The Jockey Club today reported the North American registered foal crop for 1998 at 35,917.
The 1998 registered foal crop, which could increase slightly as a result of a 1999 rule amendment permitting registration beyond a foal's two-year-old year for an additional fee, is comprised of 32,849 foals in the United States, 2,336 in Canada and 732 in Puerto Rico. Kentucky leads all states with 9,490 foal registrations. Following Kentucky are Florida (3,897), California (3,213), Texas (2,253) and New York (1,340).
The North American registered foal crop of 1998 increased 2.3 per cent compared to the 1997 foal crop of 35,120. The Jockey Club projects modest increases for the registered foal crops of 1999-2001. The 1999 estimate is 36,500, with 36,700 registered foals projected for 2000 and 37,300 in 2001.