08/05/2004 11:00PM

Clyde as shocked as anyone after win

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Tears were flowing by the bucket when trainer Terry Clyde greeted 2-year-old filly Backseat Becka in the winner's circle following her upset victory in the B.C. Cup Debutante last Monday at Hastings. It was Clyde's first stakes win at a major track, and the enormity of the situation caught up with her.

"I was just kind of overwhelmed," she said. "I was actually surprised she won the race, and just about everyone in the stands heard me shouting, 'Get up for third, get up for third' when she started making her move on the turn. It's a little different winning a stakes race."

Backseat Becka, who was ridden by Dave Wilson, was the second-longest shot in the race and paid $60.20 for the win. Like most of the people in attendance, Clyde thought that the favorites, After the Knight and Slewpast, would be tough to beat. If she had been watching the battle going on up front between those two, Clyde might have realized that her horse had a much better chance than she thought.

"I was just watching my horse, so I had no idea how fast they were going up front," she said. "All I saw was that she was a little rank and that she got in a little tight going into the first turn. Davie did a great job of getting her to relax and settle into the race."

Clyde has been training horses for 14 years and comes from a racing family. Her late mother, Heather, was a trainer, and her father, Doug, also holds a trainer's license. Plus, her partner, Mike Anderson, is a capable trainer, but currently works as the outrider at Hastings.

"We all kind of work together," said Clyde. "Dad mostly takes care of the horses at the farm and Mike and I work with them when they're at the track, although lately Mike's been pretty busy with young horses at his farm. So far it's working out pretty good."

Clyde has solid numbers, with 301 wins from 2,158 career starts, and last year she finished fifth in the standings with 26 wins. This year, she is tied for seventh with 10 wins. She has mostly had claiming horses in her stable, but she trained the good allowance filly Okanagan Dawn and also had a couple of 2-year-olds place in stakes last year - Perfect Illusion and a horse she bred and owned, Leavuwithasmile. After Leavuwithasmile finished third in the Jack Diamond Futurity, Clyde ran him in a $20,000 claiming race, where he won and was claimed.

"That was okay," she said. "I didn't think he was going to be a stakes horse at 3, and I wanted to buy a house."

Clyde was right about Leavuwithasmile. He was sent to Woodbine, where he has gone winless in three starts. In his last start he finished third in a $20,000 claiming race on July 14.

Clyde is still looking for a house, and as half-owner of Backseat Becka, she should now be able to afford a sizable down payment.

Clyde wasn't sure where Backseat Becka would run next, but the $40,000 Lassie on Aug. 22 is a possibility.

Longacres Mile next for Metatron

The most impressive performance on B.C. Cup Day was by Metatron in the Outsider Purse. He sped 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.41, almost equaling the track record of 1:42.20.

"That was a big race for him," said trainer John Snow. "Amazingly enough, he seems to be peaking at the right time. He came up from California with a lot of baggage, but he's going great right now."

According to Snow, Metatron will make his next start in the Longacres Mile on Aug. 22 at Emerald Downs. Snow is substituting for his father, Mel, who has been suspended for 15 days due to a positive test for Butazolidin, an anti-inflammatory drug, following Metatron's win in an allowance race July 18.

Forster sending two to Northlands for Sonoma

Trainer David Forster is shipping a few horses out of town for their next races. Socorro County and Overact, two good 3-year-old fillies, are heading to Northlands Park to run in the $100,000 Sonoma Stakes on Aug. 14. Forster had entered Socorro County in the fillies division of the Stallion Stakes, won by Regal Red, on B.C. Cup Day but scratched her in order to run in the Sonoma.

"We've seen enough of Regal Red," he said. "Plus, it figures to be an easier spot for twice as much money."

Forster also shipped Treasured Friend to Emerald to prepare for the $100,000 Emerald Breeders' Cup Derby on Sept. 6.

"There's nothing for him at either Hastings or Emerald, and hopefully we can find a race for him before then," said Forster.

Treasured Friend hasn't started since winning the Jim Coleman Province Stakes on July 18.