|Thursday, October 18, 2001||Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326|
|The Jockey Club Releases 2001 Report of Mares Bred Statistics|
The Jockey Club today reported, as of October 12, that Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) had been received for 3,457 stallions which covered 58,318 mares in 2001.
The information represents between 85 and 90 per cent of the stallions that covered mares in 2001 and provides a compilation of the number of mares bred to each stallion.
The number of stallions declined 6.1 per cent from the 3,681 reported at this time last year, while the number of mares bred decreased for the first time since 1995, slipping 2.5 per cent from the 59,785 reported at this time in 2000.
“Although stallion book size continues to increase, the fact that fewer mares were bred coupled with the impact of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome in Kentucky will weigh significantly on next year’s foal crop, which we cautiously projected at 35,600 back in August,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s vice president of registration services.
The number of stallions bred to 100 or more mares decreased from 82 last year to 77 in 2001. Thunder Gulch led all stallions with 216 mares bred. States in which a stallion covered at least 100 mares were Kentucky (54 stallions); Florida (11); California (4); Maryland (3); New York (2); Texas (2); and Oklahoma (1).
Although historical trends indicate that The Jockey Club will receive an additional 400 to 600 RMBs from the 2001 breeding season, Iuliano said the overwhelming majority of outstanding reports are not from the auction sales sector.
RMB statistics for all reported stallions in 2001 are available on The Jockey Club web site at http://home.jockeyclub.com/maresbred/2001/index.html.