Foal Patrol, an initiative of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, was launched in December of 2017. This program was conceptualized by John Hendrickson, the Museum’s president, and his late wife, the renowned philanthropist and thoroughbred owner, Marylou Whitney. Foal Patrol is a one-of-a-kind collection of live web cameras, which gives a viewer rare insight into the life of mares during their pregnancies, including the actual birth and the first few weeks of their foal’s life. This program provides a behind-the-scenes look at what daily life is like for an in-foal mare, granting access to a previously sheltered stage of a thoroughbred’s life. This access allows dedicated racing fans and general animal lovers alike a chance to ask questions, engage with farms, and deepen their understanding of the thoroughbred industry as a whole. As Hendrickson said, “… once you see a foal born, you will never be the same.”
Foal Patrol is now entering its 5th season! Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 boasted more than 3.5 million combined views, and we hope Season 5 will be even bigger. Stay tuned to find out which farms and mares will participate this year. More information will become available as we near our December launch.
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