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September 15, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

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The Jockey Club today reported that 4,145 stallions covered 64,052 mares in North America during 2004, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 8, 2005. These coverings have resulted in 37,025 live foals of 2005 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 8, 2005.
As in past years, The Jockey Club estimates that the reporting of live foals, at this point in time, is approximately 90 percent complete.
“While we’re running more than 750 live foals ahead of last year at this time, we still expect to receive another 3,500 or so Live Foal Reports in the coming months,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s vice president of registration services. “So we encourage the small percentage of breeders who have not yet done so to submit their Live Foal Reports.”
In addition to a tabulation of live foals reported by stallion, the report provides a sum of the 2005 No Foal Reports submitted to date for 2004 breedings. Through Sept. 8, The Jockey Club had received 7,519 No Foal Reports for the 2005 foaling season.
The number of stallions declined 1.4 percent from the 4,203 reported for 2003 at this time last year, while the number of mares bred increased 1.4 percent from the 63,154 reported for 2003.
The 2004 breeding statistics are available alphabetically by stallion name through the “Information and Statistics” link on The Jockey Club home page at
Iuliano emphasized the fact that the breeding statistics are not a measurement of the live foals born in each state, but rather a count of state-sired live foals, regardless of where the foals were born. In addition, the statistics should not be taken to represent the fertility record of any one stallion.
Thoroughbred breeding activity in Kentucky once again paced the nation. Kentucky stallions accounted for 31.9 percent of the mares reported bred in 2004 and 38.2 percent of the live foals reported for 2005.
In the Bluegrass State, 20,443 mares reported bred in 2004 have produced 14,141 live foals, a 2.5 percent increase on the 13,797 Kentucky-sired live foals of 2004 reported at this time last year. The number of mares reported bred to Kentucky stallions in 2004 increased 1.2 percent against the 20,207 reported for 2003 at this time last year.
Among the top 10 states by breeding activity in 2004, states whose stallions produced more live foals in 2005 than in 2004 at this time last year were:
State               2004 LF          2005 LF          % Increase
Kentucky         13,797             14,141             2.5%
Florida             3,979               4,084               2.6%
Louisiana          1,456               1,635               12.3%
Maryland          978                  997                  1.9%
New Mexico    616                  731                  18.7%
Oklahoma        687                  692                  0.7%
Washington      507                  640                  26.2%
States among the top 10 by breeding activity in 2004 whose stallions produced fewer live foals in 2005 than in 2004 as reported at this time last year were:
State               2004 LF          2005 LF          % Decrease
California          3,757               3,707               1.3%
New York        1,550               1,504               3.0%
Texas               1,573               1,432               9.0%
The statistics include 316 progeny sired by stallions standing in North America but foaled abroad, as reported by foreign Stud Book authorities at the time of publication. In this category, 50 live foals by North American stallions were reported from Japan (no report in 2004). Second was Mexico which reported 42 (10) foals.
Remaining countries on the list, with 2004 returns in parentheses, are: India, 33 (4); Korea, 33 (19); Great Britain, 30 (67); Ireland, 24 (64); France, 16 (26); Venezuela, 16 (no report in 2004); Chile, 15 (6); Saudi Arabia, 11 (3); Argentina, 9 (4); Jamaica, 8 (11); Philippines, 8 (9); Thailand, 5 (no report in 2004); Brazil, 4 (1); Barbados, 3 (2); Austria, 2 (no report in 2004); Germany, 2 (1); Turkey, 2 (1); Uruguay, 2 (no report in 2004); Italy, 1 (no report in 2004).
The report also includes 43 mares bred to 18 stallions in North America on Southern Hemisphere time. The majority of these mares have not foaled.