For the second consecutive year, Adena Springs tops the list of leading individual breeders in North America in 2004 with earnings of $14,225,036, according to statistics released Friday by The Jockey Club Information Systems.Adena Springs bred the winners of 400 races from 2,540 starts and is followed by the late John Franks, who bred the winners of 542 races from 4,309 starts for earnings of $10,296,813.
Adena Springs also heads a second breeder list that includes partnerships, although the nursery was not represented by any runners bred in partnership. Runner-up was Franks who, alone or in partnership, bred the winners of 569 races from 4,497 starts for earnings of $11,102,598.
Rounding out the list of top 10 individual breeders were: Farnsworth Farms, $8,684,897 (472 wins/3,703 starts); Someday Farm, $7,563,853 (6/11); Mr. and Mrs. John C. Mabee, $5,063,818 (201/1,322); Arthur Appleton, $5,042,948 (160/858); Juddmonte Farms, $4,989,627 (55/283); Ken and Sarah Ramsey, $4,832,083 (111/655); Sam-Son Farm, $4,782,501 (51/317); and Edward P. Evans, $4,775,260 (138/997).
Completing the list of top 10 breeders including partnerships were: Farnsworth Farms, $10,111,530 (590 wins/4,491 starts); Someday Farm, $7,563,853 (6/12); William S. Farish, $5,661,499 (226/1,453); Mr. and Mrs. John C. Mabee, $5,063,818 (no horses bred in partnership); Arthur Appleton, $5,042,948 (160/859); Juddmonte Farms, $4,989,627 (no horses bred in partnership); Sez Who Thoroughbreds, $4,906,670 (213/1,440); and Ken and Sarah Ramsey, $4,832,083 (no horses bred in partnership).
The complete lists of the top 100 breeders of 2004 are accessible at no charge through http://www.equineline.com.
The TJCIS leading breeders' lists are published as a service to the industry and, as in years past, Canadian earnings in 2004 were counted on par with American earnings. Last month, The Jockey Club and Equibase Company completed the software modifications necessary to begin converting Canadian earnings into their equivalent amount in U.S. funds beginning Jan. 1, 2005.