11/24/2004 12:00AM

Rockport Harbor's first big test

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Rockport Harbor wins the Grade 3 Nashua on Nov. 2 by 6 1/4 lengths. Trainer John Servis has decided to run Rockport Harbor back in Saturday's Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Rockport Harbor may have accomplished more by this point than Smarty Jones did, but trainer John Servis said Rockport Harbor, an unbeaten 2-year-old, still has some lessons to learn before reaching the heights of his dual-classic winner.

"If anything, he's behind Smarty," Servis said Wednesday. "The big maturity thing with Smarty was getting him to settle, teaching him how to bottle up that speed. He just wanted to go as far as he could go, as fast as he could go. This horse hasn't really learned how to run yet. He hasn't gotten aggressive. Once he starts figuring that all out, he's going to be a force to be reckoned with. It's actually quite scary."

Upon further review, Rockport Harbor was quite scary winning the Grade 3 Nashua here Nov. 2. Jockey Stewart Elliott's hands never left Rockport Harbor's neck, though he did tap him twice on the shoulder in the stretch. The ease with which he won was part of the reason why Servis decided to run back in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.

"He won so easy, came out of it so good I decided we'd go ahead and take a crack at the Remsen," said Servis, who also wants to build up Rockport Harbor's graded-stakes account for a potential start in next year's Kentucky Derby. "I'm not crazy running a mile and an eighth, not that he won't get the mile and an eighth, it's just a long way for a 2-year-old."

While Rockport Harbor will not show a published workout between the Nashua and Remsen, Servis said Rockport Harbor has had a few open gallops through the Philadelphia Park stretch. Servis also said he has lengthened Rockport Harbor's gallops in the hopes of taking some of the early speed out of him. But Rockport Harbor has such a big stride that he may still find himself on the lead.

Not that Servis needed any validation, but Rockport Harbor's Nashua win was flattered when Defer, second in the Nashua, came back to win last Saturday's Grade 3 Laurel Futurity. This Saturday, Rockport Harbor will face another talented 2-year-old in the undefeated New York-bred Galloping Grocer.

"I have not seen him, but looking at his form and what he's done, he's obviously a very talented horse," Servis said. "We're going to have to have hook talented horses from here on out, so I think we might as well start."

Also pointing to the Remsen are Killenaule, Pavo, Father Weist, and Stormy Jim.

Pico Central ships in

Pico Central, a leading contender for the Eclipse Award as the nation's top sprinter, arrived safely from Southern California on Wednesday morning. Pico Central took up residence in the same stall in Richard Dutrow's Aqueduct barn that he did in April before his victory in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap.

Martin Morales, who traveled with Pico Central, said Pico Central shipped "very good. He's ready."

Trainer Paulo Lobo was en route to New York from California on Wednesday.

Kela, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, arrived later Wednesday and is stabled right across from Pico Central. Mike Mitchell, Kela's trainer, was already in New York on Wednesday and marveled at Pico Central, whom Mitchell beat with Kela in the Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar.

"He's all racehorse," Mitchell said of Pico Central.

While Dutrow will house the top two choices for the Cigar Mile, he will not be participating in the race himself. Dutrow said Aggadan, a Cigar nominee, would be pointed to the $100,000 Jennings Handicap in Maryland on Dec 18.

My Typhoon to pass Demoiselle

My Typhoon, the 2-year-old half-sister to European classic winner Galileo, will not run in Saturday's $200,000 Demoiselle as expected.

"She didn't work well enough to suit me," said trainer Bill Mott, referring to a five-furlong move last Saturday in 1:02.10. "We'll give her a little time."

My Typhoon won her maiden on turf at Saratoga and then finished fourth as the 7-10 favorite in the Miss Grillo Stakes, also on turf.

Mott did not rule out trying My Typhoon on dirt next year.

The Demoiselle, run at 1 1/8 miles, is shaping up as a two-horse race between Sis City and Salute. Dutrow, trainer of Sis City, also plans to enter the maiden K.D.'s Shady Lady, who finished second in the Tempted. Others likely to run include Secrets Galore and Winning Season.

Late longshot makes for nice pick six

Form held very well through the first five races of Wednesday's pick six. Then Halfway to Heaven, a 16-1 shot, rolled past 2-1 favorite Sparkling Blue in deep stretch to win the nightcap, creating a pick six payoff of $54,851.

There were eight winning tickets sold on the pick six and an additional 849 consolation tickets (5 of 6), which returned $120.50. There was a carryover of $131,338 heading into the card. An additional $546,618 was wagered into the pool.

The winning combination of 2-9-6-5-1-9 consisted of Melodeeman ($6.50), Lord Langfuhr ($7), Obviously ($9.20), Carminooch ($4), Childress ($3.20), and Halfway to Heaven ($35.20). Halfway to Heaven was winless in her last 16 starts and was 0 for 10 on wet tracks. Wednesday's card was run in the slop.

* Apprentice Trey Agilar is expected to begin riding here this weekend. Agilar, an 18-year-old Louisiana native, has recorded 35 wins from 413 mounts. Agilar has been riding at Delta Downs in Louisiana. Agilar will be represented by agent Doug Hatten, who also works for journeyman Alan Garcia.

* Horsemen are reminded that a new entry schedule goes into effect this weekend. During the inner-track meet, entries for Wednesday cards will be taken Saturday and entries for Thursday cards will be taken Sunday. Entries for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays will remain 48 hours out.

* The U.S. Marine Corps will hold its annual Toys for Tots drive at Aqueduct on Saturday and Sunday. All fans are urged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track. Unlike past years, however, NYRA cannot offer free admission to those who make a donation.

* Post time for Friday and Saturday is noon.

* There will not be any more turf racing in New York this year.