08/18/2004 11:00PM

Delaware: Pair rounding into form


Distinct Vision and Country Be Gold, two of the best horses on the grounds at Delaware Park last season, may be peaking just in time for Saturday's $50,000 Gate Dancer Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for older horses.

A year ago, Distinct Vision won 6 of 12 starts and set a Delaware track record by running a mile and 70 yards in 1:39.20. Country Be Gold won 3 of 7 starts in 2003, including last fall's Kelso Handicap at Delaware with a 104 Beyer.

Both horses have had their troubles this year, however. The 4-year-old Distinct Vision was dull in his first two starts before wiring three rivals in a $75,000 claiming race last time out.

The 7-year-old Country Be Gold began this season with six consecutive losses, but showed signs of life when he closed from off the pace to win a 1 1/8-mile allowance race on Aug. 9, earning a 103 Beyer.

Trainer Reynaldo Nobles has cross-entered Country Be Gold in Saturday's $200,000 Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park.