The white mare Beautiful Devil (Devil His Due – Spot of Beauty, by Skip Away) foaled a white filly on Feb. 5, 2017, during the Super Bowl. By WinStar Farm's Louisiana Derby-winning Revolutionary, the filly was born at Patchen Wilkes Farm in Lexington.
Patchen Wilkes Farm has become well-known for its white Thoroughbred foals over the years, and the newest filly descends from a line of white mares along her dam's side. The line traces back seven generations to the famed White Beauty of 1963, born on the same farm, who was the first white horse registered by the Jockey Club.
According to Natalie Voss, it's thought that the genetic ingredients for White Beauty's white coat stemmed from her sire, the chestnut sabino named Ky Colonel, who also produced War Colors. War Colors was registered as gray or roan, but in reality was likely white also.
Likely a genetic mutation, the white coat color is usually dominantly inherited once it appears, which explains the seventh generation white filly's inheritance of the rare coat color.
To read more at the genetics of white Thoroughbreds and Patchen Wilkes Farm, check out this Paulick Report article.
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