Of more than 1300 horses in training at Florida’s Gulfstream Park racecourse, Lady Valentine is a stand-out.
Among the sea of shimmering bay and chestnut coats, the rare white thoroughbred filly has just a few dark freckle marks on her coat.
“This is the first white horse I’ve seen down here,” trainer Aubrey Maragh said. “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 two-year-old daughter of Allamystique, a uniquely marked white stallion who is known for his colorful offspring. She is the first foal from the chestnut mare Evolutionary Lady, a winner of seven of 53 career starts.
It has been six weeks since the 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 said. “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 bought 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].”
Allamystique is a son of Airdrie Apache, a chestnut sabino whose color comes from his dam, Not Quite White. Allamystique was a winner at three, before bowing a tendon. He stood at Reed Hill Farm before being sold to Jan and Peter Paulson, of Reddick, Florida, near Ocala.
Lady Valentine’s dam is Evolutionary Lady (by Geri). She has had two other colored foals, both by Remarquez, by the late Racey Remarque.