05/28/2001 12:00AM

Pavillon scores upset


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Joe Bravo displayed his dominance of the Monmouth Park turf in the Grade 3 $150,000 Red Bank Handicap Monday, riding Pavillon to an upset over a soft turf at 20-1 before a crowd of 17,741.

A Marty Wolfson-trained 7-year-old, Pavillon ran the one-mile race in 1:36.20, crossing the wire a neck in front of Western Summer. Pavillon is a three-time Grade 1 winner in Brazil.

He earned $90,000 for Rio Aventura Stables in the Red Bank, and improved his record to 7-6-4 in 28 starts.

"I've been following this horse for several years," Wolfson said. "I followed his career, and . . . I got him six months ago."

The Red Bank was run as the only turf race of the weekend, as the other grass races were all switched to the main track.

Pavillon swung five-wide turning for home and got up just in time, as the Bill Mott-trained Western Summer, ridden by Aaron Gryder, made his run to the inside of the winner. Runspastum, trained by Alan Goldberg, had no running room the entire stretch, and surged through an opening for show. The exacta paid $227.

The 2-1 favorite Inexplicable finished a non-threatening ninth.