Updated on 09/17/2011 10:12PM

Rockport Harbor breezes

Jeff Coady/Coady Photography
Rockport Harbor, Bobby Velez up, clocks in at 1:02.05 in a five-furlong breeze at Oaklawn Park on Saturday morning.

Rockport Harbor, in his final preparation for the Grade 2, $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes, had a strong gallop at Oaklawn Park on Saturday morning and was credited with a five-furlong breeze in 1:02.05. He was scheduled to fly to Kentucky on Sunday.

Rockport Harbor came onto the track at about 7:10 a.m. Central, and backtracked to just past the eighth pole under regular exercise rider Bobby Velez. Clockers tracked him from the five-furlong pole, through fractions of 12.77 seconds for the opening eighth of a mile, 24.67 for the opening quarter, 37.18 for three furlongs, 49.97 for the half-mile, then carried him past the finish line through six furlongs in 1:14.71, seven furlongs in 1:27.87, and one mile in 1:41.62.

"I was tickled to death," said John Servis, who trains Rockport Harbor for Rick Porter. "He's back to himself. It's been a while since he's gone like he went today."

Rockport Harbor had been pointing for the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby, but a blood clot in the vein of his neck revealed itself April 2, forcing him to miss four days of training for the race. Servis then decided to point for the Lexington, to be run this Saturday. Plans are to work Rockport Harbor out an additional eighth of a mile past the wire in the Lexington.

Rockport Harbor is scheduled to jog on Monday, then gallop into the race, said Servis. Rockport Harbor has won 4 of 5 career starts, with his biggest score coming in the Grade 2 Remsen last November at Aqueduct. In his lone start at 3, he was second in the Grade 3 Rebel Stakes.