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THE JOCKEY CLUB RELEASES 2000 BREEDING STATISTICS

The Jockey Club today reported, as of August 31, 2001, that 4,554 stallions covered 64,338 mares in North America during 2000. These coverings have resulted in 36,005 foals of 2001 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of August 31.

Jockey Club vice president, registration services, Matt Iuliano, cautioned that the 2001 foal crop count is not complete. Iuliano estimated that about 90 per cent of Live Foal Reports have been submitted.

"We provide these statistics as a service to the industry but they are only as good as what the breeders give us," he said. "I encourage the small minority of breeders who choose not to submit their Live Foal Reports on time to begin doing so in order that we can provide the most complete and meaningful statistics possible in coming years."

Once again this year, the report includes a sum of the 2001 Live Foal/No Foal Reports submitted to date for 2000 breedings, providing a more accurate count of each stallion's live foals.

The number of stallions decreased 0.9 per cent from the 4,596 reported for 1999 at this time last year. There was a 4.2 per cent increase on the 61,765 mares reported for 1999. The Jockey Club stressed that the count is not a measurement of the live foals born in each state. Nor should the statistics be taken as representing the fertility record of any one stallion.

Thoroughbred breeding activity in Kentucky again paced the nation. In Kentucky, 20,998 mares reported bred in 2000 produced 13,693 live foals (1999/00 as of August 31, 2000: 20,017 mares / 13,786 live foals). Florida reported 7,225 mares bred and 4,182 live foals (7,036 / 4,311) while California reported 5,577 mares bred and 3,372 live foals (5,290 / 3,271).

Remaining states on the top ten breeding activity list in 2000 are: Texas, reporting 3,603 mares bred and 1,650 live foals (3,374 / 1,593); Louisiana, 2,212 / 1,163 (1,924 / 962); New York, 2,137 / 1,264 (1,958 / 1,156); Oklahoma, 1,912 / 875 (1,955 / 879); Maryland, 1,856 / 1,104 (1,957 / 1,215); Washington, 1,642 / 829 (1,582 / 859); and Illinois, 1,306 / 553 (1,094 / 434).

The statistics include 157 progeny sired by stallions standing in North America but foaled abroad, as reported by foreign Stud Book authorities at the time of publication. In this category, 33 live foals by North American stallions were reported from Great Britain (39 reported in 2000). Second was Venezuela which reported 30 (no report in 2000) foals.

Remaining countries on the list with 2000 returns in parentheses are: Korea, 22 (32); France, 18 (11); Saudi Arabia, 18 (9); Turkey, 8 (no report in 2000); Ireland, 7 (36); Colombia, 5 (no report in 2000); Italy, 5 (3); Trinidad and Tobago, 5 (no report in 2000); Argentina, 2 (no report in 2000); Brazil, 1 (no report in 2000); Chile, 1 (no report in 2000); Jamaica, 1 (no report in 2000); Norway, 1 (1)

The report also includes 57 mares bred to 8 stallions in North America on Southern Hemisphere time. The vast majority of these mares have not yet foaled.

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