05/28/2014 12:12PM

Two white Thoroughbreds to compete at Belterra

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Chief White Fox, shown last year winning his maiden, will compete against fellow white Thoroughbred Wear the Mask Friday at Belterra Park.

A white Thoroughbred is an unusual sight to see on the track, but Friday’s seventh race at Belterra Park will feature two of the uniquely colored horses competing against one another.

Chief White Fox and Wear the Mask will be part of an eight-horse field at the newly reopened racetrack east of Cincinnati running in a six-furlong allowance race for non-winners of two.

White is the rarest color in the Thoroughbred registry, a genetic mutation that is dominantly inherited. In order to be classified as “white” by The Jockey Club, a horse’s entire coat, including the mane, tail, and legs, must be predominantly white.

Chief White Fox is a 4-year-old colt by The White Fox, whose name accurately portrays his coloring, out of the dark bay or brown Shirttail Flying mare Diamonds and Lace. He competes as a homebred for Paul Brown Jr., who also trains the colt.

Belterra Park has a history with sire The White Fox, who spent the bulk of his on-track career at the former River Downs, winning his maiden in his second start to notch his lone victory. The White Fox was later featured on the cover of the River Downs racing program.

Lori Wydick will have the mount for the first time aboard Chief White Fox, who has won one of 11 starts for earnings of $17,423. Unraced since last August, Chief White Fox’s maiden win came on July 1 at Mountaineer, when he cleared the field by 5 1/4 lengths in the one-mile race. He has also raced at Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, and Keeneland.

Wear the Mask is a 3-year-old colt by Airdrie Apache, a chestnut stallion registered by both The Jockey Club and the American Paint Horse Association, and who is spotted like a member of the latter breed organization. The colt is out of the unraced bay Hawkster mare Ms. Dubious, whose three winners from four foals to race include stakes winner Irish Fury.

Bred in Nevada by Kim Leavitt, Wear the Mask has won once in 11 starts and finished second five times for earnings of $10,683. The colt won a 5 1/2-furlong race at Beulah Park by 14 1/2 lengths in March, and most recently finished second in a May 16 allowance race at Belterra.

Rodrigo Vergara will retain the assignment aboard Wear the Mask on Friday for owner Paul Megson and trainer Ivan Vazquez.