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 that gives viewers 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.”
Tapit - Southern Sonata, By Dixieland Band
In foal to Spendthrift Farm stallion Vekoma, Floripa (KY) is an 8-year-old gray or roan daughter of Tapit out of the Dixieland Band mare Southern Sonata. Unplaced in seven career starts, Floripa was purchased for $57,000 by Old Tavern Farm at the 2019 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Floripa has delivered two foals to date, including one winner. Her foal by Vekoma has an expected due date of May 5, 2022.