(Rock Hard Ten – Kalahari Cat, by Cape Town)
$418,860, Grade 3 Winner at Turfway Park
Property of Richard & Audrey Haisfield
2018 Fee: $1,250-QH
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The son of multiple Grade 1 winner Rock Hard Ten out of Kalahari Cat, by Cape Town. Black Onyx won three of seven lifetime starts and placed in two others while banking $418,860, including the 2013 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park. 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 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!”
Black Onyx' dam Kalahari Cat is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Desert Gold, who produced English champion White Moonstone. Black Onyx is from the female family of Desert Stormer, who defeated males in the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), and Matriarch Stakes (G1) winner Better Lucky.
Jet black and 16.3 hands, he is a striking horse with heart. There’s no doubt that the Quarter Horse industry is going to fall in love with this versatile young gun. He entered stud in 2015 at Stonewall's Prestige Stallions and his first foals hit the track in 2018.