11/05/2004 12:00AM

Fifth Ave. lacks star attraction


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The $125,000 Fifth Avenue, a division of the New York Stallion Stakes, has a history of producing fillies that have had successful careers, including Dat You Miz Blue, Beautiful America, and So Sweet a Cat.

At this stage in their careers, it doesn't look like there are any budding stars among the nine 2-year-olds entered in Sunday's Fifth Avenue at Aqueduct.

The main contenders are . Karakorum Splendor, a daughter of A. P Jet, finished a well-beaten second in the one-mile Maid of the Mist 15 days ago at Belmont. A return to six furlongs, the distance at which Karakorum Splendor won her maiden by 13 1/2 lengths, should be a bonus for the Jimmy Jerkens-trained filly.

Trained by Howie Tesher, Brassy Boots defeated males at Saratoga in the mud Aug. 29. The second- and third-place finishers, Up Like Thunder and Pelham Bay, each returned to win his next start.

Earlier in the summer, Brassy Boots finished third in a maiden race that was won by Balletto, the runner-up in last weekend's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Lone Star Park.

In her last start, Brassy Boots finished fourth in the Joseph A. Gimma at Belmont on Oct. 3. She was beaten 5 1/4 lengths by Megascape.

Tesher isn't offering any excuses for the performance.

"It was unexplainable," he said. "This field might be a little easier."

Avery Hall won her debut by two lengths over a next-out winner at The Meadowlands on Oct. 9. She was cross-entered in Friday night's $67,000 New Jersey Futurity filly division at The Meadowlands. Trainer Cynthia Reese said Friday morning that Avery Hall may run instead in the Fifth Avenue.

Queecy Lake makes her first start for trainer Gary Contessa after an 11 3/4-length maiden win at Finger Lakes.

Ms. Litigator's last race could be a toss-out because it was run in the mud. She finished seventh in the Lady Fingers Stakes at Finger Lakes on Aug. 21. Her races on fast tracks are better.