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.

Tora Yome More than 1 year ago
I miss "The Gray Ghost" an annual Halloween race for grays only.
bill n More than 1 year ago
Was Alphabet Soup White?
W.G. WARM WIND More than 1 year ago
No, he was listed as a grey or roan.
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
OMG where is the irr Reverend Jesse J to call out horse racing for some diversity?
Brian Hall More than 1 year ago
seeing anything white anymore is amazing...
will More than 1 year ago
1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
Do the bars still handle more than the horses at River?
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
I guess that anything that is white,and competing anymore is pretty rare,and 2,is amazing!Just look at basketball,when was the last time you saw 2 white guys on the floor?
bill n More than 1 year ago
Go to a Timberwolves game.
will More than 1 year ago
when was the last time you saw two black guys at a tennis game (don't count the venus sisters)...don't bother using race.. it just sounds stupid
mark oleary More than 1 year ago
I have been a student of horse colors for many years and the thought of two white horses is astonishing but to have them at the same track and then in the same race is truly a rarity. I have watched the colors that come up in thoroughbreds and note that to get a gray or a roan, one parent has to be gray or roan,Two chestnuts bred to each other will always produce a chestnut, and then there's that dominant bay stallion whose every offspring is always bay. So I wonder how the white thoroughbreds figure into this little colors game, but because there are'nt that many, we might never know.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
What are the odds of that, two 'white' horses in the same race let alone at the same track? Make sure you check out Ms Livingston's pages, it'll be right up your alley.
Jamie Coughlin More than 1 year ago
Dominant white is a mutation of the kit gene. It will sometimes pop up out of nowhere (literally) when that foal's kit gene mutates in utero. The foal will then have a 50/50 chance of passing on some version (expression ranges from flashy markings through roaning and ticking and spotting to pure white) to their offspring. Once people realized (or could prove) they were purebred white TBs have been showing up more often, before the original "founders" were thought impure and were culled.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I hope you and, or, Mark, read's this reply and can make a short follow up. I am not well versed in breeding, at all, but it is fascinating to say the least. Linda Rice had a filly, about 25 or more years ago, named Ready Jet Go, a gorgeous brown bay, with a "Pie bald" face, I think she called it. I was always mesmerized by her face, as I walked by her many times, and of course, had to "meet her". The only similar face I can recall, that is similar, is the one of the QH, Foose, but RJG's face was even more pronounced.. Is it the mutations of the kit genes from RJG's parents that gave her the "pie bald" face? Thanks :)
Dave Tewell More than 1 year ago
Where the hell is Belterra Park?
Lmaris More than 1 year ago
It is outside Cincinnati, and was formerly known as River Downs. Changing the name hasn't improves this bottom rung track.
Cleon Silence More than 1 year ago
changing the name does not improve the track but, adding money to the purses will, and putting a good racing secretary in place will help,, if he is a good one.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Bad horses racing for big money doesn't improve anything
krnbentley More than 1 year ago
A name change? Obviously you haven't seen this NEW facility! This may be at the same address here in the Queen City but its not the same ole same ole place. This is a dream cone true for the horsemen who have spent their lives and life savings at the previous establishment. Finally this is waaay more than a name change. Beautiful grounds and newly built white barns with outside stalls can be seen from the street view. Excellent restaurants, new parking garage, live and simulcast racing as well as slots! This Belterra Racino is way more than a name change! And anyone who knows anything about Thoroughbred racing knows that better Purses attract better horses. Geeze.. give this some time. It just got underway!
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
BFE for sure
W.G. WARM WIND More than 1 year ago
Location of the old River Downs that was closed and replaces with Beterra.