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Trainer Profile: Jason Servis

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D.S. Williamson

March 4th, 2019

Most every good trainer in the United States can take his or her game away from his or her home track. That's what makes good trainers good. They can train horses and win races anywhere. But, many trainers, most actually, become experts at a certain group of tracks in a single state.

Bob Baffert, the greatest thoroughbred trainer to ever put a saddle onto the back of a racehorse, does his best work in Southern California. Baffert graduated from the University of Arizona. He naturally took his training abilities to SoCal. Baffert ships horses, but he doesn't run large  stables in other parts of the country.

Most trainers are like Bob. Some are like Jason Servis. Jason's brother is John Servis, who trained Smarty Jones to an almost Triple Crown win back in 2004. To this day, Jason't not as well known as John. But, he's most definitely getting there.

Check out how Servis is winning at two distinct racetracks this year, Aqueduct in New York and Gulfstream Park in Florida.

Servis Winning at Aqueduct and Gulfstream

Servis is winning with regularity at both the Big A and Gulfstream Park. He currently ranks in 4th place at Aqueduct behind Linda Rice, Rudy Rodriguez, and Jeremiah Englehart. From 58 races as of March 2, Servis has won with 16 horses. He's finished second 12 times and he's finished third 9 times.

At Gulfstream Park, Servis ranks third behind Jorge Navarro and Todd Pletcher. What's interesting is that Servis' win percentage is much higher than either Jorge's or Todd's. Jason's won with 45% of his entries. He's won 28 races from 62 horses. That's an amazing win percentage.

Servis has a shot to win training titles at two different tracks during the same time of the year. Impressive! Now, let's check out a few of the horses that Jason Servis has trained.

Call Paul - 2019 Swale Stakes

A top 3-year-old on the Kentucky Derby Trail, Call Paul is probable for the Gotham Stakes. He's never finished off the board in 6 lifetime starts. He's won races at Delaware, Saratoga, Parx, and Gulfstream. Keep an eye out for this seriously talented colt.

Firenze Fire - 2018 Dwyer Stakes

Firenze Fire could do no better than an 11th place finish in the 2018 Kentucky Derby. To show you what a great trainer Jason Servis is, he got Firenze Fire into the winner's circle in the Dwyer Stakes after the bad performance in the Kentucky Derby.

The 4-year-old remains active. Firenze Fire should show up in a race in the next few months.

Actress - 2017 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

Also listed as active is Actress. The Tapit sired 5-year-old mare from a Milwaukee Brew broodmare, Milwaukee Appeal, we last saw Actress finish second to Martini Glass in the 2018 Azeri Stakes. She's got everything needed to be one of the top mares in the nation this year.

Sunny Ridge - 2016 Withers Stakes

The 6-year-old gelding continues to pick up paychecks. He finished third in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile a couple of races ago. In his last, he finished second to Mr. Buff in the Jazil Stakes. He might not be one of the top dirt milers in the United States, but he'll hit the board in major races. That's all you can ask for a gelded horse like Sunny Ridge. He's treated Jason and owner Dennis A. Drazin very well. No doubt, he'll continue to treat them well.

Jason Servis has been so good at the beginning of 2019 that he's got a shot to win training titles at both Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park. If Jason saddles the horse in the race you're handicapping, you almost must use it. That's how hot he's been this year.
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