Did Not Sell
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral S. (gr. III)
HORSESHOE CASINO CINCINNATI RACING SPIRAL S. (gr. III), Turfway Park, March 23, 2013, $550,000 Guaranteed, value of race $550,000, 3 yo, 1 1/8 miles, 1:51.98 All Weather Track FT.
(Dark Bay or Brown Colt ,
Rock Hard Ten Kalahari Cat , by Cape Town
BCloverleaf Farms II, Inc. , KY ; OSterling Racing ; TKelly J. Breen
(Dark Bay or Brown Colt ,
Lion Heart Captivating , by Arch
BWilliam D. Graham , ON ; OJohn C. Oxley ; TMark E. Casse
(Chestnut Colt ,
Frost Giant Apocalyptic , by Hickman Creek
BAndrew Cohen , NY ; OSunrise Stables, Tolchin, Gary, Flanagan, Aubrey and Smith, Bob ; TAnthony W. Dutrow
Margins: 1½, 1, 1 . Others: Taken by the Storm 123 ($25,575) , Fear the Kitten 123 ($15,345) , For Greater Glory 123 ($5,500) , Channel Isle 123 ($5,500) , My Name Is Michael 123 ($5,500) , Capo Bastone 123 ($5,500) , General Election 123 ($5,500) , Balance the Books 123 ($5,500) , Mac the Man 123 ($5,500) . Winning Jockey, Joe Bravo.
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral S. Recap
The story of Black Onyx, upset winner of the March 23 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park, has brought Woodford Thoroughbreds general manager Matt Lyons both disappointment and joy.
The disappointment came when the son of Rock Hard Ten was purchased for $125,000 by Sam Herzberg at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. He was consigned by Cloverleaf Farms II through Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent.
“He was a good horse from the very beginning and was in the top level of physicals of horses we had that year. I don’t think the sale price really reflected what the horse looked like, but it all worked out in the end,” said Lyons of Black Onyx, who was bred in the name of John Sykes’ Cloverleaf Farms II.
The joyous part of the story was Black Onyx’s latest victory, which caused Herz-
berg’s Sterling Racing and trainer Kelly Breen to put in a late nomination for the colt to contend in the Triple Crown races. “It’s very exciting to have one go to the Kentucky Derby (Presented by Yum! Brands, gr. I); we’re thrilled,” said Lyons.
It was the first stakes score for the son of Rock Hard Ten, who now boasts a record of 3-1-0 from five starts, for earnings of $407,810.
Black Onyx is out of the winning Cape Town mare Kalahari Cat, who is a half sister to Desert Gold (by Seeking the Gold), the dam of English group I victor White Moonstone (by Dynaformer).
Kalahari Cat was purchased for $600,000 by Cloverleaf Farms II through Brent Fernung, agent, at the 2006 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Consigned by Legacy Bloodstock, agent, she was in foal to Ghostzapper.
Breezy Stories (by Damascus), the second dam of Kalahari Cat, is a half sister to Canadian champion and New Zealand leading sire Sound Reason. She is also the dam of Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Desert Stormer, who is the granddam of 2012 grade I winner Better Lucky (by Ghostzapper).
Among Kalahari Cat’s other offspring are the winning, grade II-placed runner Quality Council (by Elusive Quality), stakes winner Francois (by Smarty Jones), and a yearling Tapit colt, which Woodford will sell later this year. Kept at Woodford near Versailles, Ky., Kalahari Cat is in foal to Congrats.
Rock Hard Ten, who began his stud career at Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, is the sire of 14 stakes winners and stands for a private fee at KRA Jeju Stud Farm in the Republic of Korea.—E.M.