Trainer John Servis said that he's seeing a side of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones this week that he hasn't seen since before the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and he likes it. "He's getting a little bit of an attitude and I like him that," Servis said Friday morning on the backside of Pimlico Race Course.
Smarty Jones went to track for a light gallop with a pony Friday morning and will walk the shedrow Saturday morning before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). "He went nice and easy this morning and started getting on the muscle a little toward the end of the work. When he started pulling on me we were done."
Servis said as each day passes he is getting more and more confident about his colt's chances. "Right after the Derby, I didn't know if were going to run in the Preakness or not," he said. "He's had a long tough road and I keep wondering when I am going to come to the barn and he's going to tell me that he's tired. So far that hasn't happened. He came out of the Derby in good order and seems to be feeling good. We're just trying to keep him happy."
As for the happiness of the trainer , Servis is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Friday's Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore. "I'm going to the baseball game tonight and then cocktail party, and hopefully get a good night's sleep."