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Black Onyx

Rock Hard Ten – Kalahari Cat, by Cape Town

Graded stakes winner of the 2013 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes-G3 at Turfway Park, BLACK ONYX entered stud in 2015 at Prestige Stallions. His first small crop are 3-year-olds of 2019. As A juvenile, the leading money winner PROPER MANNERS hit the board in both her starts at two.

The son of multiple Grade 1 winner Rock Hard Ten – Kalahari Cat, by Cape Town, won three of seven lifetime starts and placed in two others while banking $418,860. In defeating 11 rivals in the Spiral Stakes at three, BLACK ONYX tracked the early leaders five wide before joining the vanguard on the far outside around the far turn. He swept past the pacesetters and shrugged off a late challenge from Canada’s Horse of the Year at two Uncaptured, and eventual King’s Bishop Stakes-G1 winner Capo Bastone to win the 1 1/8-mile test by a comfortable 1 ½ lengths.

The sharp Spiral score vaulted Sam Herzberg’s Black Onyx onto the Triple Crown trail and stamped him a leading contender for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Jockey Joe Bravo commented on BLACK ONYX, “he has got so much heart…and is such a warrior.” BLACK ONYX was versatile, winning on traditional dirt, turf and synthetic. He broke his maiden going one mile on the dirt at Aqueduct and won at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park before winning the Spiral over Turfway’s synthetic surface. “He proved he’s a multi-talented horse,” trainer Kelly Breen said after the Spiral Stakes victory, “if there was a race on cobblestone, he would win that too!”

Bred in Kentucky by Cloverleaf Farms, BLACK ONYX is a son of Rock Hard Ten, whose name was inspired by his owner’s assessment of his colt’s physique on a one-to-10 scale. A strapping son of the good Roberto son Kris S. out of French champion juvenile female Tersa, by Mr. Prospector, Rock Hard Ten managed to combine his sire’s stamina with his dam’s brilliance, his seven victories from 11 starts including the 2004 Malibu Stakes and the 2005 Santa Anita Handicap (both G1).

BLACK ONYX is Florida’s only son of Rock Hard Ten at stud, and he hails from the female family of Desert Stormer, who defeated males in the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1, and Matriarch Stakes-G1 winner Better Lucky. Kalahari Cat, the dam of BLACK ONYX, is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Desert Gold, who produced English champion White Moonstone.

“Jet black and 16.3 hands, he is a striking horse. There’s no doubt in my mind that Florida breeders will fall for him just as we did,” said Richard Haisfield.


Rock Hard Ten – Kalahari Cat, by Cape Town

2019 Fee: $1500 LFG

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