VERSAILLES, Ky. — A colt by Pioneerof the Nile out of Mildly Offensive, born on Feb. 19 at WinStar Farm, is the first foal to be issued a digital certificate of foal registration by The Jockey Club. The transition to digital foal certificates from hard copies begins with the 2018 foal crop and was first announced at the Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on in August, 2016.

 “WinStar is proud to be the breeder of the first foal to receive a digital certificate, and we are pleased that the colt is by WinStar’s own Pioneerof the Nile,” said Elliot Walden, president and CEO of WinStar Farm.

Pioneerof the Nile was bred by the Zayat Stables, led by New Jersey businessman Ahmed Zayat and is also the sire of Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, who was campaigned by Zayat.

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“The initial rollout of digital certificates has gone well so far,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. “We look forward to feedback from breeders and farm personnel as they register their foals.”

Breeders, as well as those who act as agents for breeders, who do not have an Interactive Registration account should sign up for one at so that they can access their certificates of foal registration.Among the expected benefits of digital certificates of foal registration include:

Users will be able to access digital certificates any time on computers and mobile devices.

Owners and agents will not have to worry about losing or damaging certificates.

Operations will be streamlined, whether in the racing office, on the sales grounds, while transporting horses internationally, or when executing private transactions.

Additional useful enhancements are expected to be rolled out in the future as various local and national racing entities incorporate their authentications to the certificate.

“Overnight mail couriers may not be happy, but the digital foal certificates will save us a lot of money and time since we will no longer have to mail foal papers,” said Lisa Walker, farm secretary at Calumet Farm.

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at Additional information is available at

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