Gary Simms overcomes odds to repeat in Debutante Stakes

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) Horse racing is all about distance and speed, stamina and heart, and I'm not just talking about the horses. Trainer Gary Simms has spent the better part of two years battling bone cancer.

"What I've been through, I've just been through. " Simms said. "There are a lot of people that have had it a lot worse than me."

At one point he was given just weeks to live, but after stem cell replacements, chemotherapy and radiation, he's still training, and winning.

Blueseyesintherein crossed the wire first in Saturdays Grade III Debutante Stakes, his second straight win in the race.

"I like it more for my owners and my family," Simms told WAVE 3. " They all stood by me at my worse times, when it really looked gloom and doom. So to be out here, to win this, it's just a blessing from above, it's a God send."

Blueeyesintherein will take a few weeks off before her next start, Simms knows all about the gifts every day brings, so he won't get caught up looking too far down the road, but he can still dream.

"Hopefully she can run in the Oaks, but that's to be seen, pedigree wise I think this filly will go a little farther," he added. " I don't know how much farther, we're just going to have to enjoy the moment from today and hopefully we'll talk about that later."

Simms and his core ownership group hope to be back in the Churchill Downs winner's circle on Saturday night with Circle Unbroken in the Bashford Manor Stakes.

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