The Jockey Club is projecting a 2014 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 22,000, it was announced Aug. 10 by Matt Iuliano, the organization's executive vice president and executive director.
A report on Kentucky's Thoroughbred breeding industry and related state programs that support it financially shows continued strength in quality despite decreases in funding and competition from gaming states.
The Jockey Club reminds stallion owners that all Reports of Mares Bred (RMB's) should be submitted on or before Sunday, Aug. 1. This is the first step in the registration process for foals of 2005 and timely submission of RMB's has a direct bearing on the subsequent issue of Service Certificates.
The Jockey Club is projecting a 2004 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 37,200, a marginal increase over 2003 and an indication that the foal crop size has stabilized following the decline in 2002 due to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS).
The Jockey Club is predicting that the 2002 foal crop in Kentucky will be about 2,000 less than last year's figure, primarily because of mare reproductive loss syndrome, but the projected decrease isn't as large as earlier estimates.