Thursday, October 18, 2007Contact: John Cooney
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Jockey Club releases 2007 report on mares bred statistics

The Jockey Club (US) today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for 2007 that show both an increase in Thoroughbred breeding activity in Kentucky and a second consecutive decline in the number of North American stallions covering at least 100 mares.

Based on RMBs received through Oct. 11, 2007, The Jockey Club reports that 2,808 stallions covered 56,796 mares in North America during 2007.

The statistics include the number of mares bred to each stallion and represent approximately 90 percent of the mares bred in 2007. The Jockey Club expects to receive an additional 800 to 1,000 RMBs from the 2007 breeding season, according to historical trends.

The number of stallions fell 8.0 percent from the 3,053 reported at this time in 2006, while the number of mares bred declined 4.4 percent from the 59,434 reported at this time last year.

“The number of stallions has persistently declined over the last two decades but the percentage decline to date for 2007 is larger than in recent years,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s vice president of registration services. “We encourage those who haven’t already done so to submit their RMBs as soon as possible to not only avoid delays in receiving their Service Certificates but to provide us with a good statistical base for assessing the 2008 foal crop.”

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