07/01/2006 11:00PM

Arapahoe: Absolutely True faces four


Absolutely True suffered a narrow defeat in his latest effort and will attempt to make amends in the Front Range Handicap at Arapahoe. He faces a good group of four other older runners in the $25,000-added race, a seven-furlong event that will be run as the seventh on a nine-race program.

Absolutely True held a clear advantage in late stretch in the Arapahoe Park Sprint on June 11, only to get nailed at the wire by the fast-closing Komax. Absolutely True should benefit from that race, the first of his campaign, and is given a slight edge in Tuesday's competitive affair.

Absolutely True, owned by the Wafer Thoroughbred Ranch, established the course record for six furlongs (1:08.20) in the Arapahoe Park Sprint two summers ago. George Wafer trains Absolutely True, who will carry high weight of 124 pounds with jockey Travis Wales aboard for a return call.

Suspicious Minds, fresh from a second-place finish in Sunray Park's Inaugural Handicap on June 17, appears the main threat. His connections, owner Frank Bemis and trainer David Wolochuk, claimed Suspicious Minds at Bay Meadows last spring for $16,000. Since then he has won 4 of 7 starts, including a pair of lower-level stakes.

Suspicious Minds should attract strong betting support. Jake Barton will ride.

Tejano Jr. and Long Range, third and fourth in the Arapahoe Park Sprint, merit consideration. Each scored a victory at Sunland Park this winter against solid claiming company.