Grade III Spiral Stakes winner Black Onyx became the first horse pointed to the Kentcky Derby to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.
Black Onyx passed through the Churchill Downs stable gate at 9:30 a.m. ET after vanning from Turfway Park, where he won the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral by 1 1/2 length at 15-1 odds. The Kelly Breen-trained colt earned 50 points, assuring him a spot in the Kentucky Derby based on Churchill Downs' new points-based eligibility system.
The dark bay or brown son of Rock Hard Ten was bedded down in Stall 12 of Barn 41. Breen's assistant Phil Threewitt, nephew of the late trainer Noble Threewitt, traveled with the colt along with groom Jose Orantes and an exercise rider.
"He shipped well and he's doing well," Threewitt said. "We love him. He's a neat horse. We've only had him for his last two starts, and he's won both times."
Black Onyx, who originally was trained by Carl Domino, was transferred to Breen's barn following his third start. Breen said via text that he was unsure when he would join Black Onyx in Louisville.
Serious training plans have not been finalized, but Threewitt said he expects Black Onyx to visit the Churchill Downs oval for the first time Thursday morning for light training.
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