08/20/2006 11:00PM

Foal crop in 2007 expected to rise

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The North American foal crop looks set to rise slightly in 2007, according to projections by The Jockey Club.

The Jockey Club is estimating that the 2007 foal crop will hit 37,500, an increase of 0.5 percent from the estimated 2006 registered foal crop of 37,300. The Jockey Club, the Thoroughbred breed's registering organization, makes its foal crop projections based on the annual Reports of Mares Bred. Those forms are to be filed by Aug. 1 of each breeding season, though some trickle in after the deadline.

Some horses are not registered until their 2-year-old seasons, making actual counts "problematic" until at least that time, The Jockey Club noted.

Stallion owners and managers who have yet to submit their Reports of Mares Bred for 2006 may submit them online at www.registry.jockeyclub.com.