Patchen Princess, a white Thoroughbred, will make her career debut at Keeneland Oct. 14 in the sixth race, a $50,000 maiden race for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs on the main track. Bill Connelly trains the 2-year-old daughter of Pioneering, who will be ridden by John McKee, for Warren Rosenthal’s Patchen Wilkes Farm of Lexington.
“The man is 88 years old, and he’s going to really enjoy watching her run at Keeneland,” said Patchen Wilkes farm manager Barry Ezrine, of Rosenthal. “Whether she wins is secondary to running at Keeneland.”
Patchen Princess is the fifth registered white foal out of the winning Hatchet Man mare Patchen Beauty, who also is registered as white. Two of those foals–-The White Fox and Patchen Prince-– also are by Pioneering, and each of them made one start at Keeneland during their careers.
Among other white members of Patchen Princess’ family is her 6-year-old half-brother, White Prince. By Devil His Due, the gelding resides at the Kentucky Horse Park.
“He is a resident of our Breeds Barn and is in training to perform in our Parade of Breeds,” said Horse Park representative Cindy Rullman in a release. “He has been a huge hit with our guests.”
Ezrine said Rosenthal’s racing stable includes another white 2-year-old, Precious Beauty, who is out of Patchen Princess’ half-sister, Spot of Beauty, by Skip Away. Precious Beauty, by Whywhywhy, is in training for her first start.
Last winter, Arctic Bright, a white son of Painting Freedom, made headlines when he was sent to the California ranch of trainer Rex Peterson to be conditioned as a movie horse. Before he was Hollywood-bound, Arctic Bright finished unplaced in two starts at Turfway Park at 3.
According to The Jockey Club, a total of 131 Thoroughbreds have been registered as white.
“They aren’t as rare anymore,” said Shannon Luce, communications coordinator with The Jockey Club, in a statement. “A few people breed specifically for colored Thoroughbreds (horses with Paint-like markings), and some aim for white--not necessarily to race, but they register them with us regardless.”