AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A rare white horse was the winner of a race at the Mahoning Valley Race Course Monday afternoon.
Wear the Mask, a 4-year-old colt, placed first in the fourth race. A $2 bet paid out $19.40. It’s the second career victory for the horse.
The horse’s jockey was Megan Fadlovich and they won the race by more than two lengths, according to a news release from the Mahoning Valley Race Course. The final running time was 1:46:42.
The entire coat of the horse, including mane, tail and legs is completely white, according to the Jockey Club. A white coat is not considered albino, but rather a genetic mutation carried by a single dominant gene.
Less than 1 percent of all registered thoroughbreds are listed as white, according to the Jockey Club.
The victory, the second in 18 career starts and first in three starts this year for Wear the Mask, was worth more than $8,800 and pushed his career earnings past the $21,000 mark.
Trained by Ivan Vazquez, he is owned by Berva Megson of Megson Farms located in Calvert City, Ky., which currently boasts the largest stable of registered white thoroughbreds and broodmare band in North America.