11/08/2006 12:00AM

Star Parade retired, for sale

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Star Parade, a six-time stakes winner, has been retired and will be sold at the Keeneland January mixed sale, trainer Darrell Vienna said on Wednesday.

Star Parade, 7, finished fifth in the Grade 2 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Oct. 1 in her final start. An Argentine-bred, she ended her career with 9 wins in 35 starts and earnings of $1,226,719.

While Vienna said that Star Parade was scheduled to be retired at the end of this year, he said she has been sent to Kentucky and will make no further starts. She would have been a leading contender for the Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park on Dec. 3, a race she won in 2003 and 2005.

"She may not have been on top of her game" in recent starts, Vienna said. "We thought it was time."

Gary Tanaka owns Star Parade. Tanaka concentrates on racing and does not breed many mares, which is the main reason for Star Parade's inclusion in the sale.

Star Parade won 2 of 8 starts this year, with the victories coming in stakes - the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita in February and the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap at Hollywood Park in May. She lost her last four starts, including a second in the Grade 2 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park in June.

Star Parade won two Grade 1 races in 2004 - the Milady and the Santa Maria.

Call it the David Hofmans Sharp Cat

Trainer David Hofmans can rightfully claim ownership of the Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park. His fillies have won both runnings, last year with Balance and on Sunday with the promising Runway Rosie.

"The Sharp Cat is mine," Hofmans joked on Sunday.

Wednesday, the focus had turned to the future for both fillies. Runway Rosie is being pointed for the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes on Dec. 17.

In the Sharp Cat for 2-year-old fillies, Runway Rosie ($12) ran the

1 1/16 miles in 1:45.40, winning by a half-length over Spenditallbaby. Runway Rosie stalked the leaders, took the lead in early stretch, and won under urging from jockey Garrett Gomez after appearing to wait for her rivals in deep stretch.

"I think she'll get better with racing experience," Hofmans said of Runway Rosie, a daughter of Include and a Siphon mare. "She's pretty confident in herself. I think her pedigree wants distance."

Owned by Class Racing Stable and Allen and Leslie Rosenblum, Runway Rosie has won 2 of 4 starts and $88,060.

Balance, who won the Santa Anita Oaks and Las Virgenes Stakes earlier this year, worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 on Wednesday, preparing for her first start since finishing 11th in the Kentucky Oaks in May. Balance was found to have a bone chip in an ankle after the Kentucky Oaks.

Balance is being pointed for the La Brea Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 30.

Surface gets improved reviews

Days after trainers expressed frustrations over changes in Hollywood Park's new synthetic surface, the surface was better received on Wednesday morning.

Last weekend, trainers criticized the track's decision to regularly water the surface, saying it turned too firm. Workmen have stopped watering the surface, which was not as firm on Wednesday, several trainers said.

At a meeting on Wednesday morning with some horsemen, track officials said they had no plans for further watering and would inform horsemen of changes in the maintenance schedule, according to a trainer who attended the meeting.

The synthetic track was installed in September and earned widespread praise from horsemen in September and October, when Hollywood Park was open for training and not running races.

"Everything I've worked is pulling up great," trainer Mike Mitchell said on Wednesday. "It's a matter of making the track consistent. It's the best track I've ever trained on."

Rob Roy moved to Drysdale barn

Rob Roy, fifth in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Saturday, has joined trainer Neil Drysdale's stable. Drysdale said that Rob Roy might be considered for the $400,000 Citation Handicap over 1o1/16 miles on turf here on Nov. 24.

Owned by Philip Newton, Rob Roy has won 3 of 12 starts and $459,500. Previously trained by Michael Stoute, Rob Roy won the Grade 2 Sandown Mile in April and was second in the Grade 1 Champion Stakes at Newmarket in mid-October.

Drysdale is likely to have a strong hand for the six-race Autumn Turf Festival from Nov. 24-26.

His candidates include Becrux, the winner of the Woodbine Mile in September, for the Citation Handicap; Obrigado, the runner-up in the Oak Tree Derby last month, in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 26; Beautyandthebeast, the winner of the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap last month, in the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes on Nov. 26; and Streets Ahead, a stakes winner in England, in the $100,000 Generous Stakes for 2-year-old males on Nov.o24.

Proud Tower Too resumes training

Proud Tower Too, the winner of the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai in March, has resumed training at Hollywood Park after undergoing surgery to have a bone chip removed from an ankle.

Owned by Daniel Cardenas's Tricar Stable and trained by Sal Gonzalez, Proud Tower Too has not started since the Golden Shaheen. The runner-up in that race was Thor's Echo, the upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs last Saturday.

Proud Tower Too has won 7 of 19 starts and $1,632,264. In the last year, he has won four stakes, including the On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park and the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes and Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita.

Arroyo to return to New York

Jockey Norberto Arroyo has returned to New York after spending the last five months riding in California. He won 24 races in California, and had 1 win from 5 starts in the first five days of the current Hollywood Park fall meeting. He had 11 wins at Del Mar, his best meeting in California, including with Maxxi Arte in the Viejas Casino Handicap.

Arroyo also rode Moscow Burning to second-place finishes in the Gradeo1 John Mabee Handicap and Solana Beach Handicap.