05/31/2007 11:00PM

Starry Pie retired after bleeding during work

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Starry Pie, who was to run in the $100,000 Valid Expectations at Lone Star Park last Monday with the goal of making the new Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, has been retired, said C.R. Trout, who bred, owns, and trains the 4-year-old daughter of Pioneering.

Trout said Starry Pie bled following a workout for the Valid Expectations on May 20. She drilled a half-mile in 47.20 seconds, the fastest of 78 works at the distance here.

"I retired her," said Trout. "We worked her the other day and she had the bullet work, but she came back with some blood in her trachea and I just opted not to continue on. We're just going to turn her out the rest of the summer, and she'll be [bred] next year."

Trout said Starry Pie, who is out of the Dixieland Band mare Bundleofstars, has been moved to his farm in Edmond, Okla. He said he is leaning toward breeding her to Successful Appeal, a Grade 2-winning sprinter by Valid Appeal who earned $654,681.

"I've got several of these Successful Appeals, and I sure like them," said Trout. "And the cross is good."

Starry Pie won 4 of 11 starts and $119,050. Her biggest win came in the $50,000 Dixie Miss at Louisiana Downs. Trout said he felt her best race came in the Grade 2 Raven Run at Keeneland last October, when she closed from 12th to finish fifth in the seven-furlong race.

"She came from so far out of it and she just got beat," said Trout. "She just gets beat a length for all of it. She just had such a late kick it was unbelievable."

Starry Pie was an allowance winner last meet at Lone Star.

Strong City solid favorite

Strong City will return to the overnight ranks in the sixth race Sunday, a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. He should rule as a strong favorite following a fourth-place finish in the $60,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge here April 28.

Going Ballistic was third in that race, and on Monday won the $100,000 Pin Oak Stud USA at Lone Star.

Strong City was a 13 1/2-length maiden winner at Remington Park in November, then came back and ran a close third in a starter allowance in his first start of the year Jan. 27. In the Grand Prairie he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 75. The number is the top last-race Beyer in the field Sunday. Quincy Hamilton has the mount on Strong City, a 3-year-old son of Runaway Groom trained by Donnie Von Hemel.

Strong City is a closer, and could get a decent pace setup. Red Thunder, who will break from the rail, set the pace in his last start, as did Viscocity. Also, Precious Colony, who has won his last two starts, is stretching out around two turns following a win over 5 1/2 furlongs last out at Lone Star.

* Waupaca, who finished third in the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup here last Monday, could make his next start in the $50,000 Barksdale Handicap at Louisiana Downs on June 23, said his trainer, Von Hemel. Waupaca, who surpassed the $500,000 mark in earnings with his effort in the Dallas Turf Cup, is a past winner of the Barksdale.

* Cattle Baron, a son of Deputy Commander who races for breeder Clarence Scharbauer Jr., and Spark Plug, a son of Valid Expectations owned by Stonerside Stable, will make their career debuts in Sunday's third race, a five-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-olds bred in Texas.