The young white Thoroughbred has attracted a lot of attention in New Zealand of late, drawing increased focus on the 2016 National Thoroughbred Yearling Sales in Karaka, Auckland. The pure white filly, a fully-registered Thoroughbred numbered Lot 113 for the sale, entered into the auction ring on Jan. 25 and was received like a rising star. She behaved regally during the international bidding duel that began in the large public gallery during the bidding during the National Yearling Sale. Undoubtedly the lure of the beautiful white Thoroughbred filly and her international scope on the internet drew many people to Karaka with curiosity and interest.
The filly, a stunning young horse representing the Thoroughbred breed despite her unusual coat color, was sired by High Chaparral out of The Opera House by Zabeel. She was bred and born at Windsor Park Stud, which also has her half-brother by Shamexpress, also a white horse. The filly, called A Vivid Shock, is not an albino and is pure white with brown eyes.
Anticipation surrounded A Vivid Shock from birth and followed her via the internet all the way to the sale. Rodney Schick, spokesman for Windsor Park Stud, told the press that the filly was pretty unique at the 90-year-old sale since she was the first white horse to go under the gavel. He mused that there are many who love and want this horse but others think she’ll require too much shampoo.
Andrew Seabrook representing NZ Bloodstock concurred that A Vivid Shock was the first white horse they had sold out of 100,000 over 90 years. He said, “There are only a handful of white registered thoroughbreds in the world.”
And then it was the filly’s turn to strut for the large audience, many of whom had come to see her. There was some fierce bidding competition from serious “powerhouse” buyers but, when the rivalry was over and the gavel went down, the buyer was a Japanese businessman named Hideo Takadaru. He had purchased A Vivid Shock for $450,000 or in US $293,000.
Takadaru acknowledged it was through viewing videos on the internet that he became attracted to the filly.
He said he had come to New Zealand specifically to purchase this white filly. He liked the horse he saw in the videos. Takadaru won the final bid over David Ellis. Said Takadaru,
I would like to race her in New Zealand and then take her back to Japan to become a broodmare, where she could visit a stallion like Deep Impact.
Schick was delighted and noted that the sale exceeded Windsor Park Stud’s expectations.
Rucki has written a number of articles about white Thoroughbred racehorses. Here is a partial list with links:
~ White Thoroughbred filly and racehorse prospect purchased by Calumet Farms
~ Four-year-old white Thoroughbred races to victory
~ White Thoroughbred filly catches attention of racing fans
~ Four-year-old white Thoroughbred races to Ohio victory
~ White Thoroughbred and potential race filly to wear hip 293
~ White Thoroughbred racehorse hopeful to go through Fasiq Tipton
~ Japanese Thoroughbred fill, white with spots, becoming overnight sensation