05/21/2010 11:00PM

Simington longshot king of the Louisiana Cup


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Jockey Don Simington was a hero for longshot players Saturday at Louisiana Downs. He won two of the six stakes on Louisiana Cup Day with bombers, taking the $100,000 Oaks with 33-1 shot Debris, and the $100,000 Distaff with 19-1 outsider Vickies in Town.

"Anytime you have a big day like this and it goes well for you, it's just icing on the cake," Simington said. "It was just a perfect day."

Louisiana Cup Day was moved from its traditional August date to May and the weather conditions were ideal. It was breezy and in the 80's, with the sun-splashed crowd enjoying both racing and carnival rides that were part of a local fair held on the track's grounds. The Louisiana Cup stakes were restricted to Louisiana-breds, and total purses for the races, including two rich starter allowances, totaled more than $600,000.

Simington's big afternoon started when Debris ($69.20), in her first start after being claimed for $20,000, dueled and prevailed by a half-length in the seven-furlong Oaks.

"She was game," said Simington, who aboard for Israel Flores Horses and trainer Tony Richey. "She gutted it out. She never, ever gave up."

Debris, which won the race she was claimed from, covered the distance on a fast track in 1:22.96.

In the Distaff, Vickies in Town($41.20) rallied for a two-length win for owner-trainer Ray Spencer. She was moving back to turf off a ninth-place finish to Superior Storm in the $100,000 Distaff at Delta Downs in February and the surface switch made a difference, said Simington.

"She ran a huge race here on the turf last year," he said, "and I had the perfect trip. I couldn't have drawn it up on paper any better."

Simington has won the last two riding titles at Louisiana Downs.

In the $100,000 Turf Classic, Snug stalked and pounced for a length and a half win over favorite Snakebite Kit. It was another half-length back in third to Kissimmee Kyle.

Snug, who was ridden by Gerard Melancon, covered the mile and a sixteenth on firm turf in 1:43.15.

"The race set up pretty good for us," said Jim Hudson, who trains Snug for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable. "There was a lot of speed out in front where he could sit there in about third or fourth, which he likes to do.

"Gerard knew what the horse likes, he's been on him before, so everything worked out good."

Hudson said Snug ($9) would be pointed for the Louisiana Showcase program at Evangeline Downs on July 3.

Double for Hodges

Trainer Jim Hodges won two stakes on the card, with Dynapac ($10) closing for a two-length win in the $100,000 Derby and Foreign Production ($5.40) leading throughout in the $60,000 Sprint. Richard Eramia rode Dynapac, who covered seven furlongs in 1:23.01 for Pop-A-Top Stable. Carlos Gonzalez was aboard Foreign Production, who took quick command of the Sprint and went on to win by two and a quarter lengths over the late-running Flashy Wise Cat. The winner races for Foxwood Plantation.

* Warrior Maid ($8.20) rolled to a length and a quarter win over Sax Appeal in the $60,000 Filly and Mare Sprint. Curt Bourque was aboard for Russell Welch and trainer Eric Heitzmann.