The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has launched 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 foaling.
A total of eight mares are scheduled to be part of the project.
2012 CHRHF Inductee Arravale, bred in Kentucky by W. Bruce Lunsford, was owned by Robert J.Costigan, and conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Mac Benson, who carefully guided her through a 15-race career, winning at distances from 6 ½ furlongs to 1 ¼ miles is scheduled to deliver an American Pharoah foal at Chanteclair Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, late May 2018 and will be part of phase two of the project in March along with,
– Via Veneto, at Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Florida, in foal to Bodemeister with an expected foaling date of April 25, 2018; and
– Bird Town, at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, in foal to Empire Maker with an expected foaling date of April 26, 2018;
The initial phase of the project debuted December 19th 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, New York, in foal to Bodemeister with an expected foaling date of March 31, 2018.
The live camera feeds began Dec. 19 and will be available 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 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.”
Hendrickson said, “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. 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.”
Additional information about Arravale can be found at http://horseracinghalloffame.com/2012/08/04/arravale/