Skip to comments.Rare white Thoroughbred wins at Mountaineer
Posted on 07/04/2013 7:48:33 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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.
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A fiery horse with the speed of light ...
Fascinating. There are a few farms deliberately breeding colored JC registered Thoroughbreds for show purposes, getting palomino and buckskin TB foals from chestnut or bay mares, and getting paint foals from some other genetic combination, I don’t know what. No matter what his ultimate race record, this guy is going to worth a lot at stud because he has conformation as well as color.
I have been watching horse racing since the 70s, and don't recall too many white thoroughbreds.
I took liberty. It’s Clayton Moore on Silver. Not a thoroughbred, but white.
Chief White Fox
No, Silver, only the Lone Ranger wears the mask.
That is a beautiful horse
A beautiful but “terrified” horse, to be sure. Anyone who knows the body languange of these animals knows the albino is seeking comfort from his “pony horse” by trying to lean into the bay horse and hang his head over the neck....this is what horses normally do to seek comfort when they are fearful in the herd. I have been around horses all of my life. It pains me to see the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the normal, natural behavior of horses. The white horse is operating on pure adrenaline. If it wasn’t “challenged” in the field, before or during the race by an “alpha” horse’s body languange, it was able to use the adrenaline to it’s advantage and run a winning race. Those humans looking to place bets and be “winners” as well would benefit by studying equine body language and learn what makes a horse “ready”, “sharp” or a “loser”. I own a Thoroughbred who did his track time. He has the pedigree of a champion and the heart of what some would call a “loser”. I like him and he spends his time happily, with me and his buddies on our farm......who could ask for more??
There are some people breeding for BRINDLE horses, which are very cool looking.
Look at the right back hoof for an example. It's almost crippling in that picture.
I noticed the right rear hoof right away. It looks like it’s stapled together.
A little JB weld on that crack and you’re good to go.
Who WAS that masked horse? Unusual betting pattern on him.
Not an expert on horses, but...why are they racing a horse whose hoof looks like that?
Just looks bad...tell me if I’m wrong...
The only thing about horses I know for sure is that you should never purchase a horse that has survived foundering.
In case you don't know, if a horse breaks into a grain bin, it will eat until it literally cannot eat any more. It's stomach contents become so compacted that the horse will die without mechanical intervention to relieve the constipation.
aw, poor white horse, that makes me sad
Most good farriers will tell you that there is no biological or structural difference between pink hooves and black or striped ones. It's a myth that black hooves are harder. What's true is that a lot of Thoroughbreds have lousy feet. Some of this is due to the admixture of Northern Dancer's blood in the 1960s and subsequently, and some of it is due to the types of trims that are given to running Thoroughbreds, with a long toe and low heel. That gives more spring off the pastern and the possibility of more speed, but it also stresses the tendons and invites improper blood circulation through the hoof. Bad frog contact leads to bad circulation which leads to bad hoof quality.
Also, a lot of TBs have their hooves held together with Equilox, which is epoxy. You can imagine what that does to hoof quality over a period of time. Have you ever seen what happens to the nails of a woman who wears acrylic nails? Yes. Same disaster.
Add to those issues the fact that racehorses don't get good turnout on turf, they have their shoes constantly removed and changed and renailed, and you have a recipe for disaster.
That's a drastically abbreviated version of what's going on--it's much more complex and, to a non-horse person, boring. But I've seen quite a number of off-the-track Thoroughbreds who came home with horrible feet rehabbed with good farriery and trimming. It takes a year but they can get back to normal, or at least as normal as bad genes can make them.
Anyway, I'm not altogether sure that's a flaw in the hoof. Other photos don't show any darkness at that spot. Could be that's just mud and manure. Could be Equilox. Could be any number of things.
Not necessarily. I have an Appaloosa w/white feet who has the best hooves and is the soundest of my herd. I am able to keep him barefoot w/little or no hoof capsule distortion because I have a great farrier who keeps him well balanced! It may be that the racer just has manure or dirt packed up against the hoof wall making it look like it’s coming apart. The horses usually race in aluminum plates and it looks like there is a center clip on the rears and qtr clips on the front. Racing can be a brutal sport and there are a multitude of low level idiots with some extra money to spend that get involved thinking they can learn all they need to know on a You Tube video and that they have the next Secretariat. For the most part, serious owners, breeders and trainers give the best of care to their animals, they have HUGE dollars at stake and if they can bank some $$ behind a winner, they go on to be desireable studs and brood mares. I always say that horse trading is very much like used car salesmanship.....NOT for the feint-of-heart unless you KNOW what you are doing!! It is a sport in which most of your $$ gets flushed....VERY quickly!