The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will launch an innovative new project called Foal Patrol, a one-of-a-kind collection of live web cameras where people can view real-time streams of several in-foal 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.
“We are delighted to be the first to offer this one-of-a-kind program that will build new fans and strengthen insights for racing enthusiasts,” said Cathy Marino, the Museum’s director. “We are so thankful for the creative mind and generous heart of our president, John Hendrickson, who brought the Museum this opportunity. In addition to creating the concept of Foal Patrol, Mr. Hendrickson and his wife, renowned philanthropist and thoroughbred owner Marylou Whitney, are underwriting most 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. One of my most-appreciated experiences is to be at Whitney Farm in Kentucky witnessing the foaling process. I truly believe, once you see a foal born, you will never be the same. I want everyone to feel ownership in this wonderful sport, with the magnificent beauty and tranquility of the farms as the backdrop. Foal Patrol will enable everyone to have unprecedented
insight into a thoroughbred’s life and allow the followers to learn while having fun.”
Foal Patrol will debut with five mares: Sabbatical at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky (in foal to War Front with an expected foaling date of Jan. 28, 2018); Stopchargingmaria at Three Chimneys Farm in Versailles, Kentucky (in foal to Pioneerof the Nile with an expected foaling date of Feb. 2, 2018); Centre Court at Shawnee Farm in Harrodsburg, Kentucky (in foal to Medaglia d’Oro with an expected foaling date of Feb. 19, 2018); La Verdad at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, New York (in foal to Tapit with an expected foaling date of March 15, 2018); and Memento d’Oro at Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs (in foal to Bodemeister with an expected foaling date of March 31, 2018). (More information on these mares can be found below.)
Three additional mares are scheduled to be added to the Foal Patrol roster in March 2018: Via Veneto at Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Florida (in foal to Bodemeister with an expected foaling date of April 25, 2018); Bird Town at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky (in foal to Empire Maker with an expected foaling date of April 26, 2018); and Arravale at Chanteclair Farm in Versailles, Kentucky (in foal to American Pharoah with an expected foaling date of May 24, 2018).
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 its 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 experience packages. Whitney and Hendrickson have donated their box seats for the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks as the grand prize. The box seats six and is located at the finish line at Churchill Downs.
People 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 will be included throughout the site.
“The development of Foal Patrol has been a collaborative effort within the racing industry. Everybody in the game is invested in it and wants to see it succeed and grow,” Hendrickson said. “The Museum has been fortunate to work with the talented teams at The Jockey Club, Keeneland Broadcast Services and Fingerpaint Marketing in this effort to bring Foal Patrol from concept to reality. We’d also like to thank all the owners and farms that are supporting this project and granting us such unprecedented access to these special horses. We are most grateful to everyone for their enthusiastic support of this initiative.”
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame would like to thank Harold Palmer and his team at The Jockey Club Technology Services; G.D. Hieronymus and Keeneland Broadcast Services; New World Resources; Carr-Hughes Productions; Fingerpaint Marketing; Empire Exhibits and Displays; Phipps Stable; Claiborne Farm; Three Chimneys Farm; G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. and Shawnee Farm; Lady Sheila Stable; Vivien Malloy and Edition Farm; Walt Borisenok and Old Tavern Farm; Donald R. Dizney and Double Diamond Farm; Marylou Whitney and Gainesway Farm; Charles E. Noell and Chanteclair Farm; I Love New York; Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce; Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau; Maureen Lewi; Visit Lex, Horse Country, Stewart’s Shops, Ocala Visitors and Convention Bureau; and Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms.
For more information about the Museum, including special events and program offerings, please call (518) 584-0400 or visit our website at www.racingmuseum.org.
A bay daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of the A.P. Indy mare Daydreaming, Sabbatical was bred and campaigned by Phipps Stable and trained by Hall of Famer Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey III. She broke her maiden in her fourth career start, winning a maiden special weight at Keeneland on April 11, 2014. She added another victory that year in an allowance race at Saratoga. Sabbatical won her third race the following year, earning a victory in an allowance optional claimer at Saratoga. She finished with three wins from 11 career starts.
Sabbatical is in foal to War Front at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.
A dark bay daughter of Tale of the Cat out of the Montbrook mare Exotic Bloom, Stopchargingmaria was campaigned for most of her racing career by Repole Stable and trained by Todd Pletcher. A winner of seven graded stakes, including three Grade 1s, Stopchargingmaria broke her maiden as a 2-year-old in her career debut at Saratoga in 2013. Later in the year, she won the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes and closed out her juvenile season with a victory in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct.
As a 3-year-old in 2014, Stopchargingmaria won the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico and followed with Grade 1 wins in the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama Stakes during the Saratoga meet.
As a 4-year-old in 2015, Stopchargingmaria added wins in the Grade 3 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes and the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap before winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland. In the Breeders’ Cup, ridden by Javier Castellano, Stopchargingmaria defeated Stellar Wind by a neck.
Stopchargingmaria ran twice in 2016 as a 5-year-old before being retired with a record of 9-4-1 from 18 starts and earnings of $3,014,000. She was sold at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall 2016 Mixed Sale to Three Chimneys Farm for $2,800,000.
Stopchargingmaria is in foal to Pioneerof the Nile at Three Chimneys.
