Park Avenue Ball, a millionaire and grade II winner, has been retired from racing. Plans call for him to enter stud.
A 5-year-old son of Citidancer, Park Avenue Ball won or placed in 16 of 25 races and earned $1,049,360.
"It was a case of wear and tear," said owner Marianne Hesse. "He showed up for every race at a number of different tracks. We feel he deserves a chance at stud."
Park Avenue Ball raced as a homebred for Hesse and her late husband, Charles, in the name Char-Mari Stable. Trained by James Ryerson, Park Avenue Ball won six stakes, including the Futurity (gr. II) and Long Branch Breeders' Cup (gr. III) Stakes and the Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III). He earned four New Jersey championships, including Horse of the Year in 2005.
Bred by C.J. Hesse, Park Avenue Ball is out of the winning Cahill Road mare Road to the Ball.