Simpson enjoys his Masters

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

Call it a real-life Simpson repeat.

Will Simpson pulled off the rare Masters double-double, winning both International Ring events yesterday at Spruce Meadows.

After claiming the $30,000 Akita Drilling Cup aboard Carlsson Vom Dach, the Thousand Oaks, Calif., rider successfully defended the $40,000 CANA Cup crown with El Campeons Tosca, the mare he won the title aboard last year.

"This is a good one," Simpson said with a grin. "I won one (Masters event) last year but that's just one. Two is a good day."

Combined, the two victories were worth $22,500.

The wins harkened a time just a few years ago when Simpson became a regular winner with Ado Annie.

"Ado Annie took me around the world for three years, with one horse," Simpson said.

"We did three World Cup Finals and did three $1 million classes (the CN International) here with one (rail) down.

"Now to have two horses that are scopey and fast and careful is a real luxury.

"It's a little confusing for me in the office because I've got to figure out which one to go with -- it's a nice decision to have."

The CANA Cup victory was extra special for Simpson since El Campeons Tosca was in a "hairy crash" in the jump-off of Wednesday's Finning Welcome.

She came down into the rail and went the rest of the course with a loose shoe. She suffered a few scratches and nicks, but no major damage.

Still, it was no small feat to come back the next day and win.

"She's all heart. Today she was back in form."

Calgary's Jonathan Asselin finished second in the Akita Drilling Cup with young mare Rayana Chiara, a team that had to make a recovery of its own.

They were just about to start the first round, but the storm that came through -- wind and rain -- was so strong action was postponed for about 15 minutes.

The event later had to be delayed a second time, because of stormy weather.

Richard Spooner of the U.S. was the runner-up in the CANA Cup with Cristallo, followed by Jaime Azcarraga of Mexico with Presley Boy.


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