09/13/2013 10:15AM

The Jockey Club releases 2012 breeding statistics


The Jockey Club projects another year of declining foal crops, but at a much slower rate than in previous years. According to the breed organization’s annual Live Foal Report, released Friday, 22,001 foals of 2013 have been reported to The Jockey Club as of Sept. 9. That marks a 2.2 percent decrease from the 22,500 reports received last year by this time, marking the smallest decrease since 2007.

The organization estimates that the number of live foals reported so far is approximately 90 percent complete. Ultimately, the 2013 registered foal crop is projected to reach 23,000.

The Jockey Club reports that a total of 2,392 stallions covered 37,908 mares in 2012 According to the breed organization’s figures, the number of stallion to cover a mare in 2012 decreased 8.7 percent from the 2,620 reported for 2011 at this time last year. The number of mares bred decreased 4.8 percent from the 39,838 in last year’s report.

The Jockey Club noted that the breeding statistics are a count of live foals by conception area, and not a measurement of the live foals born in each state or province. The top 10 states or provinces by live foals conceived in 2013 were Kentucky, Florida, California, Louisiana, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The latter of that group is new to the top 10 for 2013, replacing last year’s 10th-highest state, Indiana.

Kentucky, the perennial leader by mares bred and live foals, submitted 15,569 reports of mares bred in 2012, covered by 249 stallions. That produced 10,726 live foals in 2013 and comprised 48.8 percent of the live foals reported in North America for 2013. The figure is a 2.1 percent decrease from last year’s live foal total of 10,960.

The biggest gain among the top 10 states came from New York, which saw its foal crop spike 36.2 percent from 2012. The state’s breeding program has seen a resurgence in popularity since the implementation of casino gaming at Aqueduct in late 2011 boosted purses and breeders’ incentive programs.

The only other top-10 state to post a gain in live foals from last year was Florida, which widened its margin as the North America’s second-largest producer of Thoroughbreds with a 6.6 percent gain.

Making the biggest drop among the top 10 states by percentage was New Mexico, which saw its foal crop shrink by 14 percent in 2013. Louisiana also saw a significant decrease of nearly 13 percent.

The top four North American stallions by mares bred remained unchanged from last year, led by Ashford Stud’s Cape Blanco with 220 mares bred. Rounding out the top five were Ashford’s Scat Daddy (217 mares bred), Ramsey Farm’s Kitten’s Joy (215), Ashford’s Uncle Mo (211) and Malibu Moon of Spendthrift Farm (174).

Cape Blanco also led all North American stallions by live foals for his 2013 crop, with 170. Behind him were Kitten’s Joy and Uncle Mo (167), and Scat Daddy (155), followed by Ashford’s Giant’s Causeway and Darley’s Bernardini (128).

The stallion with the most mares bred outside of Kentucky was Florida sire Leroidesanimaux, sire of champion Animal Kingdom, who bred 152 mares in 2012 for 98 live foals. Leroidesanimaux stands at HallMarc Stallions at Stonewall Farm in Ocala, Fla.

The statistics include 322 progeny of stallions standing in North America but foaled abroad, as reported by foreign stud book authorities at the time of publication.

In this category, 103 live foals by North American stallions were reported from Republic of Korea, 60 from Great Britain, and 42 from Ireland. Remaining countries on the list are Philippines, 23; Japan, 19; Mexico, 17; Brazil, 13; France, 11; Jamaica, 10; Argentina, India, and Thailand, five each; Qatar, three; Chile and the Dominican Republic, two each; and Ecuador and Sweden, one each.