all in The Life

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.

Thoroughbreds in North America all celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 1, so as soon as the New Year rolls around, so does “foaling season” – that magical time that lasts from the beginning of January through the late spring when racehorse babies are born.

In this weekly piece, we’ll bring you the best of new arrivals to the Thoroughbred world. So sit back, relax, and take in the Cute Foals of the Week for 2017!

Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

No one can really put into words the centuries-long bond between horses and humans, especially the emotional and sometimes mystical attachment we have had with these magnificent creatures throughout history.

Thoroughbreds in North America all celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 1, so as soon as the New Year rolls around, so does “foaling season” – that magical time that lasts from the beginning of January through the late spring when racehorse babies are born. In this weekly piece, we’ll bring you the best of new arrivals to the Thoroughbred world. So sit back, relax, and take in the Cute Foals of the Week for 2017!

As long as the New England Patriots keep winning Super Bowls, and doing it in such dramatic fashion, I will keep telling this story, which first appeared in a much shorter version in 2001 and has been expanded since. What better time to re-tell it yet again,16 years after it all began.

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