10/22/2015 10:53AM

Number of reported mares bred holds steady in 2015


The Jockey Club released its North American Report of Mares Bred statistics for the 2015 breeding season, which revealed fewer active stallions and an almost even number or mares bred compared with the same point on the calendar in 2014.

The statistics indicated 34,627 mares were bred in North America during the most recent breeding season, down 0.3 percent from 34,540 in 2014. Active stallions fell 6 percent from 6 percent from 1,547 to 1,449.

Based upon historical reporting trends, The Jockey Club estimates an additional 2,000 to 3,000 mares will be reported as bred during the 2015 breeding season, which will affect final live foal numbers compared with Reports of Mares Bred.

The market showed a preference toward an increasingly select group of stallions, with the number to breed 100 or more mares rising from 97 to 105. Those stallions accounted for 42 percent of all mares bred in North America in 2015, compared with 36 percent in 2014.

Ashford Stud and Spendthrift Farm housed the top five stallions by mares bred, led by Ashford’s Uncle Mo with 221. Coolmore’s American stallion operation also accounted for second place with Scat Daddy’s 217 mares and the fourth spot with Shanghai Bobby’s 202. Spendthrift Farm’s Into Mischief finished third with 201 mares, while Temple City was fifth with 199.

Ashford’s roster was also the most active among first-year stallions, with Declaration of War leading that group with 192 mares bred. Verrazano came next at 185, followed by Spendthrift Farm’s Goldencents at 179, and Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm’s Violence at 177.

Honorable Dillon of Rockridge Stud in Hudson, N.Y. was the fifth-leading first-year stallion with 170 mares bred. He was also the only stallion residing outside of Kentucky to finish in the top 20 by mares bred, leading a group of non-Kentucky stallions that included New York’s Big Brown (138), Florida’s Uncaptured (137) and Adios Charlie (128), and California’s Champ Pegasus (124).

Kentucky maintained its traditional spot as North America’s most active Thoroughbred breeding state, with 208 stallions covering 17,448 mares, which accounts for 50 percent of all the mares bred in North America this year. That number increased 4 percent from 16,826 mares bred at the same point last year.

Rounding out the top 10 were Florida, California, New York, Louisiana, Ontario, New Mexico, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

Ontario saw the biggest proportionate growth in mares bred, with its 797 mares bred representing a 27 percent increase. Other top 10 states to see increases in mares bred in 2015 include California (4 percent) and Maryland (5 percent). Leading states that saw a decline in mares bred include Florida (0.7 percent), New York (4 percent), Louisiana (7 percent), New Mexico (9 percent), Oklahoma (7 percent), and Pennsylvania (23 percent).