Maryland shows 11.2% increase in live foals so far this year

By: Tom LaMarra

Posted: Oct. 3, 2019

Maryland in 2019 has registered an 11.2% increase in live foals compared with 2018 based on statistics released by The Jockey Club Oct. 3.

The Jockey Club reported that 1,630 stallions covered 32,508 mares in North America in 2018, according to statistics through Sept. 26 of this year. The number of live foals is believed to be about 90% complete.

The reporting of live foals of 2019 is down 3.6% from last year at this time when The Jockey Club had received reports for 21,130 live foals of 2018, then organization said.

There were 877 mares bred in Maryland in 2018. The number of live foals through Sept. 26 stood at 537, up from 483 in 2018. Of the 10 highest states in number of mares bred, Maryland had the largest increase in live foals, followed by California at 2.2% and Louisiana at 2.1%. They were the only states in the top 10 to show an increase.

Elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region, Pennsylvania reported 339 live foals through Sept. 26, down 9.1% from 373 in 2018. The number of mares bred in Pennsylvania in 2018 was 680.

Meanwhile, New York reported 703 live foals so far this year, down 9.5% from 777 last year. The number of mares bred in 2018 was 1,122.

In addition to the 20,363 live foals of 2019 reported through Sept. 26, The Jockey Club also received 2,405 No Foal Reports for the 2019 foaling season. The 2019 registered foal crop is projected to reach 20,800 based on Jockey Club estimates.

Overall, the number of stallions declined 8.3% from the 1,778 reported for 2017 at this time last year, while the number of mares bred declined 5.2% from the 34,288 reported for 2017.

Kentucky as usual led the way with 12,200 reported live foals in 2019, down 1.4% from 12,370 in 2018. The number of mares bred last year was 17,446.