two stakes in his two starts at Lone Star.

Trainer Bart Evans has given the mount to Larry Taylor.