11/26/2009 12:00AM

Regal Solo should get his track at Laurel


Regal Solo is winless in five starts on wet tracks, which might explain why he could do no better than rally for third from far back in both the Maryland Million Classic and the Find Handicap.

Given the opportunity to race on a fast track, which he should get based on the local weather forecast, Regal Solo figures to run a much better race in Saturday's $50,000 Jennings Handicap for Maryland-breds at Laurel Park.

In contrast to his 0-for-5 record when the footing is sloppy, muddy, or good, Regal Solo owns a nice 4-for-12 record racing on fast main tracks. He is also making his first start following a brief layoff for a trainer Damon Dilodovico, who shows an 8-for-22 mark (36 percent) over the past two years with dirt runners returning in a route following a break of 31 to 60 days, according to DRF's Formulator.

Dilodovico claimed the 4-year-old Regal Solo for $40,000 in August with an eye on running him against restricted company in the Maryland Million Classic. He gets a rider switch to Jeremy Rose for the Jennings.

Regal Solo's two main rivals in the 1 1/8-mile Jennings, Sarto and Broadway Producer, both perform better when the track is something other than fast.

Sarto, who improved his record on off tracks to 3 for 6 by winning last month's Find in the slop, is just 1 for 9 on fast tracks.

Broadway Producer, who was cross-entered in Friday night's $65,000 Alysheba at the Meadowlands, is only 1 for 8 on fast dirt, though that victory came in last year's Jennings. He has been off since surrendering the lead in deep stretch and finishing fourth in the Maryland Million Classic two months ago.

The X factor in the six-horse field is the 3-year-old Target Sighted, who has yet to race on a fast track in five career starts. Last time out, Target Sighted was beaten 2 1/4 lengths in the Find, and he has steadily improved his Beyer Speed Figures in each start, rising from a 61 in his career debut to an 86 in the Find.