05/14/2003 11:00PM

Gamblin Caper finally gets to run


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Terry Jordan hasn't been able to run Gamblin Caper since the Hastings meet began April 21, but it hasn't been for lack of trying. Gamblin Caper, who was claimed for $25,000 out of his last start at Santa Anita Feb. 17, had been entered three times before Saturday, when he will run in a $50,000 optional race for 3-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Jordan entered Gamblin Caper, a speedy son of Town Cape, in two allowance races opening weekend, but neither race drew enough horses to be carded. So he decided to give Gamblin Caper a shot against stakes horses in the President's Handicap at Stampede Park last Saturday, and although the race filled, heavy snowfall forced its cancellation.

"They actually ran on Sunday but it didn't matter to us because we got turned back when we reached Revelstoke, which is about halfway there," Jordan said. "The same weather that hit Calgary shut down the highway, so we were forced to come home."

Gamblin Caper will likely be odds-on when he faces four others in Saturday's feature, race 4. With three wins, including a nine-length victory last out, he's the only horse in the field with more than a single win. He's worked brilliantly since arriving here and earned a bullet with an extremely fast half-mile in 46.20 seconds in his last work May 12.

"He's a nice horse and he's ready," said Jordan. Nicola Wright rides Gamblin Caper.

Prince Georgi showed potential with a front-running win over $35,000 maidens in his debut April 27, but is facing a stiffer test here.