Painting the Sky. 2 yr old filly by Yankee Gentlemanhttp://www.pedigreequery.com/painting+the+sky
This filly broke her maiden last night (2/21/16) at Delta Downs. Her name is Painting the Sky. Shes duel registered thoroughbred and paint.https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlf1/v/t1.0-9/12743780_951687501535915_2468553807786918919_n.jpg?oh=9cd65e14c06abbef5cf0f9b1173c2dd3&oe=57252CD6
She would be easy to 'spot' in a crowd. Striking filly!
Immortal sure looks black to me, too, although I've seen horses photograph dark depending on the lighting. As for the Japanese breeding for color, it does help that the aforementioned fancy horses can also run. They sure do love them, though. IIRC, Yukichan was considered to be the most beautiful horse in Japan during her career, and I love the way Buchiko's handlers dress to match her.
She's blue-eyed. Weird for a horse with a DW mutation. Blue eyes usually came from splash in TBs.https://twitter.com/deltaracing/status/679703294743310336
For the record - those "born white" horses are still brown or red based. That "white" is just a very extensive sabino or splash markings. Hail to Reason is a major color influence, especially through Halo (who was also a true black) and Roberto. It's why Japan gets all of those flashy kids through Sunday Silence Yes, that was the common belief for the white thoroughbred...that it was a loud expression of the sabino. But during my side-tracked research of the grey & white thoroughbred, "modern genetic sequencing found...that a majority of loud white coloring actually carry a different allele of the same gene (KIT) that can cause sabino-like patterns. There are 11 variants of KIT and is listed as "dominant white". Only genetic testing can determine whether a horse that appears sabino or white carries the sabino allele or the dominant white version of the KIT gene....these loud sabino-patterned horses (dominant white) seem to have arised from spontaneous mutations."Sources:July 26, 2013: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79463/mahubahs-corner-white-thoroughbredsOverview: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominant_whiteAnyway...I'm no expert, and will never claim to be...but I like to do research to learn. :oD
For the record - those "born white" horses are still brown or red based. That "white" is just a very extensive sabino or splash markings. Hail to Reason is a major color influence, especially through Halo (who was also a true black) and Roberto. It's why Japan gets all of those flashy kids through Sunday Silence
Japanese colt, Immortal.https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CWLclAyUYAANmsy.jpghttp://keibalab.jp/img/upload/keita_weekly/201508/150822_keita03.jpg
Yes @Delamont the pedigree chart shown above lists Sunday Silence as drkb/br. But tracing back in Immortal's lineage, there are several ancestors listed as black. As mentioned above: Halo (1969c, blk), and in the dam lineage: Surama-GER (1970c, blk), Raven Locks-GB (1945f, blk)...even Immortal's sire Manhattan Cafe-JPN (1998c) is listed as blk/br. I guess the only way to find out is to do a genetics test for coat color...idk. Perhaps @lauraj_cincinnati can provide some background on how they determine whether a horse is black or dark brown. At least today, they can do genetic testing to scientifically confirm coat colors. But back in Halo's and Surama's days, it might have been more based on very subtle exterior aspects for color determination...idk. :oDOh...here's Immortal's pedigree chart once again:http://www.pedigreequery.com/immortal9