Mark Reid, owner of Walnut Green Farm 40 miles west of Philadelphia in Chester County, Pennsylvania, planned to capture at least some of that same excitement with a webcam that follows the birth of a foal to one of the most famous stallions in horse racing history.
That legendary sire is American Pharoah, who captured the attention of sports fans worldwide in 2015 when he became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing — an elusive title that includes wins at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
American Pharoah's colt surprised Walnut Green Farm by arriving early, several weeks before his March 16 due date. The yet-to-be-named foal and his mother, High Quail, are receiving some tender loving care at a nearby equine clinic due to his early arrival. The new colt weighed in at a healthy 140 pounds.
“As any parent will tell you, births rarely happen according to plan, and this one was no exception,” said Reid. “But we're happy that the colt has arrived and are looking forward to tracking his progress to see if he can follow in his legendary father's footsteps.”
The mother of American Pharoah's offspring is High Quail, a 2006 mare by the famous Tiznow, who also boasts a star-studded damline, including Seattle Slew. High Quail is owned by Dan Smart Angle LLP.
The Walnut Green Farm live webcam at PennHorseRacing.com is still active and will remain active for the foreseeable future. There are many other horses at Walnut Green Farm — some of which are expecting foals of their own — and fans can follow those horses and their journeys to parenthood.
The idea to install a webcam came after a conversation between Reid and members of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association. Setting up the live video feed wasn't easy, however, as the farm had no existing internet infrastructure.
“Pennsylvania has a rich history as the breeding ground for many legendary horses, including Smarty Jones, who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 2005,” said Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association President Pete Peterson. “It's hard to say what the future holds for this foal, but we predict big things, and we're looking forward to welcoming him or her to the world.”
Since its founding in 2005, the 100-acre Walnut Green has produced many championship-caliber horses, including 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, who was bred, born and raised at the farm.
The 24/7, live video feed can be viewed at PennHorseRacing.com.
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