FLORENCE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Black Onyx, a three-year-old colt, has won the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park and the 50 Derby points that go with it.
Black Onyx was never nominated to the Triple Crown races.
The owners of the colt and trained by Kelly Breen, now have until midnight March 23rd to pay the $6,000 late nomination fee to be eligible for Derby 139.
Black Onyx, a son of Rock Hard Ten, came from just off the pace to beat Uncaptured by a length and a half.
Uncaptured, who won two stakes races last fall at Churchill Downs, was coming off a winter layoff that was complicated by a bruised foot.
Black Onyx came into the Spiral after an allowance win on the turf at Gulfstream Park.
He obviously liked the Polytrack at Turfway and paid $33.40 to win. Uncaptured was the co-favorite in the race and paid $5,80 and $4.80. Long shot Giant Finish was third and created a monster $1 trifecta that paid $2,363.70.
If the owners, Sterling Racing, nominate Black Onyx by the midnight deadline, it would be Kelly Breen's 4th Derby starter. The most recent was Pants on Fire in 2011.
The 50 points would seem to assure a spot in the Derby starting gate. Uncaptured picks up 20 points for second place and now has a total of 30. He might need more.
Giant Finish gets10 Derby points but he too has yet to be nominated. He and the other Polytrack lovers could pad their Derby resumes at the Bluegrass Stakes in three weeks.