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Rockport Harbor

Rockport Harbor

4/7/02 gr/ro c
Unbridled’s Song – Regal Miss Copelan, by Copelan

G2 winner of the Remsen
Undefeated in 3 starts at 2
One of the early Kentucky Derby favorites
Currently standing at stud at Darley
Rockport Harbor’s Stallion Page

Rockport Harbor is the horse who “started it all” — meaning this website. Giving owner Rick Porter his first Derby dreams, “Rocky” was the inspiration for Rick to create the Rockportharbor.com website.

Rocky was a very exciting racehorse right out of the gate. He easily won his first two races at Philadelphia Park before heading to New York to take on tougher competition. He was more than up to the challenge, easily winning the G3 Nashua at Aqueduct. Before taking a break and readying for a run on the Triple Crown trail, Rocky would run once more in the G2 Remsen at Aqueduct. The Remsen would end up being both Rocky’s shining moment and his downfall.

Rocky’s main competitor in the Remsen was Galloping Grocer, an undefeated and talented NY-bred gelding. Rocky bounded out of the gate into the lead with Galloping Grocer breathing down his neck. The two raced full bore down the stretch but Rocky was tenacious and refused to let Galloping Grocer by. Rocky won in a fantastic time for the prestigeous stakes and made his way to the winner’s circle. It was at this time that it was noticed that Rocky had been stepped on as his right hind foot gushed blood.

An attempt was made to get Rocky to the Derby, but his injury was still bothering him so he was given the rest of the year off. Rocky came back at four in the Essex (G3) which he won, but reinjured his foot in the following month’s Razorback (G3) and was subsequently retired. Rick felt he’d put the horse through enough attempting to get the foot healed. He earned his way as a stallion prospect and was retired to Darley at Jonabell for stallion duty. Rocky stood his first year in 2007 for a $20,000 fee. The combination of his talent, breeding, looks, and a giant stride have made him a popular first-year prospect and Rick hopes to race some of Rocky’s offspring in the future.

Rockport Harbor Race Record

YearAgeStarts1st2nd3rdEarnings
Total8510$324,800
200642100$64,500
200532010$50,000
200424400$210,280

Races

03/12/06: 5th, 8.5f Razorback (G3), OP, $4,500
02/11/06: 1st, 8.5f Essex (G3), OP, $60,000
04/23/05: 6th, 8.5f Lexington (G2), KEE, $0
03/19/05: 2nd, 8.5f Rebel (G3), OP, $50,000
11/27/04: 1st, 9f Remsen (G2), AQU, $120,000
11/02/04: 1st, 1m Nashua (G3), AQU, $65,700
10/12/04: 1st, 6.5f allow, PHA, $12,600
09/12/04: 1st, 5.5f msw, PHA, $12,000

Rockport Harbor Pedigree

Rockport Harbor, g/ro c Apr. 7, 2002Unbridled's Song, 1993Unbridled, 1987Fappiano, 197
Gana Facil, 1981
Trolley Song, 1983Caro (IRE), 1967
Lucky Spell, 1971
Regal Miss Copelan, 1995Copelan, 1980Tri Jet, 1969
Susan's Girl, 1969
Regal Pennant, 1988Banner Bob, 1982
Regal Relation, 1979