Thoroughbred Racing

Laminitis takes life of Rockport Harbor

Kennett Square, PA (Sports Network) - Top sire Rockport Harbor was euthanized Friday from the effects of laminitis at New Bolton Equine Hospital.

"It's with great sadness that I report that Rockport Harbor has been euthanized due to laminitis," former owner Rick Porter said in a statement. "Rocky holds a very special place in my heart. He was the first really good colt that I had in my stable. After going three for three as a two-year-old, topping it off with a dominant and electrifying win in the Remsen, he's the first colt to give me "Derby dreams."

Trained by John Servis for Porter's Fox Hill Farms, Rockport Harbor won five of eight career starts for $324,800. As a 2-year-old, he won the Nashua and Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.

Rockport Harbor only raced twice as a 3-year-old, coming in second in the Rebel Stakes at Fair Grounds and sixth in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. In 2006, the colt had two starts at Oaklawn Park, winning the Essex Handicap and finishing fifth in the Razorback Handicap.

The 11-year-old stallion stood stud at Pin Oak Lane Stud in New Freedom, Pa. He began his stud career at Barley's Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky.

08/03 12:38:50 ET