09/21/2017 12:06PM

Jockey Club annual statistics show slight decline in breeding activity

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The Jockey Club’s 2016 breeding statistics, released Thursday, revealed a slight decline in breeding activity among both stallions and broodmares during the 2016 breeding/2017 foaling season.

The report shows 1,863 stallions covered 36,045 mares in North America during the 2016 breeding season, resulting in 21,624 live foals reported in 2017. Compared with the 2015 season, active stallions fell 3.1 percent from 1,923, while mares dipped 2.5 percent from 36,964.

The figures represent about 90 percent of the overall foal production in North America, with some reports still to be submitted. The Jockey Club projects the 2017 foal crop to reach 22,500 at final count.

In addition to the 21,624 live foal reports received through Sept. 13, The Jockey Club received 2,467 No Foal Reports as a result of 2016 matings.

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Keeping with tradition, Kentucky was once again the leading state by Thoroughbred activity, with its stallions covering 49.7 percent of North America’s mare population and siring 57.3 percent of the live foals reported for 2017.

In total, 17,912 mares were reported bred to 245 Kentucky stallions in 2016, producing 12,396 live foals, marking a 1.7 percent increase from the 12,184 Kentucky-sired live foals conceived during the 2015 breeding season. The number of mares reported bred to Kentucky stallions increased 1.8 percent from 17,598.

Behind Kentucky, the top 10 states or provinces by sired foals of 2017 were California (1,726), Florida (1,514), New York (912), Louisiana (799), Maryland (500), Ontario (397), New Mexico (370), Oklahoma (341), and Pennsylvania (289).

Of the top 10 states and provinces, only three sired more foals in 2017 than in 2016 – Kentucky, California, and Maryland, the latter of which grew by 21.7 percent. The biggest decline by percentage among the top 10 came from New Mexico, which saw its live foal reports shrink by 18.1 percent.

Champion Uncle Mo had the most reported foals of the 2017 crop, with 207.

Uncle Mo, a resident of Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., was also North America’s leader by mares bred in 2016, with 256, giving him an 81 percent rate of reported live foals from mares bred.

The foals of 2017 make up the sixth crop for Uncle Mo, whose first crop helped him set the single-season records for freshman sire earnings and overall juvenile earnings in 2015, led by champion and eventual Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist.

Rounding out the top five was Into Mischief with 179 live foals, Kitten’s Joy with 173 live foals, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah of Ashford Stud with 163, and fellow Ashford resident Verrazano with 137.

The next five to close out the top 10 were Spendthrift’s Goldencents with 136, Ashford’s Munnings with 132, Carpe Diem of WinStar Farm with 130, Palace Malice of Three Chimneys Farm with 129, and Spendthrift resident Wicked Strong with 128.

The first-year stallions with largest foal crops were American Pharoah (163), Carpe Diem (130), Palace Malice (129), Wicked Strong (128), WinStar Farm’s Constitution (125), Honor Code of Lane’s End (117), Tapiture of Darby Dan Farm (116), Lane’s End resident Liam’s Map (116), Ashford Stud’s Competitive Edge (109), and Lane’s End’s Tonalist (99).

Kentucky residents accounted for the top 49 stallions by live foals of 2017. The top five stallions from other markets were Champ Pegasus of California (71), Florida resident Khozan (67), Kantharos, who moved from Florida to Kentucky following the 2016 breeding season (54), New York stallion Central Banker (66), and New York’s Mission Impazible (65).

Canada’s top five sires by live foals of 2017 were Giant Gizmo (46), Bakken (36), Society’s Chairman (32), Frac Daddy (31), and Souper Speedy (30). Bakken, a British Columbia resident, was the only one that did not reside in Ontario.