Keyword: Servis

  • American Border pulls away in the Violet Stakes.

    American Border Rides Rail to Violet Win

    American Border, making her stakes debut in her 37th career start, charged along the rail to overtake 78-1 shot Le Cordon Bleu in deep stretch to win the $150,000 Violet (gr. IIT) on the Meadowlands turf course in New Jersey Oct. 17.

  • Monmouth Posts Daily Handle Increase

    Bucking the national trend of racing, Monmouth Park concluded its 2008 meeting on Sept. 28 with significant gains in daily average handle.

  • Trainer John Servis Reaches 1,000 Wins

    Trainer John Servis, best known for taking Smarty Jones to victories in the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I), won his 1,000th race May 1 with Love for Pleasure, who won the 10th race at Philadelphia Park by three lengths.

  • Round Pond (inside) survives a tough duel with Happy Ticket (2) to win the Azeri BC, Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

    Round Pond Nips 'Ticket in Dramatic Azeri BC

    Round Pond and Happy Ticket staged a brilliant duel in the $173,500 Azeri Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for fillies and mares Saturday at Oaklawn Park before the favored Round Pond prevailed by a determined neck.

  • Rockport Harbor meets several old foes in Razorback 'Cap.

    'Rocky' Takes Next Step on Comeback Trail

    Fox Hill Farm's Rockport Harbor, making his second start of the year, is the horse to beat in Sunday's field of eight for the $150,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) featuring older horses going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park.

  • 'Pond, 'Ticket in Early-Season Azeri BC Clash

    Round Pond should be the favorite in Saturday's $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) on her home track at Oaklawn Park, but Louisiana trainer Andrew Leggio Jr., who saddles Happy Ticket, isn't ready to concede a thing.

  • Rockport Harbor Shows No Rust in Essex Win

    Even-money favorite Rockport Harbor, making his first start in more than nine months, put away the challenge of Cougar Cat in the final eighth of a mile to post his first win since 2004 in the $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Saturday.

  • Rockport Harbor faces rematch in Essex.

    Greater Good, Rockport Harbor Vie in Essex

    Greater Good and Rockport Harbor, who provided the most exciting finish of the 2005 Oaklawn meet in the Rebel Stakes (gr. III), square off again at the Arkansas track Saturday in the $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III).

  • Round Pond (1) outruns Smuggler (6) to capture the Acorn Stakes, Saturday at Belmont.

    Round Pond Pounds Out Acorn Win

    Favored Round Pond pounced on the leaders inside the final furlong and pulled away for her fourth straight win in the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Round Pond in Fantasy win at Oaklawn.

    Round Pond Romping Winner of Fantasy

    Rapidly developing Round Pond accelerated away from the leaders in upper stretch to record an impressive victory in Friday's $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park for trainer John Servis and jockey Stewart Elliott.

  • P Val to Ride Wild Desert in Ark. Derby; Owner to Offer Challenge

    Patrick Valenzuela has been named to ride Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Wild Desert in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), majority owner Dan Borislow said Monday. If Wild Desert runs well enough at Oaklawn to merit a trip to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Valenzuela will remain aboard.

  • Rockport Harbor confirmed for next week's Rebel Stakes.

    Rockport Harbor Improving as Rebel Nears

    Just when it looked as if Rockport Harbor's luck had run out and he'd be unable to make the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. III), trainer John Servis, while still cautious, said the foot looked much better Sunday.

  • Rockport Harbor, in Oaklawn Park workout Friday.

    Rockport Harbor, Afleet Alex, Consolidator Work at Oaklawn Park

    Fox Hill Farm's undefeated Rockport Harbor served notice that he is fully recovered from the foot bruise suffered last week by working seven furlongs at Oaklawn Park Friday in 1:27 2/5 over a fast track as he progresses toward his 3-year-old debut in the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. III).

  • Rockport Harbor (red cap) sidelined with bruised foot.

    Rebel Start On Hold for Rockport Harbor

    Rockport Harbor, unbeaten in four starts and the future book favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is being treated for a bruised left front foot, leaving his planned start in the $250,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. III) March 19 on hold.

  • Declan's Moon continues to prep for his 2005 debut.

    Declan's Moon, Rockport Harbor Work Toward Seasonal Debuts

    Two undefeated colts, Declan's Moon and Rockport Harbor, worked Thursday morning at Santa Anita and Oaklawn Park, respectively, in preparation for their 3-year-old debuts. Declan's Moon turned in a sharp five furlongs in :59 4/5, while Rockport Harbor went the same distance in 1:02 1/5.

  • Big Sport of Turfdom Awarded to John Servis

    John Servis, the Philadelphia Park-based trainer who nearly guided Smarty Jones to the Triple Crown while at the same time accommodating a throng of media following them, has been named the winner of the 2004 Big Sport of Turdom Award presented by the Turf Publicists of America.

  • Rockport Harbor sustained a severe gash in his right hind leg in this Remsen Stakes victory.

