Cape Blanco North America's busiest stallion
GALILEO fever has spread to the US, judging by the annual 'Report of Mares Bred' statistics released by the American Jockey Club on Friday.
Cape Blanco, a five-time Group or Grade 1 winner for Aidan O'Brien, was the busiest stallion in America this year, when he became the first major son of Galileo to stand in the US.
Cape Blanco covered 220 mares at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky, a figure that edged out his studmate Scat Daddy on 217 covers.
Kitten's Joy, like Cape Blanco a representative of the Sadler's Wells sire-line as a son of El Prado, was America's third busiest stallion of 2012 with 213 covers.
Completing the top five were another Ashford Stud newcomer, Uncle Mo, on 211 covers, and Bernardini's debutant son Wilburn on 169.
Overall, the American Jockey Club reported that in North America 1,861 stallions had covered 35,391 mares. The statistics cover around 90 per cent of the mares eventually reported as covered in 2012.
The number of stallions declined by four per cent from the 1,935 reported this time last year, and the number of mares fell by three per cent from the 36,504 reported last year.
Kentucky saw a two per cent drop in the number of mares bred in 2012, with the figure falling to 15,361. The number of stallions in Kentucky fell by a similar percentage.
Louisiana showed the biggest drop in thoroughbred breeding activity, with the number of mares covered falling 23 per cent from last year to 2,072.
New York saw the biggest upswing in breeding activity, with a 43 per cent increase in mares bred to 1,641 and an increase in stallions in the state, from 51 to 60.