Registered White Thoroughbred Track Favorite
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– There are over 1,300 horses stabled and training at Gulfstream Park, but it’s remarkably easy to pick out Lady Valentine among the sea of shimmering bay and chestnut coats. A rare Thoroughbred registered as white, the 2-year-old filly has just a few dark freckle marks on her ghostly coat.
“This is the first white horse I’ve seen down here,” trainer Aubrey Maragh remarked. “She’s a track favorite; everybody loves her out there. She has two little black spots near her ears. When she has her bath, she gets pink.”
Lady Valentine is a daughter of Allamystique, a uniquely marked white stallion who is known for his colorful offspring. She is the first foal from the hard-knocking chestnut mare Evolutionary Lady, a winner of seven of 53 career starts.
It has been six weeks since the unique filly joined Maragh’s 19-horse string at Gulfstream. Lady Valentine has breezed twice during that period and will eventually carry the colors of Box It Stable, but the conditioner is taking his time with her.
“She’s still growing and really needs to fill out,” Maragh explained. “She’s a baby. She’s a very nice horse, very playful. She doesn’t kick, she doesn’t bite. She doesn’t eat a lot, so we’re trying to get her to eat and put a little weight on.”
According to Maragh, Lady Valentine was purchased as a pet for her owner’s 13-year-old daughter, but will get a chance to see what she can do on the racetrack before a possible career as a show horse.
“He and his daughter come out to watch her train, mostly on weekends,” Maragh said. “They love that horse. I know I definitely won’t be running her [in claiming races].”
GULFSTREAM PARK is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets.The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. For more information contact David Joseph at [email protected] or call 954.457.6451.