12/05/2011 5:54PM

Tampa Bay Downs: Fine day for Servis

Tom Cooley
Jenny's So Great, with Rosemary Homeister Jr. riding, wins the Lightning City.

OLDSMAR, Fla. - Trainer Jason Servis had a banner day Saturday. In addition to sending out Jenny’s So Great to capture the Lightning City Stakes here at Tampa Bay Downs, Servis also won races at Aqueduct and Gulfstream for a training trifecta.

The horseman pointed out that Jenny’s So Great was coming off a race against males in her last start and that the horse that won that race Regally Ready, came back to capture the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in his next start.

“This is a really nice filly” Servis said by phone after the race, “As long as you don’t rush her off her feet and wait to the stretch, she’ll explode down the lane like she did today." Servis said he had told jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr., “ 'Just don’t ask her till you turn for home,'  and she rode her just right.”

Homeister won two races on the opening-day card in her return to racing following time off for the birth of her daughter. Leandro Goncalves was the riding star on opening day with four winners.

Ness posts triple

Trainer Jamie Ness, who tied for the top spot in the trainer’s race last year and a power at Tampa since 2006, served notice he will be a force to be reckoned with again this season, sending out three winners on the opening-day card.

Backstretch help get help

Backstretch workers are often forced to stay at their respective barns for long periods caring for their horses, and this season Tampa Bay Downs has taken steps to help them get food and drink without their having to travel to the track kitchen.

Management purchased a portable lunch wagon, and this season former jockey Joe Tutela will travel throughout the backstretch during the morning hours with his meals-on-wheels truck, making stops periodically so personnel can purchase food and drink without having to go far away from their charges.