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John C. Servis

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John C. Servis

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Hall of Fame Trainer

Biography: John Servis was born on October 25, 1958 in Charles Town, WV into a racing family. His father was a jockey, and ran the Jockey Guild, while his uncle Jack Servis was a longtime jock’s agent, as is his cousin, Donna. John tried the job, as well, before working as an assistant to Mark Reid. He earned his license in 1984. He lives with his wife in Bensalem.

Career Highlights: Trained Champion Smarty Jones, winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, as well as second in the Belmont Stakes. In 2016 became the first trainer to saddle the winner of both the Derby and Kentucky Oaks when Cathryn Sophia captured the Oaks at Churchill Downs. Trained multiple stakes winning fillies Jostle and Round Pond, and top two-year-old Rockport Harbor. Scored 1,000th career win in 2007 at Philadelphia Park.

Graded Stakes Wins:
2017 – Top Flight Invitational Stakes (G3) – Mo’ Green
2016 – Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) – Cathryn Sophia
2016 – Forward Gal Stakes (G2) – Cathryn Sophia
2016 – Fasig-Tipton Davona Dale Stakes (G2) – Cathryn Sophia
2016 – Salvator Mile Stakes (G3) – Res Judicata
2006 – Azeri Breeders’ Cup Stakes (G3) – Round Pond
2006 – Essex Handicap (G3) – Rockport Harbor
2005 – Acorn Stakes (G1) – Round Pond
2005 – Fantasy Stakes (G2) – Round Pond
2004 – Kentucky Derby (G1) – Smarty Jones
2004 – Preakness Stakes (G1) – Smarty Jones
2004 – Arkansas Derby (G2) – Smarty Jones
2004 – Remsen Stakes (G2) – Rockport Harbor
2004 – Nashua Stakes (G3) – Rockport Harbor
2003 – Affectionately Handicap (G3) – Zonk
2002 – Affectionately Handicap (G3) – Zonk
2002 – Anne Arundel Stakes (G3) – Martha’s Music
2001 – Delaware Oaks (G3) – Zonk
2000 – Alabama Stakes (G1) – Jostle
2000 – Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) – Jostle
2000 – Cotillion Handicap (G2) – Jostle
2000 – Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) – Jostle
1999 – Demoiselle Stakes (G2) – Jostle
1999 – Selima Stakes (G3) – Jostle

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