07/10/2003 11:00PM

Hidden Truth should relish 10 furlongs


ELMONT, N.Y. - The connections behind Mineshaft, the winner of last Saturday's Suburban, return to Belmont Park on Sunday with Hidden Truth, who looks like the horse to beat in the $150,000 Lexington.

Seven 3-year-old turf males entered the Grade 3 Lexington, a 1 1/4-mile race.

Hidden Truth, who is making his stakes debut, has shown plenty of promise for trainer Neil Howard and his owners, Will Farish and Temple Webber. A son of Danzig out of the Seeking the Gold mare Sneaky Quiet, Hidden Truth has won 3 of 6 career starts. In one of his two turf wins, Hidden Truth defeated Stroll by two lengths at Keeneland in April. Stroll came back and won his next two starts, including last Saturday's Lamplighter at Monmouth.

As is the case for the rest of the field, the distance is a question for Hidden Truth, who has come from off the pace in each of his wins.

"I think a mile and a quarter is within him, although it still remains to be seen," said Howard, who won the Lexington for Farish in 1998 with Parade Ground. "I trained his mother, who ran long and was a nice, hard-knocking filly. So far, he's been doing everything right and it looks like he has a good running style for a mile and a quarter."

Robby Albarado, aboard Mineshaft in the Suburban, rides Hidden Truth, who drew post 4.

Trainer Bobby Frankel saddles Urban King, who was third in his North American debut in the mile La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita in his last start on April 12. Last year, Frankel won the Lexington with Chiselling, who went on to win the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington Park in his next start.

"I entered Urban King on the turf a few times and the races were taken off [the turf]," Frankel said. "He acts like he should get the distance. He got off a little slow in his last start, but he closed good ground."

Edgar Prado rides Urban King, who has been working sharply on both the turf and dirt at Belmont.

Sharp Impact, who hails from the white-hot Kiaran McLaughlin stable, was scheduled to make his turf debut in his last start, but the race was moved to the main track. He won the second-level allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths after setting the pace.

Supervisor last ran in the Belmont Stakes, where he was beaten 25 lengths. He is 1 for 6 on grass. Coalition, Deputy Lad, and Vettriano complete the field.