11/25/2004 12:00AM

Unbeaten phenoms duel in Remsen

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Galloping Grocer, winning the Sleepy Hollow last out, gets his first test in Saturday's Remsen.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Thus far, Rockport Harbor and Galloping Grocer have had things their way. Both have won their first three starts by open lengths. Saturday, the two talented juveniles will get their first major test when they face each other in the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.

A field of six was entered for the Remsen, run around two turns at 1 1/8 miles.

, a gelded son of A. P. Jet, has won his first three starts by a combined 31 3/4 lengths, all against New York-breds.

"That's a premier 2-year-old," Dominick Schettino, trainer of Galloping Grocer, said of Rockport Harbor. "It's going to be a nice race."

Trainer John Servis was intending to put Rockport Harbor away until next year after the Nashua, but changed his mind after seeing how well his horse came out of the race. Servis also said he wanted to start accruing graded stakes earnings toward next year's Kentucky Derby.

Both Rockport Harbor and Galloping Grocer have been on the lead in each of their races. In the Remsen, Rockport Harbor will break from post 2 under Stewart Elliott and figures to be on or near the lead again.

"He's got natural speed," Servis said. "When you watch the Nashua, he went to the lead pretty easily because he covers so much ground. I've trained him a little differently for the distance. That might have taken a little of the speed out of him, but he won't be far off of it."

Schettino has been working Galloping Grocer behind horses in the morning and said he doesn't feel his horse needs to be on the lead.

"He should have no problem rating," Schettino said.

Galloping Grocer has been a bit fractious at the gate, so Schettino said he is happy that he drew post 6, because he will be last to load. John Velazquez rides.

"We've been schooling him and he's been getting much better," Schettino said.

Killenaule will make his ninth start of the year in the Remsen. He has won three in a row, all around two turns, including minor stakes at Delaware and The Meadowlands.

"Sometimes, going a mile and an eighth for the first time, the most seasoned and fit horse has an edge," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "One thing we have in our favor is he's a very seasoned horse."

Stormy Jim, trained by Eddie Plesa, has also improved stretching out, though the Remsen will be his first try around two turns.

Pavo and Father Weist complete the field.