08/15/2008 12:00AM

Regal Isolation must be caught


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Regal Isolation will put his good speed on display when he runs in what appears to be a wide-open race for entry-level allowance 3-year-olds at Hastings on Sunday. The 6 1/2-furlong feature goes as the seventh race and it’s hard to throw out any of the seven horses that have been entered.

Regal Isolation will likely be put right on the lead by jockey Richard Hamel. Trained by Terry Jordan, Regal Isolation drew the rail and Hamel really doesn’t have any other options. Regal Isolation is coming off a fourth-place finish in a $35,000 optional race won by the Visualiser, a 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway who was good enough to place in the Grade 2 Canadian Derby in 2006. This is a much easier spot.

Valdero, who is trained by Troy Taylor, finished third in the above-mentioned race and then fifth in the 1 1/16-mile Count Lathum Handicap at Northlands Park on Aug. 2. A Florida-bred, Valdero began his career with an impressive win in a seven-furlong maiden special weight race for statebreds at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 11, posting a career best 80 Beyer Speed Figure. He hasn’t come close to repeating that figure in five subsequent starts, though.

Trainer Rob VanOverschot put blinkers on Cruzlite for his latest race, and the horse scored an easy 3 1/2-length win over Mr. Gobetween in a maiden special weight race on Aug. 4. The 75 Beyer Speed Figure he posted is easily the best last-race number in the field.