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Mare returns show US breeding decline

THE North American Jockey Club today released its Report of Mares Bred statistics for 2009, with figures pointing to an accelerated decline in breeding activity in the jurisdiction.

The Jockey Club reports that, up to October 13 2009, 2,409 stallions covered 45,317 mares in North America. The number of stallions is down 8.9 per cent from the 2,643 reported at the same point in 2008, while the number of mares bred fell 13.5 per cent from 52,410.

The statistics represent approximately 92 per cent of the total number of mares that will eventually be reported as bred in 2009.

Foal - Coolmore

Foals: fewer in the US in 2010

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

The largest decline in breeding occurred at the top end of the market, where the number of stallions covering 100 or more mares declined for the fourth year in a row. Their number this year stands at 85, compared with 113 last year.

Those stallions covering three-figure books accounted for 24.6 per cent of the total mares reported as bred this year, down from 28 per cent in 2008.

Giant's Causeway and Medaglia D'Oro are currently registered as the joint-busiest stallions, having each covered 194 mares this year. Candy Ride (with 182 covers) was the third busiest, ahead of Lion Heart (180), Corinthian (171) and Tapit (170).

Broken down into states, Pennsylvania was alone in showing an increase in breeding activity, with the number of stallions up eight per cent on last year,from 89 to 96, and the number of mares bred up 25 per cent, from 1,237 to 1,550.

In Kentucky, North America's traditional horse breeding heartland, the number of stallions fell by three per cent and the number of mares bred fell by 10per cent.

The most alarming drop in breeding activity occurred in Florida, where the number of stallions dropped by 23 per cent and the number of mares bred plummeted by 24 per cent.

Earlier this month it was announced that Frank Stronach would be disbanding his Adena Springs stallion operation in Florida, with its residents being relocated to Kentucky and Ontario in Canada.





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