10/11/2003 12:00AM

Delaware: Capejinsky draws clear


Capejinsky had nowhere to run for the first six furlongs of the one-mile Dover Stakes at Delaware Park. Once a hole opened on the rail, however, Capejinsky was long gone.

One of only two horses in a field of eight 2-year-old colts who had raced beyond six furlongs, Capejinsky ($7.20) displayed his superiority in the stretch by drawing off to a 4 3/4-length win in the $100,000 Dover. He covered the distance over a fast track in 1:39.44.

Jockey Ricardo Valdes said he simply had to remain patient when Capejinsky, breaking from the rail, was hemmed in while Tym Beau set a slow pace of 1:14.87 through six furlongs.

"I was just looking for room because I knew I had a lot of horse," Valdes said. "Once we got through, he opened up the way he is supposed to do."

Trainer Mike Gorham agreed.

"Every race he seems to just get better and better and the distance helps a lot," Gorham said. "When he can settle he usually finishes strong. Longer is his best game."

Gorham said he is uncertain where Capejinsky, who has been first or second in each of his five career starts, will run next.