With Maryland's hottest jockey upon him and its hottest stable behind him, Silano ran the hottest mile of Laurel's four-month meeting yesterday in winning the $56,200 Capitol Handicap.

Displaying the form that made him one of the top Maryland-bred juveniles two years ago, Silano dusted eight rivals, beating favored Rollodka by five lengths in 1:35 2/5, one second off the track record. His trainer, 25-year-old Dale Capuano, has won eight of his last 17 races to take sole possession of fifth place in Laurel's standings. And his jockey, Kent Desormeaux, racked up four more winners yesterday, giving him 80 this year. Desormeaux is on a pace for 563 victories this year; Chris McCarron set the single-year record with 546 winners.

Silano never had won at a mile, but Capuano knew the 4-year-old gelding had the potential to succeed beyond six furlongs. After he won a stakes race for Maryland-breds as a 2-year-old, Silano finished a close third to highly regarded Demons Begone. But following that performance, bone chips were discovered in one of Silano's ankles; they were removed, and his juvenile season was finished.

He returned to racing in 1987, a different horse. Capuano tried him in sprint races, route races, turf races, but Silano failed to win in his first nine starts of the year.

"He was sound, he just wasn't himself mentally," Capuano said. "The only thing I could think of was to send him back to the farm."

Four months later, Silano returned to Laurel. He finished fifth in a $50,000 claiming race, then won consecutive allowance sprints. Yesterday, he had the kind of performance Capuano had envisioned two years ago.

Desormeaux had Silano about two lengths behind the leader, Baldski's Choice, as the field straightened into the backstretch. Ron Franklin, meanwhile, brought Rollodka from the post to the rail, and by the five-eighths pole began to move inside Silano.

"I saw him there, I wanted to keep him on the fence," Desormeaux said. "I figured if {Baldski's Choice} got tired, I could go around him."

That opportunity arose around the final turn, as Silano moved abreast of Baldski's Choice entering the stretch and pulled ahead. Franklin then swung Rollodka outside and passed Baldski's Choice with a furlong to go, but he had no chance to catch Silano.

"My horse ran his race," Franklin said of Rollodka, who brought a three-race winning streak into the Capitol and carried high weight of 118. "We got to the rail and we saved ground, but the winner was just too much for us."

Rollodka won a photo finish for second over Dancing Hic, who outlasted Balthazar B. by a nose. Trainer Paul McGee's hopes for a victory in his first stakes race faded when Balthazar B. was forced wide around the final turn.

With his victory -- worth $36,563 to Philip and Constance Capuano, Dale's parents -- Silano has earned almost as much in three starts this year as he did in 12 starts last year.

"He won too easily," trainer Capuano said to Desormeaux after the victory. "Now, he's going to pick up too much weight {in handicap races}."

If so, Capuano is awaiting the challenge. He said Silano is pointed for the $40,000-added J. Edgar Hoover Handicap at Pimlico two weeks hence.