08/18/2006 11:00PM

'Park Avenue' holds on in Iselin

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Bill Denver / EQUI-PHOTOS
After opening a clear lead in upper stretch, Park Avenue Ball has just enough left to win.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Park Avenue Ball scored a win for the home team with a three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 3, $265,000 Saturday at Monmouth Park.

A New Jersey-bred 4-year-old, Park Avenue Ball got his first victory in four tries at the 1 1/8-mile distance, stopping the clock in 1:49.73 on the fast track before a crowd of 10,621.

The Park Avenue Ball ($4.80) team are New Jersey-bred through-and-through. Jockey Chris DeCarlo, trainer Jim Ryerson, and owners Marianne and Charlie Hesse all hail from the Garden State.

Park Avenue Ball had an ideal trip in the Iselin. Restless in the starting gate, he broke alertly and settled in second behind Sinister G, who opened a four-length lead.

Sinister G hit the wall midway on the final turn, and Park Avenue Ball was the first to pounce. He opened a 1 1/2-length lead at the top of the lane, a cushion he needed as Survivalist and Master Command made late runs.

"He runs the turns really well, and when you ask him, he accelerates," DeCarlo said. "He was able to get away from them turning for home, and that made all the difference."

Park Avenue Ball improved his record at Monmouth to 6 wins in 9 starts. Last season, Park Avenue Ball won the Grade 3 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes and finished third in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.

Survivalist edged out Master Command by a head for the place spot. Sinister G was fourth, followed by Network, Sinners N Saints, Tap Day, and Zoffinger.

Marcavelly stays undefeated

Marcavelly pulled away from the pack with an explosive move at the top of the stretch to capture the $65,000 Continental Mile for 2-year-olds on the turf.

Marcavelly ($3.20) is unbeaten in two starts for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. A son of Johannesburg, he made his debut at Belmont Park on July 15 with an easy seven-length win.

He added Lasix for his stakes debut Saturday, and the result was another impressive victory.

Kept off the early pace by Eddie Castro, Marcavelly ranged into contention on the final turn and bided his time until the rider gave the signal at the eighth pole. Marcavelly immediately sprinted away to win under wraps by 3 1/2 lengths.

"I just kept him clear all the way," Castro said. "I never hit him. When I called on him, he took off from there. He's a very nice horse and very easy to ride."

Daytona was second with Domenick's Dune third.

The time was 1:36.66 on the firm course.

Miss Woodford goes to Chandelle No. Five

Chandelle No. Five switched from turf to dirt to upset the $70,000 Miss Woodford Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Chandelle No. Five ($21.60) ran the six furlongs in 1:10.42 with Alan Garcia aboard.

The winner, trained by Joan Scott, improved her career record to 4 wins in 6 starts. Chandelle No. Five prepped for the Miss Woodford by winning a grass sprint at Colonial Downs.

Rounding the turn, Chandelle No. Five was in the middle of a three-way duel with Pure Disco on the rail and Yachats, the 6-5 favorite, to her outside.

Chandelle No. Five was the only member of the trio to press on. She drew off to a 4 1/4-length win over Hailie's Girl, who rallied from last in the six-horse field. New Hope Seven was third.

"She's just so honest," Scott said. "That's what we love about this filly."