09/08/2005 11:00PM

Clyde in position to make history


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Terry Clyde has reached the top of the trainer standings at Hastings and leads a strong list of female trainers here, including Barb Heads, Cindy Krasner, Toni Jacobson Cloutier, and Janet Armstrong.

Clyde, 43, is on a roll right now, and with 27 wins she is tied with Gary Demorest for the lead in the trainer standings. There is still a lot of racing left, but Clyde is in a good position to become the first woman to earn leading trainer honors at Hastings.

Clyde has 24 horses in training. Her best horse is Lukin Awesome, who is being pointed to the Jack Diamond Futurity on Oct. 2. Her favorite horse and her first stakes winner, Backseat Becka, will be one of the favorites in the fourth race Sunday.

"I'm having a great year, but I have a lot of 2-year-olds, so I don't think I'll be able to keep up the pace," said Clyde. "Actually, I haven't been keeping track of my wins, but my girlfriends are pretty excited and keep telling me where I stand."

Backseat Becka, who is owned by Clyde, will be running for a $65,000 tag Sunday. Although it's very unlikely that Backseat Becka will be claimed, Clyde said she would be upset if it happened. She is also a realist, though, and $65,000 would help ease a lot of the pain of losing a horse. Backseat Becka earned $102,599 and was the champion 2-year-old filly in British Columbia last year. Clyde used Backseat Becka's earnings recently to purchase a house.

"We're just trying to get her confidence back up," she said of entering Backseat Becka for a tag. "And we also wanted to get her back sprinting. Really, for all she's done for us, I don't care if she never won another race. I would hate to lose her, but I really don't think anyone would claim her for that price."

Clyde has done very well with her 2-year-olds over the past few years, and for the third year in a row she will have a live horse running in the richest race for 2-year-olds at Hastings, the Jack Diamond Futurity. Lukin Awesome is coming off two very game wins in stakes races and has to be considered the favorite for the Futurity.

"He's doing really well now," said Clyde. "I'll probably work him Sunday, and if all goes well he'll make his next start in the Futurity."

Clyde gives a lot of credit for her success with 2-year-olds to her common-law husband, Mike Anderson.

"I'm not that crazy about working with babies," she said. "It's a lot of work, and then only about half of them even start. Mike enjoys it, though, and we make a good team. He focuses on the babies, and I'm more at home claiming older horses and patching them up at the farm."

Clyde said she figures she's going to be very busy with 2-year-olds in the future, though. Her father, Doug Clyde, and Anderson are starting to get more involved in breeding horses. Doug Clyde recently purchased a Storm Cat stallion, Storm Victory.

"His first crop are weanlings now and they look pretty good," she said. "I think he bred 35 mares last year. I'm going to leave most of the breeding up to them, though. I can't see putting all that time and money into a horse and then selling him at a sale for what could be a cheap price."

Clyde might not be able to keep up with Demorest for the rest of the year, but for now she said she is happy with the way the year has gone.

"It's been a very busy year, and I can't believe the summer is almost over," she said. "But I've really enjoyed it when I've had the time, and I just hope my good fortune continues."

Delta Colleen gets 19 nominees

The Delta Colleen, which goes next Saturday, is the final prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 Ballerina on Oct. 15. Both races are shaping up to have full fields. Regal Red heads the list of 19 fillies and mares that were nominated to the Delta Colleen, and trainer Dave Forster has nominated and plans to run a formidable three-horse entry.

All three horses - Socorro County, Gold Accent, and Summer Symphony - are 4-year-olds who have won stakes races this year. They all worked Friday morning, and Forster said he was pleased with the way they were coming into the race.

"It figures to be a tough race, but that's to be expected, considering it's the final prep for the Ballerina," he said.

Forster also said that his other stakes-winning 4-year-old filly, Overact, has been retired and will be sold at the Keeneland November sale. Overact retired with $151,806 in earnings. Her biggest win came in the $100,000 Sonoma Stakes last year.

Lord Nelson going back to work

Lord Nelson, who hasn't raced since winning the John Longden 6000 on June 4, is scheduled to work Saturday morning. According to trainer Dino Condilenios, Lord Nelson should make his next start in the Sir Winston Churchill on Sept. 24.

"He's training great right now," said Condilenios. "He should be ready for the Churchill, and if all goes well he'll run back in the Premiers."

The $100,000 Premiers is scheduled for Oct. 16.

Lord Nelson was the horse of the year in British Columbia last year.