Black Onyx Scratched From Kentucky Derby

Black Onyx was scratched from the May 4 Kentucky Derby after a chip was found in his left front fetlock.
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Black Onyx was scratched late Friday morning (May 3) from the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at Churchill Downs.

The decision to remove Sterling Racing’s entrant from the May 4 classic at 1 1/4 miles was due to a non-displaced chip in a left fetlock discovered after Black Onyx trained the morning of May 3, trainer Kelly Breen said.

"We noticed a little swelling in his ankle this morning," Breen said at a press conference at Churchill Downs. "It brought major concern right away. He did gallop this morning. He came back and on a scale of lameness on a one out of five, it was a one. It did warrant us to take an X ray where we found that he does have a chip in his left ankle."

The scratch came after the 9 o’clock scratch time

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Frank Angst is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. An American Horse Publications three-time winner in best news story category, Angst has covered horse racing for more than a decade. Angst spent ten years at Thoroughbred Times, where he earned awards as that magazine’s senior writer and helped launch Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Besides covering horse racing, Angst enjoys handicapping. Angst has written about sports for more than 20 years, including several seasons covering a nationally ranked Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

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