White Thoroughbred wins at Mountaineer

CHESTER – Chief White Fox, whose color is officially registered as “white” by the Jockey Club, broke his maiden in his ninth career try in the second race at Mountaineer Racetrack on Monday.

The 3-year-old colt prevailed by 5 lengths in a $19,400 maiden special weight event at the one mile distance, and as the post-time wagering favorite returned $4.80, 2.60 and 2.20 across the board. His final time was 1:42.92 on a fast track.

Paul H. Brown Jr. bred Chief White Fox in Kentucky, and also owns and trains him.

“He’s been a hard one to train,” said Brown, who is originally from Salyersville, Ky., and now lives at Elmhurst Farm on Winchester Road near Lexington.

“But when it comes to racing, Chief White Fox is a professional, 100 percent. He was born and raised at Elmhurst. I condition him at Keeneland’s Thoroughbred Training Center on Paris Pike.

“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.”

Chief White Fox is by the late sire the White Fox, who stood at Hopewell Farm, and was a son of Pioneering. The White Fox, who was also registered as “white” in color, died in 2010 – he raced eight times and registered a single career victory, at River Downs in June 2005.

“White” is the rarest color in the thoroughbred registry, and is not to be confused with “gray” or “roan.”

The White Fox was out of the dam, Patchen Beauty, who is also registered as “white;” as was Patchen Beauty’s dam, Precious Beauty; as was Precious Beauty’s maternal grand-dam, White Beauty.

Precious Beauty was twice a winner from 23 starts. Precious Beauty never raced. White Beauty, foaled in 1963, was the first thoroughbred in North America to be registered by the Jockey Club as “white.” The dam of Chief White Fox, Diamonds and Lace, is registered as “dark bay or brown” in color.

In his prior efforts, Chief White Fox had finished unplaced in all of them: four times on the synthetic surface at Turfway Park; once on the grass at Keeneland; twice on the main oval at Churchill Downs; and once on the main track at Mountaineer.

Marco A. Ccamaque rode Chief White Fox to his victory. The colt earned a winner’s share of $11,834, elevating his career bankroll to $16,091.