The Jockey Club has released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2018 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through Oct. 16, The Jockey Club reports that 1,214 stallions covered 30,274 mares in North America during 2018. The number of stallions declined 9.5 percent from the 1,342 reported at this time in 2017, and the number of mares bred decreased 5 percent from the 31,863 reported last year.
Ranked sixth, Maryland was one of four states in the top-10 with more mares covered in 2018 than 2017, and rose by the highest percentage, with 867 mares covered this year by 30 stallions, compared to the same number of stallions covering 768 in 2017, a 12.9 percent increase.
The average book of 28.9 mares per Maryland stallion is second only to Kentucky (with 76). The busiest Maryland stallions were Country Life Farm’s first-year sire Divining Rod with 102; Northview Stallion Station’s third-year stallion Golden Lad (77) and Maryland’s current leading sire Great Notion (75), first-year stallions Holy Boss and Madefromlucky, standing at Anchor and Hope and Northview Stallion Station, respectively, each with 69.
The Jockey Club estimates an additional 3,000 to 4,000 mares will be reported as bred during the 2018 breeding season.
RMB statistics for all reported stallions in 2018 are available through the Fact Book section of The Jockey Club’s website at jockeyclub.com. Read more