07/01/2007 11:00PM

Takeittothebank now ready


Takeittothebank prepped and ready for Front RangeP

AURORA, Col. - Takeittothebank, a winner of three straight derbies in Colorado and New Mexico last season, tops a competitive field in the $25,000 Front Range Stakes here on the Fourth of July.

Last year, Takeittothebank won the Colorado Derby and Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association Derby here and the Albuquerque Derby before being beaten in the Woodlands Derby in his final start of the season. In his only race this year, Takeittothebank was beaten three-quarters of a length by Cut of Music in the June 18 Aspen Stakes here. Orlando Martinez has a return call from trainer Kenneth Gleason in the seven-furlong Front Range.

Cut of Music, winner of the Front Range last season, and Absolutely True, impressive winner of an allowance test June 23, figure to be the main threats to Takeittothebank.

Cut of Music shipped here from Canterbury Park for the Aspen and posted a three-quarter-length, off-the-pace score over Takeitothebank. In his prior start at Canterbury, the 7-year-old was reclaimed for $25,000 by his present connections, the Chalk West stable and trainer Kevin Eikleberry. Cut of Music has fared well at seven furlongs throughout his career. He will again be ridden by Ry Eikleberry.

Absolutely True romped in an allowance in his most recent start. That win followed a runner-up effort in the Arapahoe Park Sprint here June 3. Absolutely True, trained by this meet's leader, Jon Arnet, will be seeking his third score of the year. He was most impressive at Sunland Park this spring defeating a solid group of conditioned allowance runners on April 24. Leading rider Travis Wales has a return call.