07/02/2013 2:39PM

Rare white Thoroughbred wins at Mountaineer

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Chief White Fox, a rare white Thoroughbred, breaking his maiden July 1 at Mountaineer.

Chief White Fox, one of only a small handful of Thoroughbreds to be registered as “white” by The Jockey Club, broke his maiden on July 1 at Mountaineer Park in his ninth career start.

The 3-year-old son of The White Fox bested the runner-up by 5 ¼ lengths in the one-mile race under jockey Marco Ccamaque. He covered the distance in 1:42.92 over a track rated fast as the favorite.

With the victory, Chief White Fox increased his earnings to $16,091 from nine career starts in Kentucky and West Virginia. This marked the first time that he finished in the money.

“He’s been a hard one to train,” said Paul Brown Jr., the colt’s owner, breeder, and trainer, “But when it comes to racing, Chief White Fox is a professional, 100 percent.”

White is the rarest color in the Thoroughbred registry, a genetic mutation that is dominantly inherited. Diamonds and Lace, Chief White Fox’s dam, is a dark bay or brown Shirttail Flying mare with no white horses in her pedigree. Chief White Fox, her first white foal, is her third winner from as many offspring to race.

However, late sire The White Fox comes from a long line of registered white horses in the Patchen Wilkes Farm breeding program. Seven of the 10 foals by the deceased son of Pioneering are registered as white. Three have raced, with two winners; led by gray or roan gelding Patchen Fox, who has won four of 10 starts for earnings of $54,811.

Chief White Fox is the first white foal by The White Fox to win a race. The colt was born and raised at Brown’s Elmhurst Farm in Lexington, Ky.

“I condition him at Keeneland’s Thoroughbred Training Center on Paris Pike,” Brown said. “There have been a lot of show horse people who want to breed to him. But I’m going to keep racing him – at least for the time being.”

Jan Cross More than 1 year ago
rarest color in the USA...on the web...go to Shackleford Horse Foundatiion...there lives on Shackleford Banks a wild horse or two that is dark Mahogany bay/black socks with a pure white mane and tail! Astounding!
Rosemary Murphy More than 1 year ago
Great that the white horse won have followed the white horses and will enjoy reading the book when it's avaialble! A.M.
Eddie Donnally More than 1 year ago
Love this and it comes at a great time as my bio, "Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey's Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption," is about to be released. In 1960 at 16, I started my career at Patchen Wilkes Farm in Lexington, KY, where farm manager Herman Goodpaster promptly set me aboard his prize mare, Filly O Mine, making her the first thoroughbred I rode. Two years later she foaled White Beauty the first white foal registered by the Jockey Club. In 2006 I was the Development Director for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America where I started the White Horse Award, given each year at a ceremony the day the Breeders’ Cup races. Warren Rosenthal, a Jewish businessman who had focused on breeding white thoroughbreds and the owner of Patchen Wilkes, brought one of his white Thoroughbreds to Churchill Downs in conjunction with that year’s award. Late track announcer Luke Kruytbosch tells all there on the PA system that to Christians, the white horse represents the stallion Revelation 19:11 says Jesus will return to earth aboard for the final battle of Armageddon. At the same time, Rosenthal’s white Thoroughbred is ridden around the track and into the winners’ circle wearing a saddle towel, with lettering reading “Faithful” on one side and “True” on the other, names for Christ recorded in the same set of Scriptures. Only an odds-maker with heavenly wings could compute the morning line for that.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Magnificient beauty!
MT_Black More than 1 year ago
"Get the white horse up there!!!" "sons of a motherless goat!" -R.D.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
One beautiful animal...
Justin More than 1 year ago
Hes a Beauty!
Luca Brazi More than 1 year ago
Saw White Prince at Kentucky Horse Park in spring of 2012. Beautiful horse with almost tints of pink.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
just in time for the Lone Ranger movie!