07/09/2003 11:00PM

Accent on stakes winners


Jockey Don Simington, who swept both stakes last weekend at Louisiana Downs, tries for another Saturday when he rides Distinctive Code at the Bossier City, La., track in the $50,000 Suthern Accent.

The six-furlong race for fillies and mares has drawn a field of eight, including stakes winners Southern Tour, Princess Jen, Cauy, and Taylor's Queen.

Distinctive Code, who won the $100,000 Victoria Lass Handicap at Fair Grounds in March, is unbeaten in two main-track starts at Louisiana Downs, both allowance races at six furlongs. The Suthern Accent will be her first start in six weeks, the time off necessitated by a foot abscess that knocked her out of the $50,000 Miller Lite at Lone Star Park on June 14.

"The abscess seems to have healed, but you never really know until you test them," said Larry Robideaux Jr., who trains Distinctive Code for Billie Courtney.

Robideaux has been pleased with how Distinctive Code has trained for the Suthern Accent, which has been her target for some time. Distinctive Code last raced May 26, and finished third to Grade 1 winner See How She Runs in the $100,000 Valid Expec-tations at Lone Star.

Southern Tour finished fourth in that race, and returned to finish second to Cauy in the Miller Lite, held over soft turf. "She ran a strong race that day," said Cole Norman, who trains Southern Tour for Bellamy Stables. "She just got beat a head bob."

The move back to dirt figures to benefit Southern Tour as her biggest wins have come on dirt, including back-to-back scores in the Carousel at six furlongs at Oaklawn.

Southern Tour and Distinctive Code, who will break to Southern Tour's outside, both are quick, and if a duel were to develop it would benefit Princess Jen. A stakes winner last year at Louisiana Downs, she was a two-length allowance winner in her last start, which came at Prairie Meadows on May 26.

"She came from last turning for home and just blew by them," said her trainer, Ronnie Campisano. "Hopefully, she'll coming running at them late."

Gerard Melancon rides Princess Jen.

Jockey agent dead at 62

Jack Moody, longtime agent for Louisiana Downs-based jockey Tim Doocy, died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 62.

Moody lured Doocy to this region from California, and also brought jockey Pat Steinberg here. Steinberg, who died in a car accident, was a dominant rider at Remington Park.

Doocy has been one of the top riders in the region for years, and during a two week span last month won stakes with Chindi and Bien Nicole.