Super Bowl Sunday was especially exciting for Patchen Wilkes Farm in Lexington, Ky., as they welcomed a new white foal during the second half of the game. The filly was the 13th white foal born on the farm since 1995 in one of the cuter statistical anomalies in horse racing.
Of more than 2.1 million Thoroughbreds registered by The Jockey Club since 1803, 179 have been white. That’s just .000085 percent. To have 13 born at one farm in the span of 22 years would be incredibly unlikely. But Patchen Wilkes isn’t just any farm.