Keyword: John Servis

  • Smarty Jones Crew Returns to Churchill Saturday

    Six weeks after the thrilling victory by Smarty Jones in the 130th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), owners Pat and Roy Chapman and trainer John Servis make a triumphant return to Churchill Downs on Saturday to be honored for their Derby win and their exciting run at the Visa Triple Crown.

  • Team Smarty to Party at Churchill Downs for TRF

    Smarty Jones' breeder/owners Roy and Patricia Chapman and trainer John Servis will not only celebrate their Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday, they'll also be supporting a good cause as they attend the third annual "Out to Pasture" Party.

  • Belmont Stakes favorite Smarty Jones, left, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump aboard, walks with trainer John Servis atop stablemate Butterscotch at Belmont Race Track on Friday morning.

    Servis to Press: It's Time to Dance

    At the daily press conference outside Barn 5 at Belmont Park Friday morning, trainer John Servis' opening remarks were "I feel real good." He acknowledged that Smarty Jones was ready for his bid for the Triple Crown on Saturday and said the undefeated runner "knows it's time to dance."

  • Smarty Jones gets his forelock combed by groom Mario Arriagas.

    Smarty Ready For Friday's Big Work

    Smarty Jones, who stands on the threshold of Triple Crown immortality, will have his one and only all-important work for the mile and a half Belmont Stakes (gr. I) Friday morning at 5:30. Trainer John Servis said he's not looking for anything quick, and is anticipating the colt will go between 1:28 and 1:29.

  • Trainer John Servis, said foot bruise did not affect Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby.

    Servis: Foot Bruise Didn't Hinder 'Smarty'

    Trainer John Servis revealed at a press conference at Philadelphia Park Wednesday that Someday Farm's undefeated Smarty Jones suffered a foot bruise before the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but it quickly cleared up and the colt was able to maintain a normal training schedule.

  • Smarty Jones Gallops at Philadelphia Park

    Undefeated Visa Triple Crown Challenge hopeful Smarty Jones galloped at Philadelphia Park the morning of May 25 and was pronounced by trainer John Servis as ready for his May 28 work.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump aboard, on the track at Philadelphia Park Monday.

    With the Flyers Gone, It's All Smarty; Eddington Sharp in Work

    John Servis is a longtime Philadelphia Flyers fan, and he "wasn't happy" to see his hockey team eliminated in the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday night. Although he now has Philly's number one sports franchise in Smarty Jones, and the almost-fanatical support of the city and all of Pennsylvania, Servis said he's still not feeling any added pressure.

  • People line the rail at Philadelphia Park to shoot a picture of  Smarty Jones during a public gallop at Philadelphia Park on Saturday morning.

    Fans Swarm to Philly Park in Droves to See Smarty Gallop

    You had to see it to believe it. Smarty Jones' open-house gallop at Philadelphia Park Saturday morning drew between 8,500 and 10,000 fans, some of whom showed up as early as 5 a.m. Once the doors opened just before 8, it was a mad dash to secure choice spots along the rail.

  • Smarty Jones, on the track Friday at Philadelphia Park, where he likely will remain until just before the Belmont Stakes.

    Smarty Likely Will Arrive Fashionably Late For Date With Destiny

    The more trainer John Servis has thought about it the more he's leaning toward shipping Smarty Jones to Belmont Park as close to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) as possible. It had been reported that the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner would van up next Wednesday, but those plans have changed.

  • Affirmed, racing's last Triple Crown winner, at Jonabell Farm in 1999.

    In Quest of a Crown: What Works Best?

    As trainer John Servis points Smarty Jones toward his Visa Triple Crown quest in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), here's a glance back on the workout schedules for the Derby/Preakness winners, starting with the most recent ones, since 1969. That year seemed a good time to start because it marked the first year that a Derby/Preakness winner went into the Belmont unbeaten.

  • See Servis' Smarty Comments Live on HRTV

    HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will give Thoroughbred racing fans a front row seat on the Smarty Jones bandwagon with special live coverage of trainer John Servis' news conferences on Friday May 21, Saturday May 22, and Monday, May 24.

  • Trainer John Servis, meets the press Wednesday at Philadelphia Park.

    All Systems Go As Smarty Bounces Out of Preakness in Great Shape

    Trainer John Servis, having just returned from a couple of days of relaxation up in the Poconos with his wife, Sherry, told a gathering of reporters Wednesday morning that Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones has come out the second leg of the Triple Crown as strong as ever.

  • Smarty Jones rolls to victory in the Preakness.

