10/17/2013 10:15AM

Jockey Club releases 2013 Report of Mares Bred

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The Jockey Club released its 2013 Report of Mares Bred, which displayed a continued decline in the stallion population and the number of mares those stallions bred.

According to the report, which represents approximately 90 percent of the mares that eventually will be reported as bred in 2013, a total of 1,698 stallions covered 34,174 mares. Those numbers marked declines of nine percent and three percent respectively, compared to 2012, when 1,861 stallions covered 35,391 mares by last year’s deadline.

The figures represent reports received through October 10, 2013, and The Jockey Club expects to subsequently receive an additional 3,000 to 4,000 Reports of Mares Bred during the 2013 breeding season.

The number of stallions covering 100 mares or more increased by one this year to 88, led by Spendthrift Farm sire Into Mischief, who covered 210 mares. Fellow Spendthrift sire Archarcharch tied with WinStar Farm stallion Harlan’s Holiday for the second-most mares bred, with 187. Rounding out the top ten were Kitten’s Joy (184), Majestic Warrior (176), Tizway (175), Bodemeister (173), Paddy O’ Prado (171), Shackleford (168), and Warrior’s Reward (165).

The 2013 report also showed a three percent increase in the number of mares bred to stallions with a book size of 100 or more. Stallions with books between 75 and 99 bred 12 percent fewer mares, while those with books between 50 and 74 mares saw an increase of 11 percent. Stallions with books between 25 and 49 mares fell by 16 percent, while those with fewer than 25 mares dropped five percent.

True to form, Kentucky was once again the far and away leader by stallions and mares bred, with 235 stallions covering 15,695 mares representing 46 percent of all mares reported bred in North America. Coming in behind Kentucky by number of mares bred was Florida, with 2,853 bred, edging out third-place California with 2,332. Rounding out the top ten states and provinces was Louisiana (1,833), New York (1,560), New Mexico (971), Oklahoma (928), Pennsylvania (902) Texas (865), and Ontario (726).

Kentucky was one of only three states in the top ten to see an increased number of mares bred in 2013, improving two percent. The other two states are Oklahoma (up two percent) and Texas (up four percent). With its increase in mares bred, Texas replaced Indiana in the top ten states and provinces.

Three states in the top ten saw double digit percentage drops in mares bred, none more drastic than Ontario, whose future appears murky after casino revenues were targeted by the province’s government. Ontario bred 44 percent fewer mares in 2013 with 44 percent fewer stallions. Also seeing significant drops in mares bred were Pennsylvania (down 15 percent) and Louisiana (down 12 percent).