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Kentucky Derby 2013 contenders video featuring Itsmyluckyday & Black Onyx

This is our third in a five part video series devoted to Kentucky Derby 2013 contenders. All of the major prep races have been run and final workouts and the post position draw are all that remain.

Each video will consist of four contenders. In this video, we discuss Spiral Stakes hero Black Onyx, Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie, Holy Bull hero Itsmyluckyday, and Smarty Jones and Rebel winner Will Take Charge.

Thanks to Ryan Patterson for joining me in this video series. We will release the final two videos in the coming days and they should both be posted by this weekend. The fourth video will feature Frac Daddy, Mylute, Normandy Invasion, and Palace Malice.

Kentucky Derby 2013 Contenders: Black Onyx

Black Onyx burst onto the Kentucky Derby 2013 scene with a good looking stalk and pounce victory in the Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 23. He earned 50 Derby qualifying points and will make his next start on the first Saturday in May.

Black Onyx

Black Onyx peaks out of his stall the morning of the Spiral Stakes

The early years

Kentucky-bred Black Onyx sold for $125,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale (August 2011).

He began his race career at Belmont Park in the fall of 2011 and finished a clear 2nd at a mile and a sixteenth and wrapped up his juvenile campaign with a flat mile maiden win at Aqueduct.

Three-Year-Old Season

Black Onyx

Black Onyx in the paddock prior to the Spiral Stakes.

Black Onyx’s sophomore season got off to a less than ideal start with a well-beaten 4th place finish on the main track at Gulfstream Park on New Year’s Day. He moved to the Kelly Breen barn and bounced back quickly with a smart turf route win at the Gulf on Feb. 23, beating subsequent Rushaway Stakes winner Crop Report.

The Sterling Racing (Sam Herzberg) colt was sent to Turfway Park for a chance to qualify for the Kentucky Derby and was sent off as a 15-1 longshot in the Grade III Spiral Stakes. Breaking from post nine, he sat a wide stalking trip under Joe Bravo before forging to the lead and crossing the line 1-1/2 lengths in front of highly regarded runner-up Uncaptured.


Black Onyx

Black Onyx wins the Spiral Stakes!

Multiple Grade I winning sire Rock Hard Ten (Kris S.-Tersa, by Mr. Prospector) was on the Triple Crown trail in 2004, finishing 3rd in the Santa Anita Derby, 2nd in the Preakness, and 5th in the Belmont Stakes. He won the Strub Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap, and Goodwood ‘Cap during his undefeated 4yo season before a foot bruise knocked him out of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. A subsequent sesamoid injury ended his racing career.

The massive stallion (17 hands) was responsible for 13 stakes winners during his first four crops. He was sold to the Korea Racing Authority in 2011 and currently stands at Jeju Stud Farm.

Dam Kalahari Cat (Cape Town-Desert Stormette, by Storm Cat) was a 3-time winner (2004-2005). She scored twice on turf against allowance competition at one mile (Fair Grounds, Hawthorne).

Dam sire Cape Town (Seeking the Gold-Seaside Attraction, by Seattle Slew) won five races in 1997-98 including the G3 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, G3 Holy Bull, and G1 Florida Derby. He finished 5th in the 1998 Kentucky Derby and 9th in the Preakness.

Black Onyx Spiral Stakes

Cape Town is responsible for multiple stakes winners including 2003 Kentucky Oaks winner Bird Town. In 2009, he was sold for stallion duty in Brazil.


Kelly Breen has saddled more than 450 winners with earnings topping the $20 million mark. He won the 2011 Belmont Stakes with Ruler On Ice and has saddled three Kentucky Derby starters (West Side Bernie, Atomic Rain, Pants On Fire).


Black Onyx

Joe Bravo, the reigning king of the New Jersey circuit, has won more than 4,800 races during a stellar 25-year riding career. Both of his career Kentucky Derby mounts (Spanish Chestnut, Atomic Rain) finished unplaced.

Kentucky Derby

Black Onyx has earned enough points to secure a spot in the starting gate under the Twin Spires on Saturday, May 4 and will immediately ship to Churchill Downs and train up to the big dance. He is an improving colt with positional speed and a strong route foundation. He has won on conventional dirt, synthetic, and turf, and might surprise again at Churchill Downs with further development.

For more Spiral Stakes day coverage and Black Onyx pictures, check out Stacy’s Kentucky horse racing photos page.

Belmont Stakes 2012 Bloodlines: My Adonis

Which horse has the best pedigree to handle twelve furlongs in the final leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park? My Belmont Stakes list concludes with late entrant My Adonis.

Belmont Stakes 2012 logo
My Adonis’s sire Pleasantly Perfect (by Pleasant Colony) won 9 of 18 races from 2001-04 including the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic in ‘03. The Lane’s End Farm stallion is responsible for Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Shared Account, multiple graded turf route winner Cozi Rosie, 2-time ‘Big Cap runner-up Setsuko, and recent G3 Affirmed hero Nonios.

Pleasantly Perfect’s sire Pleasant Colony (by His Majesty) won 6 of 14 starts including the G1 Kentucky Derby and G1 Preakness. His Triple Crown bid came to a halt with a 3rd place finish in the 1981 Belmont Stakes. The late sire is responsible for such prominent runners as Pleasant Tap, Pleasant Stage, St. Jovite, Behrens, and ’93 Belmont Stakes hero Colonial Affair.

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2011 Belmont Stakes Profile: Ruler On Ice

Ruler On Ice is sliding in under the radar for the 2011 Belmont Stakes but is he a legitimate threat at Big Sandy?

Belmont Stakes logo 2011

Kelly Breen’s overachieving gelding finished a flat 5th as the favorite in his sprint bow at Monmouth last summer but he hasn’t done much wrong since.

Ruler On Ice broke his maiden in the Delaware Park slop second time out and returned to action with a good 2nd in an inner dirt route at Aqueduct in early February. He broke through the entry level barrier at Parx less than three weeks later and landed the show in the Sunland Derby March 27.

Once again he gained stretch ground when last seen in the Federico Tesio at Pimlico and drilled a five furlong gate bullet at Monmouth Park on June 4 in preparation for the Belmont Stakes.

Bettors looking for longshots to fill out their Belmont Stakes exotics could do worse than Ruler On Ice but a victory seems like a stretch.