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Daily Dose of Adorable: Rare White TB Colt

Meet this beautiful and rare-colored Thoroughbred colt from Rockridge Stud in Hudson, New York!

This little guy blazed around social media immediately after his birth, and America’s Best Racing put together a video to introduce Rockridge Stud’s white colt to the world:

True “white” Thoroughbreds are rare, and the genetics behind them might surprise you: according to this article on PaulickReport.com, this color pattern is not due to the pairing of two rare genetic carriers — it’s basically just a genetic mutation. The reasoning behind this theory is that once these genetics appear, they’re inherited so dominantly that it’s unlikely that they’ve been “hiding” for generations while waiting for the correct combination.

The colt’s dam, Princesspatseattle, is by Airdrie Apache, a white Thoroughbred with a mottled coat, currently recognized as the leading sire of white and spotted Thoroughbreds. His genetic mutation clearly lives on through Princesspatseattle, as this colt is the second white foal she’s thrown.

Best of luck to you, little white Thoroughbred! We’ll be looking for you on the track in a few years.

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