, 1 ½-length winner of the Spiral (GIII), breezed five
furlongs in 1:00.60 on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on
Saturday morning in his first major training move since his victory at
Turfway Park on March 23.
Working on the outside of the Eddie
Kenneally-trained duo of Golden Gulch and Gombey Dancer, Black Onyx
recorded fractions of :12.20, :24, :35.80, :48.20 and galloped out six
furlongs in 1:14 and seven-eighths of a mile in 1:28.20. Black Onyx,
under jockey Joe Bravo, started two lengths behind the Kenneally set and
finished a half-length in front at the wire.
"It looked good and
he did everything right," trainer Kelly Breen said. "I couldn't have
asked for a better workout. We were looking for company and Eddie
Kenneally was happy to supply us with some horses. We didn't want him to
go too fast and he didn't. It was just a perfect workout."
takes him awhile to get going, but when he switched leads at the
three-eighths pole he put a move on them pretty nicely," Bravo said. "I
think he loved the racetrack. He handled the surface nice and the gallop
out was great."
Breen added that Black Onyx, whose five-furlong
time of 1:00.60 ranked third fastest of 26 at the distance, is
scheduled to have two more works in advance of the Kentucky Derby
Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on May 4. Black Only is ranked No. 10 on
the "Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com" Leaderboard
with 50 points.
Scheduled to work Sunday at Churchill Downs are
Louisiana Derby (GII) runner-up Mylute
(No. 12) and Todd Pletcher's trio
of Kentucky Oaks contenders: Unlimited Budget
(ranked No. 3 on the
"Road to the Kentucky Oaks" Leaderboard), Dreaming of Julia
(No. 4) and
Trainer Tom Amoss said Mylute is scheduled to
work Sunday in company at approximately 6:30 a.m. (all times Eastern)
with jockey Shaun Bridgmohan in the irons.
Assistant trainer Whit
Beckman said Unlimited Budget, Dreaming of Julia and Silsita are
scheduled to work following the morning renovation break at
approximately 8:30 a.m.
Scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs
from New York on Sunday are Kentucky Derby contenders Verrazano
and Normandy Invasion
(No. 11), the 1-2 finishers in the Wood Memorial
(GI), and Kentucky Oaks contenders Close Hatches
(No. 6) and Princess of
(No. 9), who finished 1-2 in the Gazelle (GII).
and Princess of Sylmar will be stabled in Barn 34 for Pletcher,
Normandy Invasion will go to Barn 42 for trainer Chad Brown and Close
Hatches will be bedded down in Barn 19 for trainer Bill Mott. The flight
is expected to land at Louisville International Airport between 3:30-4
p.m., according to Churchill Downs' stall manager Steve Hargrave.
to arrive at Churchill Downs from Oaklawn Park on Sunday is Will Take
(No. 7), who narrowly defeated his stablemate Oxbow
(No. 13) in
the Rebel (GII). Will Take Charge and Oxbow, who also is expected to
arrive Sunday, will be stabled in Barn 44 for four-time Kentucky Derby
winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Also, a morning flight from
Little Rock, Ark. that lands in Lexington at approximately 10:30 a.m.
could transport select horses running at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. They
include Arkansas Derby (GI) contenders Overanalyze
, Den's Legacy
, as well as Oaklawn Handicap (GII) starter and Breeders' Cup
Classic (GI) winner Fort Larned
In other news, Gotham (GIII)
winner and Wood Memorial third Vyjack
(No. 6) is expected to van from
his New York base on Sunday or Monday and will be stabled in trainer
Dale Romans' Barn 4, according to Hargrave. His trainer Rudy Rodriguez
is scheduled to meet with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission ("KHRC")
License Review Committee on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the KHRC office in
Lexington to be considered for a Kentucky racing license.