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US foal crop to hit long-time low in 2010

THE 2010 foal crop in the USA is projected to be the smallest since 1977, according to a press statement issued by the Jockey  Club on Friday.

A figure of 30,000 for the North American registered thoroughbred foal crop in 2010 would compare with an estimate of 34,000 for 2009, one that has been revised downwards from 35,400. A total of 30,036 foals were registered in 1977.

"After remaining stable for more than a decade, the number of mares bred has declined annually beginning in 2006 and the rate of that decline has accelerated in each of the last two breeding seasons,"said Matt Iuliano, the Jockey Club's vice president of registration services.

"These declines will have an obvious impact on the business in the years ahead, most notably at the racetrack, where, on average, 70 per cent of registered foals make at least one career start."

The foal crop projection is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) which are requested by August 1 of each breeding season.

"We strongly encourage all stallion owners to submit their 2009 Reports of Mares Bred as soon as possible so that we can fully gauge the impact of these declines in 2009 breeding activity," Iuliano added.

"As always, we will publish this information in full as soon as a representative number of reports are in hand."







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