KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. — More than 1.2 million people tuned in to a webcam to watch April the Giraffe give birth at a New York zoo in 2017. Mark Reid, owner of Walnut Green Farm 40 miles west of Philadelphia in Chester County, Pa., plans to capture at least some of that same excitement with a webcam that follows the birth of foals.
The 24/7, live video feed can be viewed via www.PennHorseRacing.com.
The first mare to foal, High Quail, was due March 16 but the colt decided to arrive early, on March 5.
The colt is sired by Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. 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 Ryan’s Smart Angle LLP.
“As any parent will tell you, births rarely happen according to plan, and this one was no exception,” said Walnut Green owner Mark 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 Walnut Green Farm live webcam will remain active for the foreseeable future. Two more mares are due in March.
“This is our way of sharing that excitement with the rest of the world,” said Reid, whose career in the horse racing industry began in 1974 under legendary trainer Dick Dutrow. “Some folks have even suggested throwing a baby shower. In my 45 years in the industry, I’ve never attended a horse baby shower, but I’m open to ideas for what that might be.”
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.
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.
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