02/15/2009 12:00AM

Not for Silver stays perfect in Capossela

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Not for Silver stepped up in class and stepped up his game with a very professional-looking 1 1/4-length victory in Sunday's $69,850 Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.

The victory was Not for Silver's third from as many starts and showed that he might be more than just capable of beating up on Maryland-based horses.

Under Ramon Dominguez, Not for Silver broke on top but then settled back into third fourth position while Smokin Hero cleared the field and set fractions of 22.82 seconds and 46.81 for the opening half-mile while being chased by Wildcat Brief and The Prince.

Not for Silver launched a three-wide bid around the far turn, came up alongside Smokin Hero and Wildcat Brief entering the stretch, then outfinished Wildcat Brief through the final sixteenth for the victory. Wildcat Brief settled for second, 2 3/4 lengths ahead of The Prince. Pop Artist, Smokin Hero, and Gabriel's Smile completed the order of finish.

Not for Silver, a Maryland-bred son of Not for Love owned by Ted Julio and trained by Michael Trombetta, covered six furlongs in 1:10.38 and returned $4 as the favorite.

"What a wonderful horse to ride," said Dominguez, who won three races on Sunday's card and now has an inner-track meet leading 70. "When it was time to go, he had a great turn of foot in the last part. He's very professional for a young horse like this. I felt pretty confident when I was in second and he took off for me very strong."