Sabbatical delivers first foal of Foal Patrol
PARIS, Ky. — Sabbatical, a mare owned by Phipps Stable residing at historic Claiborne Farm, delivered the first foal of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol project at 5:50 a.m. this morning.
The foal, a bay colt by War Front, was an early arrival, as the farm had a projected foaling date of Jan. 28. Both Sabbatical and the foal are in perfect health. Video of the foaling and several other clips, in addition to the live feed of Sabbatical and her colt, can be viewed at www.foalpatrol.com.
“We’re so excited to see the first foal of Foal Patrol. Congratulations to Phipps Stable and everyone at Claiborne Farm,” said Cathy Marino, director of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. “We are thrilled they agreed to be part of this new initiative of the Museum. One of the Museum’s priorities is to make the sport of thoroughbred racing accessible to as many people as possible and Foal Patrol is a wonderful way for people to get unprecedented insight into the breeding of a racehorse, one of the most essential components of the sport. We’re looking forward to seeing this colt grow and develop on the way to the racetrack.”
Phipps Stable has agreed to let fans of Foal Patrol submit potential names for the colt as part of an online contest on the Foal Patrol website. Naming suggestions will be accepted through Feb. 2. The winning name will receive a special prize package, including a tour of Claiborne Farm, courtesy of one of the Museum’s partners, Horse Country. More information about Horse Country can be found at www.visithorsecountry.com.
The next Foal Patrol mare scheduled to deliver her foal is Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Stopchargingmaria. In foal to Pioneerof the Nile, Stopchargingmaria is projected to deliver her foal at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky around Feb. 2. Multiple graded stakes winner Centre Court is also scheduled to deliver her foal by Medaglia d’Oro on the Foal Patrol website around Feb. 19.
Fans of Foal Patrol can sign up for foaling alerts and contests on the website, including a grand prize of box seats for six at the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, courtesy of Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, the Museum president.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame launched Foal Patrol on Dec. 19 at www.foalpatrol.com. The project is 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 are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with extended hours as the expected foaling dates approach. The website is optimized for viewing across all media platforms, including tablets and smart phones.
For more information about the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, visit www.racingmuseum.org or call (518) 584-0400.