Breeding Statistics Released by The Jockey ClubBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · September 25, 2012
Figures compiled by The Jockey Club indicate that 2,620 Thoroughbred stallions covered 39,838 mares in 2011, resulting in 22,500 live foals. Figures for the total foal crop are estimated to be 85% complete as of mid-September of 2012. By the same date in 2011, 23,558 live foals had been reported. This decline of 4.5% is smaller than the decreases for the previous two breeding seasons when the number of live foals fell by 14.2% and 13.5%.
Not all live foals are registered for various reasons, although in order to race, a Thoroughbred must be registered with The Jockey Club.
Kentucky continues to lead all states and provinces in Thoroughbred breeding activity, with 40% of North American mares being served by Kentucky-based stallions in 2011. In addition, 48.7% of live foals reported so far for 2012 were sired by Kentucky stallions.