Thoroughbred breeding stabilized in 2012

Thoroughbred breeding appeared to stabilize in 2012, although there was a shift to New York stallions, according to statistics released Friday by The Jockey Club.

According to reports of mares bred, 1,861 stallions covered 35,391 mares in North America. The number of stallions was down 3.8 percent and the number of mares down 3 percent, compared with reports received at this time in 2011.

Kentucky continued to lead breeding activity, with 15,361 mares, or 43.4 percent of all mares bred. Kentucky's market share stayed about the same, but the number was down about 350 mares, or 2.2 percent. Only Florida and New York showed gains in the number of mares bred: Florida was up about 200 mares, or 6.7 percent, and New York was up about 500 mares, or 43.1 percent.

Ashford's Cape Blanco covered the most mares, 220, and the farm's Scat Daddy came in second with 217 mares. Ramsey Farm's Kitten's Joy was third with 213; Ashford's Uncle Mo was fourth with 211; and Spendthrift Farm's Wilburn was fifth, with 169.