LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE3/FOX19) - Spiral Stakes winner Black Onyx has been scratched from Saturday's 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, according to a news release from Churchill Downs.
Black Onyx won the #1 post position in Wednesday's post position draw. Darren Rogers, Senior Director of Communications and Media Services said stewards have decided that the #1 slot in the starting gate will be left open and that the remaining 19 horses in the Derby field will start from the post positions they drew.
Trainer Kelly Breen told the AP the colt looked good training on Friday, but he had some swelling in the ankle, so an X-ray was taken which revealed the chip.
Black Onyx won the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March. The horse was bred in Kentucky by Cloverleaf Farms II, Inc. and is by Rock Hard Ten out of the Cape Town mare Kalahari Cat.
The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes is the first stakes win for Black Onyx, whose record stands at three wins and a second in five starts. The winner's share of the Spiral purse—$317,130—pushed his earnings to $407,810 for Herzberg's Sterling Racing. The colt has won on all three racing surfaces: dirt, turf, and Polytrack.