05/07/2013 4:49PM

Louisiana Downs: Big comeback for Simington

Don Simington, sidelined for months by a broken collarbone, rode six winners last weekend.

Jockey Don Simington made a big comeback over opening weekend at Louisiana Downs, winning six races to lead the first round of standings with Richard Eramia. The mounts were among Simington’s first since breaking his left collarbone last October at Delta Downs.

Simington, 50, underwent surgery to place a plate and nine screws in the collarbone, which he broke for the third time in his career when a horse he was riding fell with him on Oct. 20.

“She went straight down,” Simington said. “A lot of horses will bobble, give you a little indication something is wrong, but she went straight to the ground. I remember riding, then hitting the ground, and I don’t remember anything else.”

Simington’s first official mount back came at Evangeline Downs on April 26, but he had been getting on horses since Louisiana Downs opened for training in early April.

“Instead of riding at Evangeline and [Lone Star], I wanted to stay here and work horses, get in with the people I’d be with all summer,” Simington said.

“I really didn’t know what to expect opening weekend. Talking to the people I’d always ridden for, I felt like I had business. But you never know what’s going to get in, and how it’s all going to go. I was very pleased with opening weekend.”

Simington’s first winner since the spill came in the third race last Friday at Louisiana Downs, one of three winners he would end up having on the first card of the season. Simington has won three titles at the track and also has been the leading rider at Sam Houston and Turf Paradise.