Number of Foals Down About 5%
Fewer foals this year probably means fewer racehorses for the future. The Jockey Club reported that 3,638 stallions covered 61,262 mares in North America during 2007, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 4, 2008. These matings have resulted in 34,561 live foals of 2008 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of Sept. 4, 2008.
As in past years, The Jockey Club estimates that the reporting of live foals, at this point in time, is approximately 90% complete. The reporting of live foals of 2008 is down 4.8% from last year at this time when The Jockey Club had received reports for 36,317 live foals of 2007.
“The decline in live foals of 2008 reported to date corresponds to the decline in mares bred during 2007,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s vice president of registration services. “These factors led us to revise our registered foal crop projection for 2008 downward by 900 foals to 36,600.”
Central Kentucky stallions Johannesburg and Stormy Atlantic came in tops by number of live foals so far. Each was bred to upwards of 190 mares in 2007 and each reached the 150-mark by number of live foals this year. Forty-five stallions are represented by 100 or more live foals this year compared to 37 stallions in 2007.
Johannesburg (Hennessy—Myth, by Ogygian) was bred to 195 mares and came through with 153 live foals. He stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Stormy Atlantic, who holds court at John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington, covered 199 mares, and the result was 150 live foals. He is by Storm Cat out of the grade I-winning Seattle Slew mare Hail Atlantis.
The number of stallions declined 6.3 percent from the 3,881 reported for 2006 at this time last year, while the number of mares bred decreased 3.7 percent from the 63,629 reported for 2006.
The 11 states and provinces, ranked by number of state/province-sired live foals of 2008 reported through Sept. 4, are:
The statistics include 525 progeny of stallions standing in North America but foaled abroad, as reported by foreign stud book authorities at the time of publication. In this category, 135 live foals by North American stallions were reported from Korea (128 reported in 2007). Second was Venezuela, which reported 67 live foals (27 reported in 2007).
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