02/13/2009 12:00AM

Not for Silver looks to go 3 for 3


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With stakes action at three tracks and horses to look at in Ocala, Fla., trainer Michael Trombetta will be a man on the move this Presidents Day weekend.

Perhaps his best chance to win one of the four stakes he is in this weekend is Not for Silver, who heads a competitive seven-horse field entered in Sunday's $65,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Aqueduct.

Not for Silver, a Maryland-bred son of Not for Love, has won his first two starts impressively. He debuted last Oct. 9 at Laurel and, after breaking slowly, he rated nicely before displaying a strong closing kick to win by 4 1/2 lengths. The second- and third-place finishers from that race have each come back to win twice since.

Sore shins prevented Not for Silver from making his second start until Jan. 15 when he rolled to a 6 1/4-length first-level allowance win in a race in which he stalked a strong early pace, then scampered home a much-the-best winner.

"I was concerned he wouldn't be ready for the one off the layoff, but he came running," said Trombetta, who also has horses in stakes at Tampa and Laurel this weekend. "He's learning like any other young horse. He's pretty handy, he'll run at horses, he'll do whatever you want him to do."

Not for Silver should get a good stalking trip under Ramon Dominguez from post 6.

The horse Not for Silver figures to stalk is Smokin Hero, who enters the Capossela off a 12o3/4-length score in a New York-bred first-level allowance race on Jan. 7. His connections worked him twice at seven furlongs in hopes of trying to stretch him out in distance. Those works convinced trainer Allen Iwinski to keep him sprinting.

"He hasn't shown us he wants to go on," Iwinski said. "We're on the rail, Chucky [Lopez] is on the horse, I don't think it's going to be any surprise what's going to unfold."

Wildcat Brief is likely to show some speed as well under Stewart Elliott. Wildcat Brief is trained by Ben Perkins Jr., who has won this race four times.

Pop Artist showed good speed in his debut last October at Belmont before breaking slowly when third to Taqarub - the subsequent Jimmy Winkfield winner - in a first-level allowance race in December.

The coupled entry of The Prince and Fellow Crasher, second and third, respectively, in the Winkfield, and the undefeated West Virginia shipper Gabriel's Smile complete the field.