Numbers Down for Thoroughbred Foal Crop in North AmericaBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · August 28, 2012
The Jockey Club has released final figures for comparisons between the 2000 and 2010 Thoroughbred foal crops. Overall births have fallen from 34,728 in 2000 to 25,031 in 2010. The numbers reflect the total foal crop in those years for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Kentucky was the leading producer of foals in both years, though births in that state decreased from 10,118 to 8,325. Florida kept its number-two ranking, though its foal crop fell almost 50%, from 4,551 to 2,290. Among the top 15 producing states in 2000, ten produced fewer foals in 2010 than in 2000, while five states boosted their numbers.
Among the states with better foal crops over the decade, at least three—New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana—have tax structures that use gambling money to increase race purses and offer incentives for horses bred in the state.
Based on 2012 breeding records, The Jockey Club is offering a prediction of 24,700 foals in the 2013 crop.