Thursday, September 13, 2007Contact: John Cooney
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Release US 2006 Breeding Figures

The Jockey Club today reported that 3,881 stallions covered 63,629 mares in North America during 2006, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 6, 2007. These matings have resulted in 36,317 live foals of 2007 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 6, 2007.

As in past years, The Jockey Club estimates that the reporting of live foals, at this point in time, is approximately 90 percent complete. The reporting of live foals of 2007 is slightly behind last year’s pace when The Jockey Club had received reports for 36,630 live foals of 2006 by this date.

“Although live foal reporting is a little behind last year at this time, we will receive additional reports in the coming months and we expect our previously announced projection of 37,500 registered foals for North America in 2007 to be on target,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s vice president of registration services. “Breeders who have yet to report their 2007 live foals should do so immediately to complete the registration of their foals within the one-year deadline and avoid late registration fees.”

In addition to the 36,317 live foals of 2007 reported through Sept. 6, The Jockey Club had also received 7,425 No Foal Reports for the 2007 foaling season.

The number of stallions declined 2.8 percent from the 3,992 reported for 2005 at this time last year, while the number of mares bred decreased 0.8 percent from the 64,123 reported for 2005.

The 2006 breeding statistics are available alphabetically by stallion name through the Publications & Resources link on The Jockey Club homepage at

Iuliano emphasized that the breeding statistics are not a measurement of the live foals born in each state or province, but rather a count of state/province-sired live foals, regardless of where the foals were born. He also stressed that the statistics should not be taken to represent the fertility record of any one stallion.

Kentucky annually leads all states and provinces in terms of Thoroughbred breeding activity. Kentucky-based stallions accounted for 33.7 percent of the mares reported bred in North America in 2006 and 40.8 percent of the live foals reported for 2007.

The 21,455 mares reported bred to 372 Kentucky stallions in 2006 have produced 14,801 live foals, a 0.4 percent increase on the 14,748 Kentucky-sired live foals of 2006 reported at this time last year. The number of mares reported bred to Kentucky stallions in 2006 increased 0.7 percent against the 21,310 reported for 2005 at this time last year.

Among the 14 states and provinces in which stallions covered at least 1,000 mares in 2006, four produced more state/province-sired live foals in 2007 than in 2006 as reported at this time last year and 10 produced fewer.