Live foal report numbers for 2017 from The Jockey Club show that Maryland stallions had by far the greatest percentage of change among the top-10 states, with a 21.7 percent rise in foal numbers compared to 2016.
Maryland production in 2017 moved the state into sixth in the country (from eighth in 2016), with 500 foals by Maryland stallions reported, up from 411 foals in 2016. Only Kentucky (1.7 percent) and California (0.3 percent) showed increases.
“It is important to note that the live foals reported in The Jockey Club breeding statistics are by conception area and do not represent the state in which a foal was born,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director, The Jockey Club. “Breeding statistics also are not a representation of a stallion’s fertility record.”
The total figures nationwide show 1,863 stallions bred 36,045 mares in North America in 2016, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 13, 2017, with the breedings resulting in 21,624 live foals of 2017.
A total of 37 Maryland stallions covered 929 mares in 2016. Leading the way was Northview Stallion Station’s Golden Lad, who bred 104 mares his first year. Three Maryland stallions have had at least 50 foals reported to date – Golden Lad (59), Seville (Ger) (54) and Imagining (50).
The Jockey Club estimates that the number of live foals reported so far is approximately 90 percent complete. Ultimately, the 2017 registered foal crop is projected to reach 22,500.
The 2016 breeding statistics are available alphabetically by stallion name through the Resources – Fact Book link on The Jockey Club homepage at jockeyclub.com.
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