Clyde Leads Trainers Derby With 45 Hastings Wins
November 8, 2006Terry Clyde scored two winners this past weekend at Hastings Racecourse; Barbara Heads had one. So the countdown continues with just six racing dates remaining on the 2006 calendar and these two veteran trainers focused on making local thoroughbred history.
Clyde currently has 45 wins to her credit compared to 41 for Heads.
Not in the 117-year history of racing in Vancouver has there been a woman win the top trainer’s award. But it’s likely to happen in 2006 with Clyde and Heads far ahead of their nearest male rival, defending champion Gary Demorest with 37 victories this season.
The six remaining dates on this year’s schedule are the Saturday/Sunday back-to-back cards on Nov. 11-12; Nov. 18-19; and Nov. 25-26.
Meantime, True Metropolitan owned by Bob Cheema and trained by Terry Jordan, has arrived in Toronto where he will compete in the $150,000 Woodbine Slots Cup on Nov. 18. Jordan, mixing business with pleasure in Mexico, has relinquished True Metropolitan’s training chores to Lorne Richards for the Slots Cup. Originally from B.C., Richards began his career at Hastings and is currently based at Woodbine.
True Metropolitan wrapped up local divisional honours with a convincing win over Spaghetti Mouse in the Grade III $150,913 B.C. Premiers on Oct. 15. Several racing analysts at Hastings consider True Metropolitan the leading candidate for horse of the year honours in 2006.
Leading jockey Pedro Alvarado with 102 wins this year will be back riding this weekend at Hastings after suffering a minor injury from a gate mishap last week.