Smarty Jones keeps giving trainer John Servis confidence heading into the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner had another strong gallop yesterday morning in Bensalem, Pa., with the undefeated colt going 11/4 miles accompanied by a stable pony on a closed track at Philadelphia Park.
"I can sum it up in one word: super," Servis said. "He let out about four squeals in the middle of the gallop. I couldn't be happier with him. It's past good. We've passed that stage."
Smarty Jones will continue training at Philadelphia Park for at least the next week. Servis said he was still undecided when he will bring the horse to New York.
On Wednesday, Smarty Jones returned to the track for the first time since his Preakness win, jogging a half-mile and galloping another half-mile.
With a win in the Belmont, the 3-year-old colt would become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.
Servis was feeling better after a couple days off because of a bronchial infection.
"I'm feeling good right now, a little congested," Servis said. "But I'm real happy with [Smarty Jones], I'll tell you that. It made my whole day."
-- From News Services