MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (December 14, 2013) – Silverton Hill LLC’s Simmstown held off two late-running rivals to earn his first career stakes victory with a win in Saturday’s $75,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap at Calder Casino & Race Course.

The Martin D. Wolfson-trained Simmstown broke from the outside with jockey Edgard Zayas aboard for the 6 ½-furlong race and quickly raced four-wide at the pace as Fort Loudon took control from This Is She with Black Diamond Cat to the inside of Simmstown shortly into the race. While This Is She dropped back and Black Diamond Cat remained behind Fort Loudon, Simmstown advanced and took over the lead around the far turn and never relented, holding off the late-running Imperial Czar and Close It Out on the outside to win by one and one-quarter lengths, while Fort Loudon held on for fourth.

“The game plan for the race was to have a good break and just sit off the pace,” said Zayas. “I saw the pace was a little slow – the horses that were supposed to be coming from behind were really at the pace so I just stayed right there with them. The horse I thought I had to beat was Black Diamond Cat. I tried to make the move with him.”

Fractional times for the race were :22.30, :45.24, and 1:10.44, with a final time 1:17.12.

“My horse is really good when he goes to the stretch,” said Zayas.

The victory in the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap was the third win on the card for Zayas and the second-straight win for the 5-year-old horse. Simmstown came into the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap off of a victory at Gulfstream Park on October 5 in a 1-mile allowance optional claiming race, which he cleared ahead to win by three and three-quarter lengths.

Simmstown brought $14.40 for the win, while Close It Out paid $6.20 and $5.00 for the place, and Imperial Czar returned $13.60 for third.

Completing the order of finish were Fort Loudon, Stat, Rockyshomerun, Black Diamond Cat, City of Weston, and This Is She. Heart Stealer was scratched.