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Love and luck on the program at Hanover Saturday
July 20, 2005
By Sandra Snyder

HANOVER, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes nights are always a special occasion at Hanover Raceway, but this Saturday’s two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event will be the setting for a extraordinary celebration for one local couple and their family.

“I’m taking my wife’s aunt and uncle over Saturday. They were married 70 years on the fourth of July,” says Douglas Beckett, whose Clara Moon will compete in the fourth race Saturday. “I’m really looking forward to taking them to the races.”

With Clara Moon heading into Saturday’s event off an impressive 1:58 victory in the Grassroots season opener at Flamboro Downs, there is even a chance that Hanover residents Gus and Hilda Heldt will have an opportunity to record their platinum wedding anniversary with a photo session in front of the grandstand.

“It’s her hometown track, that always helps,” notes Beckett, who bred the Dexter Nukes daughter. “She’s got a few problems, but she’s got a big heart.”

The roan filly and trainer-driver Terry Fritz sat off the pace in the July 10 season opener, and then circled the field with a bold move at the three-quarter pole. A sharp finishing kick propelled Clara Moon to the one and three-quarter length win on a sultry summer evening that heralded the arrival of last week’s heat wave.

“Man it was hot down there,” recalls the Tara resident. “But she seemed to be all right, and she came out of it good.”

Clara Moon is the last foal P V Reta produced for Beckett, and if she continues to succeed in the Grassroots program she could propel herself to the top of the family’s money earning list, surpassing $77,764 winner Uncle Hughie.

“We’ve had others, but they’ve never done anything. She’s the best one I’ve got,” says Beckett of P V Reta’s progeny. “I sold the mare, I was getting disgusted with grey horses.

“Besides, I figured that was the only way I was going to get a world champion,” he adds, tongue in cheek.

Walkerton resident Fritz will pilot Clara Moon from Post 3 in Race 4 Saturday, taking on three veterans of the Grassroots season opener, three newcomers to the Ontario Sires Stakes program and one filly who started her career in the Gold Series.

Hanover Raceway fans will get their chance to cheer on the talented two-year-old pacing fillies starting at 7:25 pm on Saturday and continuing in Races 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

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