The Jockey Club is projecting a 2013 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 24,700, the same number that was projected for the 2012 crop one year ago, it was announced Saturday by Matt Iuliano, the organization's executive vice president and executive director.
The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) received to date for the 2012 breeding season. RMBs are to be filed by August 1 of each breeding season.
Like the 2012 foal crop projection, the 2013 is the smallest foal crop since 1971, when 24,301 foals were registered.
Iuliano also announced Saturday that foal crop projections for 2010 and 2011 have been revised downward by 1,500 foals for each year.
"We have revised downward the estimates for the foal crops of 2010 and 2011 by 1,500 foals each," Iuliano stated. "The rate of registered foals produced from the number of mares bred has not met historical rates for these two foal crops."
The projected foal crop for 2010 is now 28,500 and the estimate for 2011 is now 25,500.
Stallion owners who have not returned their RMBs for the 2012 breeding season are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Submission of RMBs may be accomplished quickly and easily through Interactive Registration, the online service that enables registered users to perform virtually all registration-related activities over the Internet.