Black Onyx, winner of the 2013 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season at Stonewall’s Prestige Stallions in Ocala, Fla.
The 5-year-old 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 Uncaptured to win the 1 1/8-mile test by a comfortable 1 ½ lengths.
The sharp Spiral score vaulted Black Onyx onto the Triple Crown trail and stamped him a leading contender for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. 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.
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 makes 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.
“We felt Florida deserved a son of Rock Hard Ten,” said Richard Haisfield. “He is a striking horse. There’s no doubt in my mind that Florida breeders will fall for him just as we did.”
Black Onyx, who joins Telling, Greatness, Burning Roma, Causeway’s Kin and Kiibutznik on the Prestige roster, will stand his initial season at stud for $6,000.
Click here to read more about Black Onyx’s Pedigree. For more information, contact Richard Haisfield (352) 895-8910, farm manager Jeff Schneidman (201) 321-4398</p