John Servis

John C. Servis (born October 25, 1958 in Charles Town, West Virginia) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer who was relatively unknown until May 2004 when his horse Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby. The colt then went on to win the Preakness Stakes further increasing Servis' reputation.[1] Servis' Cathryn Sophia won 2016 Kentucky Oaks, winning by 2-3/4 lengths over Land Over Sea.[2]

John Servis
BornOctober 25, 1958
Charles Town, West Virginia
Career wins1,735+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins
Horatius Stakes (1998)
Demoiselle Stakes (1999)
Selima Stakes (1999)
Alabama Stakes (2000)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (2000)
Coaching Club American Oaks (2000)
Cotillion Handicap (2000)
Delaware Oaks (2001)
Miss Woodford Stakes (2002, 2014)
Oceanport Stakes (2002)
John B. Campbell Handicap (2003)
Maryland Racing Media Stakes (2003, 2018)
Nellie Morse Stakes (2003)
Primonetta Stakes (2003)
Arkansas Derby (2004)
Count Fleet Stakes (2004)
Nashua Stakes (2004)
Rebel Stakes (2004)
Remsen Stakes (2004)
Southwest Stakes (2004)
Acorn Stakes (2005)
Fantasy Stakes (2005)
Honeybee Stakes (2005)
Miss Preakness Stakes (2010)
Maryland Million Sprint Handicap (2013)
Busher Stakes (2014)
Davona Dale Stakes (2016)
Forward Gal Stakes (2016)
Azeri Stakes (2006)
Kentucky Oaks (2016)
Salvator Mile Handicap (2016)
Barbara Fritchie Handicap (2018)
Frizette Stakes (2018)

U.S. Triple Crown wins:
Kentucky Derby (2004)
Preakness Stakes (2004)
Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (2018)

Racing awards
Big Sport of Turfdom Award (2004)
Parx Racing Leading Trainer (2018)
Significant horses
Cathryn Sophia, Jaywalk, Jostle
Round Pond, Smarty Jones

In 2018, Servis won his first Breeders' Cup race with Jaywalk in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.[3]

Servis trains horses primarily out of Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

He was born into a family involved in the Thoroughbred racing industry. As a boy, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where his father worked as a jockey.

Servis trained his 1,000th winner on May 1, 2007 at Philadelphia Park.

John is also the brother of trainer Jason Servis and brother-in-law to Florida Thoroughbred trainer, Edward Plesa.


  1. ^ "John Servis - Biography and Highlights". NTRA. 2011-06-11. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  2. ^ "John C. Servis". Equibase. 2018-11-02. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  3. ^ "Juvenile Fillies: Jaywalk 'Runs Them Off Their Feet' For John Servis". Paulick Report. 2018-11-02. Retrieved 2018-11-02.