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North American 2012 foal crop forecast to drop

THE 2012 North American foal crop could be the smallest since 1971 after it was revealed in the US Jockey Club’s 2011 Report of Mares Bred that the number of mares bred in North America during the past season dropped by ten per cent.

The report, which is based on returns received until October 12, shows that 36,504 mares in North America were covered by 1,935 stallions, a drop of 11.5 per cent from 2010. Of those 36,504 mares, 15,714 – or 43 per cent - were based in Kentucky.

Earlier this year, the Jockey Club projected a foal crop of approximately of 24,700, which will be the lowest figure for 41 years.

However, the Jockey Club are still expecting another batch of late returns to be submitted, which according to historical trends could see the number of mares bred rise by as much as 4,000.

Last season’s leading first-crop sire, Congrats, was the only stallion to cover more than 200 mares. The son of A P Indy, who was transferred from Florida to Vinery’s Kentucky base for the 2011 season, covered 205 mares at a fee of $15,000. He was followed by Giant’s Causeway, who covered 198 mares at Ashford Stud.

Congrats was one of 84 stallions to cover a three-figure book compared to 82 in 2010.
 

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