04/02/2005 12:00AM

Greater Good breezes five furlongs

Jeff Coady/Coady Photography
Greater Good (left) works in company with Copy My Notes on Saturday.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Greater Good breezed five furlongs Saturday at Oaklawn Park in his first work since running down Rockport Harbor to win the Grade 3, $250,000 Rebel on March 19.

Greater Good, preparing for the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 16, went five furlongs in 1:04.55 under regular rider John McKee.

"We'd like for him to go a little faster, but we'd also like for him to go too slow [rather] than too fast," said Bob Holthus, who trains Greater Good. "He finished strong, so we're happy.

"This was just kind of to keep him interested in the game. He'll get a pretty good three-quarter-mile work next Saturday."

Greater Good came onto the track at 6:55 a.m. Central and went into his work at the five-furlong pole, about four lengths behind workmate Copy My Notes. Greater Good moved up down the backside, was within two lengths of his workmate around the turn, drew even with him at the top of the stretch, then passed him in hand nearing the wire. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:17.70.

"I wanted him to get five-eighths in 1:02," said Holthus. "The pace horse had a different jockey today than normal, and he didn't set quite enough fractions to get him to do that."

Rockport Harbor misses training

Rockport Harbor missed training on Saturday and was not likely to go to the track on Sunday, said his trainer, John Servis. He did not say why Rockport Harbor didn't train, but said test results were pending.

"I don't want to speak out of turn," said Servis. "I'll know more tomorrow. It's not related to the foot, I can tell you that."

Rockport Harbor's right hind foot was patched on Friday afternoon by top blacksmith Ian McKinlay. The foot, which was gashed in the Grade 2 Remsen in November, flared up on March 25, and was wired to keep part of the old injury site from moving independent of the rest of the foot.

Servis last week said he wanted to put a two-minute lick into Rockport Harbor on Saturday.

* Afleet Alex remains on course for the Arkansas Derby, said his trainer, Tim Ritchey.