    Severe Gash May Delay Rockport's Derby Preparation

    Fox Hill Farms' Rockport Harbor, who scored a gutsy victory over Galloping Grocer in the Nov. 27 Remsen Stakes (gr. II), came out of the 1 1/8-mile race with a severe gash on his right hind leg that was described by trainer John Servis as "pretty nasty."

  • Rockport Harbor, inside, takes the Remsen by a neck over Galloping Grocer.

    Unbeaten Rockport Bags 'Grocer in Remsen

    The clash of undefeated 2-year olds in Saturday's Remsen (gr. II) lived up to billing when Rockport Harbor dug in to earn a neck victory over Galloping Grocer in a stretch battle that drew a rare shout of applause from the Aqueduct grandstand.

  • Rock Harbor, 'Grocer Square Off in Remsen

    Two undefeated juvenile colts – Galloping Grocer and Rockport Harbor – square off in the $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) at Aqueduct Saturday at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Rockport Harbor sails to victory in the Nashua Stakes.

    Rockport Harbor Sails to Victory in Nashua Stakes

    After his victory earlier aboard Summer Raven in the Tempted Stakes (gr. III), jockey Stewart Elliott completed a sweep of the Election Day features at Aqueduct when led Rockport Harbor to a win in the Nashua Stakes (gr. III).

  • Trainer John Servis, has another phenom in his barn.

    Servis Has Another Young Phenom in His Barn

    It appears as if Smarty Jones has passed the baton to another young phenom residing in trainer John Servis' barn. His name is Rockport Harbor, and this grand-looking colt can flat-out run, as evidenced by his effortless 7 1/2-length victory in an allowance race at Philadelphia Park Oct. 12, his second brilliant score in as many starts.

  • Smarty Jones, to return in Pennsylvania Derby.

    Smarty Jones Update: 'He's Doing Super'

    Despite published reports that Smarty Jones had suffered a low-grade fever and a slightly elevated white-blood count, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner is doing fine and is scheduled to work at the end of next week as he prepares for the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

  • Smarty Jones, has been retired to Three Chimneys Farm.

    Go Smarty Go -- To Stud at Three Chimneys Farm

    Smarty Jones, the Elusive Quality colt whose quest for the Triple Crown came up short in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired due to bone bruises in all four cannon bones caused by his rigorous campaign at ages two and three.

  • Trainer John Servis, said Smarty Jones is on track for Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Servis Says Smarty Jones Still on Track for Breeders' Cup

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones, who was declared Monday from the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) with a bruise in his left front foot, is still on track for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), trainer John Servis said Tuesday.

  • Smarty Jones, will miss the Pennsylvania Derby.

    No Smarty Party at Philly Park on Labor Day

    Trainer John Servis has informed officials at Philadelphia Park that Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones will not start in the Sept. 6, $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

  • John Servis, said Smarty Jones will breeze Monday or Tuesday.

    Smarty's Vacation is Over; Work Begins Next Week

    Smarty Jones' vacation ends soon as the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner will begin serious workouts early next week in preparation for the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park.

  • 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.

  • Smarty Jones prepares to board a van at Belmont Park on Sunday.

    Servis: Smarty Jones Had a 'Bulls-Eye' on Him

    Trainer John Servis said he was "disappointed" for owners Roy and Patricia Chapman that Smarty Jones' bid for the Visa Triple Crown Challenge came up short when he finished a gutsy second to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) but that he was proud of the effort given by the colt Saturday.

  • Birdstone passes Smarty Jones in the stretch to win the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes.

    Birdstone Upsets Smarty Jones in Belmont

    A record crowd of more than 120,000 went from a roar to silence today at Belmont Park as Birdstone upset Smarty Jones in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and denied racing its 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • 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."

  • Servis Not Worried About Belmont Distance

    Trainer John Servis is not worried about Smarty Jones getting the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) distance of 1 1/2 miles. But just a few months ago he was worried about the colt going 1 1/4 miles.

  • Smarty Jones, in his stall at Belmont Park.

    Servis and Team 'Anxious' About Saturday's Belmont

    With the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Smarty Jones' attempt to sweep the Visa Triple Crown Challenge only two days away, trainer John Servis said he, his family and staff, and owners Roy and Patricia Chapman are getting anxious about the event.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Will Smarty Jones duplicate his Preakness win in the Belmont and take home the coveted Triple Crown trophy?

    Cinderella Story

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- Get the golden coach ready; we're heading to the ball again. After so many failed attempts, maybe this time Smarty Jones can fit into that elusive glass slipper, and Thoroughbred racing and the Visa Triple Crown finally can live happily ever after.

  • Roy and Pat Chapman, center, hold enlarged copy of a $5 million bonus check given them by Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella, far right, while trainer John Servis and his wife, Sherry, far left, look on.

    Cella Pays Up; Chapmans Get Their Bonus

    Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella traveled from Arkansas to Pennsylvania Monday to hand-deliver a $5 million check to Roy and Pat Chapman, owners of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones.

  • 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.