05/30/2008 12:00AM

Arnett pair both look capable


AURORA, Colo. - Trainer Jon Arnett will saddle a pair of formidable runners in Sunday's $20,000 Arapahoe Park Sprint Handicap. The Arnett trainees Zamnation and Absolutely True, who finished first and second in this six-furlong event last summer, figure to battle it out again.

Absolutely True, off his recent performances, appears to have the upper hand in this go-around. Owned by Wafer Thoroughbred Ranch, Absolutely True is coming of a solid campaign at Sunland Park this winter. He scored by 1 1/2 lengths in the Budweiser Handicap on Feb. 9 in his seasonal debut. That was followed by second-place finishes in the Bill Thomas Memorial on March 15 and a conditioned allowance affair April 15.

Absolutely True won this event back in July of 2004, and the 8-year-old by Is It True has not let up since. Last season he won 5 of his 11 starts and earned $130,000.

Absolutely True was assigned high weight of 124 pounds by the newly appointed racing secretary Stuart Slagle, and will be ridden by Travis Wales.

Zamnation won the Arapahoe Park Sprint a year ago and hasn't started since. The 6-year-old by Zamindar was stabled at Sunland Park this winner and has trained forwardly. Arnett claimed Zamnation for owner Harry Veruchi at Sunland for $15,000. Zamnation will be ridden by Adrian Ramos and carry 118 pounds.

Folsum, who reeled off three victories here last summer, figures to be the main opposition to the Arnett-trained pair. After winning an open allowance affair here on July 7, Folsum scored back to back stakes wins. Folsum, trained by James E. Jones, showed little in his lone start at Sunland Park, which came April 5 against allowance company. But he has posted five consecutive bullet works since. Russell Vicchrilli has the mount aboard Folsum at 118 pounds.