|Thursday, October 21, 2004||Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326|
|The Jockey Club Releases 2004 Report of Mares Bred Statistics|
The Jockey Club today reported that 3,239 stallions covered 59,342 mares in North America during 2004, according to Reports of Mares Bred (RMB’s) received by The Jockey Club through Oct. 14, 2004.
The statistics include the number of mares bred to each stallion and represent approximately 90 percent of the mares bred in 2004. Historical trends indicate The Jockey Club will receive an additional 800-to-1,000 RMB’s from the 2004 breeding season.
The number of stallions declined 3.1 percent from the 3,342 reported at this time in 2003, while the number of mares bred increased 1.0 percent against the 58,755 reported at this time last year.
“Despite the August 1st deadline for submission of RMB’s, we still haven’t received reports for about a quarter of all stallions,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s vice president of registration services. “However, the 2004 mares bred returns to date are similar to those of 2003 which would support our earlier forecast of 37,200 North American registered foals of 2005.”
The number of stallions bred to 100 or more mares increased from 108 last year to 117 in 2004. Hold That Tiger led all stallions with 199 mares bred, six more than Fusaichi Pegasus. States or provinces in which a stallion covered at least 100 mares were Kentucky (91); Florida (17); California (3); Maryland (2); New York (2); Louisiana (1); and Ontario (1).
RMB statistics for all reported stallions in 2004 are available through the “Information and Statistics” section of The Jockey Club’s web site at http://www.jockeyclub.com.