Maryland stallions had the highest percentage of increase in the nation of live foals produced in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to The Jockey Club’s recently released 2018 Breeding Statistics. Among the top 10 states and provinces based on mares covered in 2018, Maryland was one of only three states to see an increase in production.
With statistics compiled through Sept. 26, Maryland saw an 11.2 percent increase with 537 Maryland-sired live foals compared to 483 reported in 2018. The other states showing a rise in numbers were California, with a 2.2 percent increase, and Louisiana, 2.1 percent. The Jockey Club estimates that the number of live foals reported so far is approximately 90 percent complete.
“Maryland is the only state to have a double-digit increase in foal production for the last two years. I think the thing to attribute that to is a program where the people that run racing, the people that run breeding, and the people that own horses are all walking in lock-step in an agreement for a long-term, stable business environment. And I think that’s really the key, that allows people to invest," stated T. K. Kuegler, founder and managing partner of Wasabi Ventures Stables and current MHBA board member. “Nothing is more important to a new stallion than how many mares you can get to it and having the one jurisdiction with growth happening allows you to bring a new stallion to that state and be successful," said Kuegler, who will be standing a new stallion in Maryland in 2020.
Maryland ranked sixth on the list of the top 10 states and provinces with the most mares covered in 2018, with 877 mares covered by 31 Maryland stallions, an average of more than 28 mares per stallion.
Maryland stallions with more than 20 live foals reported in 2019, based on The Jockey Club’s 2018 Breeding Statistics:
• Divining Rod, Country Life Farm - 69
• Holy Boss, Anchor & Hope Farm - 49
• Great Notion, Northview Stallion Station - 45
• Golden Lad, Northview Stallion Station - 42
• Mosler, Country Life Farm - 41
• Madefromlucky, Northview Stallion Station - 38
• Imagining, Anchor & Hope Farm - 31
• Blofeld, Murmur Farm - 26
• Bourbon Courage, Anchor & Hope Farm - 24
• Street Magician, Heritage Stallions - 22
The Jockey Club reported that 1,630 stallions covered 32,508 mares in North America during 2018, resulting in 20,363 live foals of 2019 being reported to TJC on Live Foal Reports, a 3.6 percent decrease from last year’s 21,130 live foals.