On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame introduced Foal Patrol, an interactive web program that allows fans to get an up-close day-by-day look at the emotional journey of the foaling process at Thoroughbred horse farms.
Foal Patrol is a one-of-a-kind collection of live web cameras where people can view real-time streams of several in-foal (pregnant) mares during their pregnancy through the actual foaling. The live camera feeds will be available beginning Dec. 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST daily with extended hours as the expected foaling date approaches.
The live cameras can be accessed for free by visiting www.foalpatrol.com. The website is optimized for viewing across all media platforms, including tablets and smart phones.
The Museum's president, John Hendrickson spearheaded the effort to create Foal Patrol, and along with his wife Marylou Whitney will be underwriting much of the project.
“I am thrilled that Foal Patrol has become a reality. New fans, racing enthusiasts, and young people will have their own virtual stable at their fingertips,” Hendrickson said. “They will get to know these magnificent athletes up close and personal and be an integral part of their lives through foaling and far beyond."
Foal Patrol will debut with five mares: Sabbatical at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. (in foal to stallion War Front with a due date of Jan. 28, 2018); Stopchargingmaria at Three Chimneys Farm in Versailles, Ky. (in foal to Pioneerof the Nile with a due date of Feb. 2, 2018); Centre Court at Shawnee Farm in Harrodsburg, Ky. (in foal to Medaglia d’Oro with a due date of Feb. 19, 2018); La Verdad at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, N.Y. (in foal to Tapit with a due date of March 15, 2018); and Memento d’Oro at Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs (in foal to Bodemeister with a due date of March 31, 2018).
Three additional mares are scheduled to be added to the Foal Patrol roster in March 2018: Via Veneto at Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Fla.; Bird Town at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky.; and Arravale at Chanteclair Farm in Versailles, Ky.
Foal Patrol will provide viewers with unprecedented access to what daily life for a mare in foal is like. Each individual mare page will feature updates on the horse and extensive educational content, including information on breeding, nutrition, information about the stallion the mare was bred to, and fun facts. There will also be a comprehensive background of each mare that includes her racing history, video, and image galleries. Regular blogging, video content, and audio interviews will keep fans of the horses updated on daily activities. Following the foaling, there will be updates on the development of the foal.
Fans following Foal Patrol can sign up for various contests, including opportunities to name some of the foals once they are born. There will be several prize packages announced throughout the duration of Foal Patrol that will feature unique racing experiences. Whitney and Hendrickson have donated their box seats for the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks as the grand prize, seating six at the finish line at Churchill Downs.
You can also sign up for alerts when there is notable activity involving the mares such as new blog postings or when the mare is close to the foaling date. Countdown clocks for each mare’s expected foaling date are included throughout the site. Visit foalpatrol.com to learn more and watch the mares!