06/24/2003 12:00AM

Bold Truth has ability to fire fresh


ELMONT, N.Y. - Bold Truth, a son of Seattle Slew who has shown brilliance at times in his career, will try to regain his winning form Thursday at Belmont Park when he runs in a $47,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds-and-up who have never won three races.

This will be the second start for Bold Truth since coming back from surgery to remove chips from an ankle. In his first start, he finished fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths in a seven-furlong race at Keeneland in April. He arrived at Belmont in late May and has two moderate five-furlong breezes over the main track.

"He was [fourth] against some really tough ones, he ran a good race,'' said Donna Ward, the assistant and wife of trainer John Ward. "He's a nice colt. He may need this one, but he's had two nice works up here.''

While this will be Bold Truth's first start in 74 days, he has shown the ability to fire off the bench in the past. On April 13, 2002, he won his maiden by 8 3/4 lengths at Keeneland, his first start in 7 1/2 months. He had another seven weeks between starts when he won an entry-level allowance at Churchill a year ago. Both times he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 98.

Last August, at Saratoga, Bold Truth ran a respectable third in the Grade 2 Amsterdam, a race from which he emerged with a lung infection. Thursday, Jorge Chavez will ride Bold Truth from post 4.

The complexion of the race will change depending on what Bobby Frankel does with Ghostzapper, a surprise last-minute entry. It was just six days ago that Ghostzapper, coming off a six-month layoff, rallied from last to win an entry-level allowance by 3 1/4 lengths, earning a 102 Beyer Speed Figure. Ghostzapper is entered along with Make My Dayjur, and with Javier Castellano named on both, only one may run.

Earlier this week, when asked what he was thinking of doing next with Ghostzapper, Frankel mentioned simply training him up to the King's Bishop, a Grade 1 race run at Saratoga on Aug. 23.

Our Summer Storm is a must-use in the exotics. A 4-year-old son of Summer Squall, Our Summer Storm has finished second in each of his last four starts, including to Strong Hope in a second-level allowance race on Belmont Day. Two starts back, on May 15, when he last ran at seven furlongs, Our Summer Storm was beaten only a neck. Private City, the third-place finisher from that race, came back to win.