Tale of the Cat, who covered the second most mares in North America during the 1999 breeding season, moved up to the top spot during the 2000 breeding season. The Ashford Stud stallion covered 176 mares during the 2000 breeding season after covering 147 mares in 1999.
The annual live foal report was issued by The Jockey Club today.
It marks the third straight year an Ashford stallion covered the most mares. Before Tale of the Cat in 2000, the list was led by Grand Slam in 1999 and Royal Academy in 1998.
As usual, The Jockey Club cautions that the list represents only about 90% of live foal reports, only those received by Aug. 31.
Data received by the industry's official registrar shows 4,554 stallions covered 64,338 mares in North America in 2000, producing 36,005 foals. The number of stallions decreased 0.9% from the 4,596 reported for 1999 at this time last year. There was a 4.2% increase on the 61,765 mares reported for 1999.
Thoroughbred breeding activity in Kentucky again paced the nation. In Kentucky, 20,998 mares reported bred in 2000 produced 13,693 live foals. Florida reported 7,225 mares bred and 4,182 live foals while California reported 5,577 mares bred and 3,372 live foals.
Remaining states on the top 10 breeding activity list in 2000 are: Texas, reporting 3,603 mares bred and 1,650 live foals; Louisiana, 2,212 / 1,163; New York, 2,137 / 1,264; Oklahoma, 1,912 / 875; Maryland, 1,856 / 1,104; Washington, 1,642 / 829; and Illinois, 1,306 / 553.
The statistics include 157 progeny sired by stallions standing in North America but foaled abroad. In this category, 33 live foals by North American stallions were reported from Great Britain.
The report also includes 57 mares bred to 8 stallions in North America on Southern Hemisphere time. The vast majority of these mares have not yet foaled.Complete List (alphabetical by stallion) from The Jockey Club