2008 foal crop estimate revised downward

Herald-Leader Staff Report

The Jockey Club on Thursday revised downward predictions for the 2008 Thoroughbred foal crop.

Based on current reports of live foals, the 2008 crop is projected at 36,600, down 900 from previous estimates. So far this year, there have been 34,561 foals registered, down 4.8 percent from this point in 2007.

Based on previous years, The Jockey Club estimates that about 90 percent of the 2008 foals have been reported by now.

The Thoroughbred registry reported that 3,638 stallions covered 61,262 mares in North America in 2007. Kentucky again dominated in breedings, with Kentucky-based stallions accounting for 35.8 percent of mares bred in 2007 and 43.5 percent of live foals for 2008.

The number of Kentucky-sired foals rose 1.6 percent from 2007, to 15,040. Only one other state — Oklahoma — reported an increase in state-sired foals. Florida, New York, Texas and Maryland all reported double-digit declines.

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