A dark bay daughter of Smart Strike, Centre Court was bred and campaigned by G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. and trained by George R. Arnold II. After making one start as a 2-year-old in 2009, Centre Court finished second in a pair of maiden special weight races to begin her 3-year-old campaign before scoring her first victory at Churchill Downs on May 19, 2012. Moving into graded stakes company, Centre Court proceeded to win the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs and then the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga. She then finished second in both the Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga and the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. Returning to Churchill that November, Centre Court closed out her season with her third graded win of the year in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (Grade 2).
In 2013, Centre Court won the Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes at Gulfstream and the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland. She repeated in the Honey Fox in 2014 as a 5-year-old, giving her graded stakes wins in three consecutive years. Centre Court was retired with a career record of 7-4-0 from 19 starts and earnings of $961,048.
Centre Court is in foal to Medaglia d’Oro at Humphrey’s Shawnee Farm in Kentucky.
Bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs, Memento d’Oro is a dark bay daughter of multiple graded stakes winner Medaglia d’Oro out of Intangaroo, a multiple graded stakes winner sired by Eclipse Award winner Orientate. Campaigned by Stronach Stables, Memento d’Oro was trained by Jose Corrales. Racing in 2015 and 2016, Memento d’Oro finished second in a maiden special weight at Laurel Park in January 2016 before earning her lone career victory that March at Laurel by 2½ lengths. With her impressive pedigree, Memento d’Oro was regarded as a strong broodmare prospect and was purchased by Walt Borisenok for $160,000 and sent to his Old Tavern Farm, which is located near Saratoga Race Course in New York.
Memento d’Oro is in foal to Bodemeister at Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs, New York.
A bay daughter of Yes It’s True out of the Hook and Ladder mare Noble Fire, La Verdad was bred in New York. Campaigned by Lady Sheila Stable and trained by Linda Rice, La Verdad broke her maiden in her second career start on April 7, 2013 at Aqueduct. She won her next four races — all allowance optional claiming events — before advancing into stakes company. She finished second in her first stakes try in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park in February of 2014. La Verdad then won four consecutive stakes races: the Broadway Stakes, Distaff Handicap (Grade 2), Critical Eye Stakes and the Dancin Renee Stakes. She added a victory in the Iroquois Stakes later in the year.
In 2015, La Verdad won the Eclipse Award for Champion Female Sprinter. Her victories included the Distaff Handicap (Grade 2), Vagrancy Handicap (Grade 3), Dancin Renee Stakes, Gallant Bloom Handicap (Grade 2) and Iroquois Stakes. She also finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. La Verdad won her 11 and final career stakes race in January of 2016 in the Interborough Stakes. She was retired with a career record of 16-3-0 from 25 starts and earnings of $1,563,200.
La Verdad is in foal to Tapit at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, New York.
A dark bay daughter of Eclipse Award winner Orientate out of the Smart Strike mare Run Sarah Run, Via Veneto was bred in Florida by her owner, Don Dizney, who named her after the street Via Veneto in Rome. Via Veneto’s dam was stakes-placed during her racing career and is also the dam of Grade 1 winner First Dude, a half-brother to Via Veneto. First Dude, retired to Dizney’s Double Diamond Farm in Florida in 2011, has been a leading sire. Like her half-brother, Via Veneto was trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.
She won her career debut at Del Mar in 2008. Via Veneto raced through age four. She won the Bangles and Beads Stakes in her final career start in 2010 and was retired with a record of 3-3-1 from 12 starts and earnings of $123,950. Via Veneto has had five foals and is currently in foal to Bodemeister, sire of 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.
The foal Via Veneto is carrying at Double Diamond Farm will be a full sibling to Via Veneto Square, a 2-year-old filly currently in training with Baffert in California.
A bay daughter by Cape Town out of the Storm Bird mare Dear Birdie, Bird Town was bred and campaigned by Marylou Whitney and trained by Nick Zito. After finishing second in her career debut at Keeneland as a 2-year-old in October of 2002, Bird Town broke her maiden in her subsequent start at Churchill Downs the following month. Bird Town raced twice more as a juvenile, finishing second in an allowance at Churchill and third in the listed Three Rings Stakes at Calder.
Bird Town began her sophomore campaign by finishing second in an allowance at Gulfstream Park before winning her first stakes race, the Charon Stakes, at Gulfstream in February of 2003. She then finished second in the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland. On May 2, 2003, before a crowd of 100,523, Bird Town, with Edgar Prado aboard, won the 129th running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks by 3¼ lengths, setting a stakes record of 1:48.64. Bird Town followed with another Grade 1 victory, winning the Acorn Stakes by a head. She also finished second in both the Test Stakes and Beldame Stakes that year and was named the Eclipse Award winner for Champion 3-year-old filly. Overall, Bird Town posted a record of 4-6-1 from 12 starts and earned $871,251.
Bird Town is in foal to Empire Maker at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky.
A dark bay or brown daughter of Arch out of the Kaldoun (FR) mare Kalosca (FR), Arravale was a three-time graded stakes winner and won the Canadian Sovereign Awards in 2006 for Horse of the Year and Champion Turf Mare.
Trained by Benson MacDonald, Arravale won her career debut as a 2-year-old at Woodbine in August of 2005 and a month later won the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes at the same venue. As a 3-year-old in 2006, Arravale won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes. She also won the listed Alywow Stakes that year and finished second in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes and third in the Grade 1 American Oaks. Arravale finished her career with a record of 5-1-2 from 15 starts and earned $1,129,697. Arravale was purchased by Merriebelle Stable at the Keeneland Association November 2016 Breeding Stock Sale for $490,000.
Residing at Chanteclair Farm in Kentucky, Arravale is in foal to American Pharoah.