Help a Lady foals triplets, April 1984

Help a Lady with one surviving filly, Oklahoma Historical Society (Daily Oklahoman, 1984.04.26) Help a Lady (1971 ch. f. by Scout Leader – Lily K. by Bolero) pictured with one of her two surviving fillies.
Photo: Oklahoma Historical Society, No. 2012.201.B0264.0041 (as originally published in the Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK), 04/26/1984)

“Help-A-Lady, a thoroughbred mare owned by Don Webster of Oklahoma City, gave birth to triplets Wednesday in an event so rare that several local veterinarians said they had never heard of it happening before.

All three fillies were born alive, but one died about 30 minutes after birth despite attempts to save it with oxygen and artificial respiration.

“The other two are doing fine,” said Bill Jaques, farm manager at Quail Valley Farms in north Oklahoma City where the births took place.

Veterinarian Kenneth Carlson of Oklahoma City said he has had a horse practice for more than 40 years and can’t remember ever hearing of triplets being born.

“It’s really not even in the literature,” said Mike Kollar, another local veterinarian. “I’ve certainly never seen triplets.”

Kollar said twins are born only 1 to 2 percent of the time and both make it full term only about 25 percent of the time.

Jacques said the first filly was born at about 5 a.m., the second at 11 a.m. and the third at 12:15 p.m. “I kind of expected twins when the first one was so small, but I sure didn’t expect triplets,” he said.

One of the fillies is being kept with its natural mother, while the second living filly was transferred to an adoptive mare.

The fillies were sired by Sound-Off. Quail Valley Farms is owned by Sam Coury.”
The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK), 04/26/1984

Note: While the births were reported, neither of the two surviving fillies were ever registered with the Jockey Club.


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