03/18/2009 11:00PM

Not for Silver tries to stretch his speed


Not for Silver, unbeaten in three starts while sprinting, stretches out beyond six furlongs for the first time in Saturday's $50,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park.

The Private Terms, contested at one mile around one turn, goes as race 9 and also is the first leg of this week's Magna 5. The race, which serves as a prep for the 1 1/8-mile Federico Tesio at Pimlico on May 2, drew a field of nine 3-year-olds.

Not for Silver, one of four Triple Crown nominees in the Private Terms, was given a five-week break by trainer Mike Trombetta after winning the six-furlong Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes over Aqueduct's inner track. His 94 Beyer Speed Figure exceeds the par of 90 for the last eight runnings of the Private Terms.

The Capossela may turn out to be a key race. The only horse to have run since then, last-place finisher Gabriel's Smile, won an allowance in New York with an 83 Beyer.

According to DRF's Formulator, Trombetta does well with horses making their first attempt at a route following a layoff of 31 to 60 days, showing a 5-for-19 (26 percent) record the last five years. Although Trombetta is just 1 for 6 in stakes with horses stretching out to a route off a win, that small sampling includes two other seconds, one in which Now a Victor lost the 2007 Grade 3 Pegasus by just a neck.

Rock On Justin, riding a three-race winning streak that includes last month's seven-furlong Miracle Wood, and Tone It Down, wheeling back one week after posting by far the best Beyer of his career, are the prime threats if Not for Silver falters.

Rock On Justin earned an 84 Beyer for his win in the Miracle Wood and indicated he's still in sharp form with a best-of-41 four-furlong workout in 46.60 seconds a week ago.

Tone It Down, a dominant maiden winner over the course in mid-January, recorded an 87 Beyer finishing second in a first-level optional $50,000 claimer last weekend.

All of the others would have to run substantially faster than they have so far in their careers to reach the Beyer par.