Kentucky Derby contender Black Onyx breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 (3/26) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, his first recorded workout since winning the Grade III Spiral Stakes.
Working on the outside of the Eddie Kenneally-trained duo of Golden Gulch and Gombey Dancer, Black Onyx recorded fractions of :12.20, :24.00, :35.80, :48.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 and seven in 1:28.20. Black Onyx, 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."
"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 said Black Onyx is scheduled to have two more works before the Derby.
Scheduled to work Sunday at Churchill Downs are Grade II Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute and Todd Pletcher's trio of Kentucky Oaks contenders: Unlimited Budget, Dreaming of Julia and Silsita.
Trainer Tom Amoss said Mylute is scheduled to work in company at approximately 6:30 ET 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.
Edited Churchill Downs notes
Photo by Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer