09/17/2015 9:33AM

The Jockey Club releases 2014 breeding statistics


A total of 2,103 stallions covered 37,244 mares in North America during the 2014 breeding season, resulting in 22,104 live foals in 2015, according to figures released Thursday by The Jockey Club.

The live foal count accounts for an increase of just under 2 percent from the previous breeding/foaling season, which produced 21,697 foals in 2014. The Jockey Club estimates that the number of live foals reported so far for 2015 is about 90 percent complete, with final registered foal crop projected at 22,000.

Additionally, The Jockey Club received 2,598 No Foal Reports for the 2015 foaling season.

The number of stallions active during the 2014 breeding season decreased 6 percent from the 2,230 reported in 2013, while the number of mares bred increased 2 percent from 36,656.

Kentucky once again led all states and provinces by active stallions and mares, with 17,088 mares bred to 256 stallions to produce 11,853 live foals, up 7 percent from the 11,089 Kentucky-sired live foals of 2014 reported in the autumn of that year.

The top 10 states and provinces by live foals in 2015 were Kentucky, California, Florida, New York, Louisiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, and Ontario. Among that group, only the top three saw gains in their state-sired foal activity, led by California, whose 1,767 live foals marked a 9 percent increase from 2014.

The statistics include 390 progeny of stallions standing in North America but foaled abroad, as reported by foreign stud book authorities at the time of publication. In that category, 124 live foals by North American stallions were reported from Saudi Arabia, 81 from Korea, 58 from Ireland, 41 from Great Britain, and 21 from the Philippines. Remaining countries on the list are Japan, 13; India, 11; Venezuela, 11; Mexico, 9; Russia, 7; Trinidad and Tobago, 6; Brazil, 3; Australia, 2; Germany, 2; Argentina, 1.

The report also includes 149 mares bred to 27 stallions in North America on Southern Hemisphere time. The majority of these mares have not foaled.