    Smarty Jones Electrifies in Preakness Romp

    In front of a record crowd of 112,668 at Pimlico Race Course May 15, Roy and Pat Chapman's Smarty Jones made a shambles of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and kept his record perfect with his eighth win, this one by more than 11 lengths.

  • Servis Likes What He Sees

    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.

  • Spectators gather to watch Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones work out on his home track at Philadelphia Park Saturday morning.

    Smarty Wows 'Em at Philly

    From tots in strollers to old men in wheel chairs, Smarty Jones fans showed up at Philadelphia Park in full force Saturday morning to watch their hero gallop and receive accolades by local and state dignitaries.

  • Cella to Present Smarty Jones' $5 Million Bonus Monday

    Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella wanted to do something big to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the racetrack that had been a part of his family since 1904. So big, in fact, the sport of horse racing has never seen anything like it.

  • Smarty Jones, in strong gallop at Philadelphia Park on Friday.

    Smarty Strong in First Solo Gallop

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones had his first solo gallop at Philadelphia Park Friday morning, and from all indications, the colt has bounced out of the Derby in great shape and is ready for another big effort in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Smarty Expected at Pimlico in a Week; Imperialism May Go

    Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones is expected to ship to Baltimore either next Wednesday or Thursday for the 129th Preakness Stakes. The undefeated colt paid his first visit to the racetrack since his victory when he jogged at Philadelphia Park Wednesday morning.

  • A rooster crosses in front of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones as he is led by trainer John Servis at Philadelphia Park on Wednesday.

    The Return of Smarty Jones: Hail the Conquering Hero

    The full moon had all but faded from the morning sky, and a salmon pink sunrise was now illuminating the tan sheet-metal barns on the Philadelphia Park backstretch. Inside Barn 11, peering out of his once-familiar stall 38, was Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones.

  • Undefeated Smarty Jones wins the Kentucky Derby!

    Can't Keep Up With This Jones

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- Get out the cheese steaks and pretzels. It's party time in Philly. Smarty Jones remains unbeaten with Kentucky Derby victory.

  • Philly Faithful

    <i>By Tom LaMarra</i> -- "The Chapmans are people with great hearts, the kind of people that really make the business go. If we didn't have people like them, we wouldn't have a Derby."

  • Smarty Jones, with owner Patricia Chapman.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Along Came Jones

    The moment of truth is at hand, as several Kentucky Derby (gr. I) scenarios are played out over the next couple of days. At Churchill Downs, the biggest activity Friday morning was trying to dodge the rain. But the miserable weather was brightened momentarily by the presence of the unbeaten Smarty Jones.

  • Pennsylvania Racing Commission chairman F. Eugene Dixon, left, presents Stewart Elliott with the Proclamation that Saturday, May 1, 2004 is Smarty Jones Day at both Philadelphia Park and Penn National.

    'Smarty Jones Day' Set for May 1 in Keystone State

    It's not everyday a horse based in the Keystone state earns national recognition. So given the accomplishments of Smarty Jones, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has taken steps to honor the undefeated 3-year-old colt who is pointing to the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

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    Spring Blossoms

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- This year's Derby promises to be especially interesting because with all but a couple of the major preps in the books, there is no clear-cut favorite.

  • Smarty Jones makes it six-in-a-row and a run for the roses with decisive win in the Arkansas Derby.

    Smarty Jones Moves to Head of Class

    Undefeated Smarty Jones showed an impressive turn of foot coming out of the final turn and held the closing Borrego off through the stretch for a comfortable 1 1/2-length win in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park Saturday.

  • Smarty Jones and jockey Stewart Elliott (7) win the Southwest Stakes, Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

    Smarty Jones Sharp Enough in Southwest Stakes

    Someday Farm's heavily-favored Smarty Jones ran his undefeated record to four Saturday, holding off the rallying Two Down Automatic and Pro Prado for a three-quarters of a length victory in the $100,000 Southwest Stakes for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park.

  • Zonk, won Affectionately for second straight year.

    Zonk Repeats in Big A's Affectionately

    Fox Hill Farm's favored Zonk allowed Pocus Hocus and With Ability to duel themselves out of contention, then came with an uncontested rally to post a four-length victory in Saturday's $109,600 Affectionately Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 mile on the Aqueduct inner dirt track.

  • Martha's Music Scores Upset in Anne Arundel

    D.J. Stables' Martha's Music won her second straight stakes race at Laurel Park Saturday, taking the $100,000 Anne Arundel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year old fillies.

  • Millionaire Jostle Retired

    Eclipse Award runner-up Jostle, who won last year's Alabama Stakes (gr. I) and Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), has been retired from racing.