12/12/2005 12:00AM

Star Parade captures Bayakoa


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - There's the South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet, and now the Star Parade diet.

Star Parade, who was put on a new diet several months ago by trainer Darrell Vienna in an attempt to combat persistent problems with tying up, earned her first victory of the year on Sunday with a runaway, four-length win in the Grade 2, $150,000 at Hollywood Park.

Star Parade ($10.60) and race favorite Dream of Summer dominated the Bayakoa for the first seven furlongs before Star Parade turned on the afterburners in the stretch. After tracking Dream of Summer through soft early fractions of 24.11 seconds, 47.29 seconds, and 1:11 for the first six furlongs on the fast main track, Star Parade drew away to complete 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.96.

Dream of Summer easily held second, 7 1/2 lengths clear of third-place Island Fashion. Girl Warrior was fourth in the field of nine.

Star Parade, like Bayakoa a native of Argentina, has battled the best older females in the land for the past two seasons, but she had not won a race since July 2004. Part of that was due to horrible luck -- she had a brutal trip when second in this year's Apple Blossom Handicap -- and part was due to her tying up when training in the morning.

"She's had it off and on, but we never addressed it properly," Vienna said. "In the middle of the year, she kind of lost her way and we made some changes in her diet. She was tying up a lot and she stopped doing that and she's a lot more relaxed on it. Normally a horse gets pretty high carbohydrates. She went to almost a total high-fat diet."

No, it's not In-N-Out Burger every night. "They make prepared high-fat feeds for horses," Vienna said.

Martin Pedroza rode Star Parade, who has now won seven times in 27 starts. She is 3-for-6 on Hollywood Park's main track, including a victory in the 2003 Bayakoa. Gary Tanaka owns Star Parade.

Pedroza had ridden Star Parade just once previously, when she finished third on the turf in her last start, the Las Palmas Handicap at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

"Today I warmed her up a little more than usual," Pedroza said.

Vienna said Star Parade, 6, will likely race at least the first part of the new year.

"Mr. Tanaka likes to race," Vienna said.