10/20/2007 12:00AM

Cave's Valley all alone this time

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The order of finish may have been identical, but this time Cave's Valley made sure no photo was needed to separate himself from Atoned and Cudjo.

Unlike a month ago in an overnight stakes, when Cave's Valley was all out to finish a nose ahead of Atoned and a neck in front of Cudjo, Saturday's $101,650 Dover at Delaware Park turned out to be a romp.

Sent to the front by jockey Mario Pino after breaking a bit slowly, Cave's Valley ($5.40) turned back a brief challenge from Cudjo and went on to an emphatic 5 3/4-length win to remain unbeaten in three starts.

It was the third win on the card and 5,993rd of his career for Pino, 46, who is close to becoming only the 15th jockey to reach 6,000.

Atoned, a Todd Pletcher-trained colt who was the 6-5 favorite in a field of five 2-year-olds, rallied to overtake Cudjo by a neck for second.

Based in Maryland with trainer Michael Trombetta, Cave's Valley set fractions of 24.64 seconds, 48.86, and 1:12.35 while facing pressure from Cudjo. Cave's Valley, a son of Stephen Got Even owned by Harry and Tom Meyerhoff, shook loose coming into the stretch, opened up a three-length lead at the eighth pole, and widened his advantage while completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.84.