04/01/2005 1:00AM

Greater Good to be listed as ridgling for Ark. Derby


Greater Good, a leading Kentucky Derby candidate who was labeled as a colt by The Jockey Club for the first seven starts of his career, will be listed as a ridgling for the first time on April 16, when he starts in the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

Greater Good was examined on Thursday by a veterinarian at the request of The Jockey Club, the official stud book for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. On Friday, Lee Cyphers, association veterinarian at Oaklawn, said he has classified Greater Good as a ridgling in a report that was sent to The Jockey Club.

A ridgling, according to the principal rules and requirements of the American Stud Book, is a general term used to describe either a monorchid (a horse with one descended testicle) or a cryptorchid (a horse with no descended testicles).

"I labeled him a ridgling because one testicle is retained in the abdomen, and the other testicle has descended outside the body wall, but it's not in the scrotum," said Cyphers. "His fertility may become an issue later, but he has a shot at being a stud horse."

Dr. Milton McClure, a practicing racetrack veterinarian at Oaklawn, examined Greater Good at the request of Cyphers.

Becky Thomas, one of the sources cited in a recent article by The Blood-Horse, noted that Greater Good was "a bilateral cryptorchid." Thomas, who broke Greater Good, last had him examined early in 2004, his 2-year-old year, she said on Friday.

Rick Bailey, registrar for The Jockey Club, said his organization called for an exam of Greater Good after being contacted by The Blood-Horse.

"We in turn called the stewards at Oaklawn, and they suggested we talk to the association vet there, and we received a fax from Oaklawn Jockey Club this morning," Bailey said Friday. "It did confirm that the way to record this going forward is a ridgling."

Greater Good's condition has not affected his ability to race. He has won all four of his two-turn starts, with his latest score coming in the Grade 3, $250,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn on March 19. Bob Holthus trains Greater Good for owner-breeder Lewis Lakin.