Spiral Stakes (G3) winner Black Onyx breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning.
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 told Churchill Downs Publicity. “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.”
“It 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 Silsita (No. 12).