Kentucky Derby Contenders - Day 23: #8 Black Onyx

Contributed By Post Time Pete
Posted on 4/23/13 6:00 AM
Black Onyx Photo By AP / Garry Jones Trainer: Kelly J. Breen Sterling Racing Stables LLC Silks
Jockey: Joe Bravo*
Owner: Sterling Racing Stables LLC
Breeder: Cloverleaf Farms II, Inc.
Earnings: $317,130*
Points: 50*
Next Race: Kentucky Derby*
* Current as of April 1, 2013

Black Onyx is a Rock Hard Ten and Kalahari Cat colt. He's got three wins in five career starts, his most recent a win in the Spiral Stakes (G3). That win gave him enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby and he's already at Churchill Downs working out in preparation for the run.

"He really looked good," Breen said. "I wasn't looking to go too fast and we kept him off the rail so he didn't get too eager. His last quarter (of a mile) was his best quarter and that's what we wanted. Weather permitting, he'll have a blowout next Saturday."

He's fast, but his only horse against real Kentucky Derby competition was in the Spiral Stakes. He did beat Uncaptured in that race, who has ran against stronger fields. If that's any indication, he should do alright. He's not on our shortlist right now, but that could change after they announce post positions.

Click here to preview yesterday's breakdown of #9 on the earnings list, Verrazano.

Check back tomorrow when we preview #7 on our list, Govenor Charlie.

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