Jockey Club foal crop projection for 2018 down 4.4%

Posted: Aug. 12, 2017

The Jockey Club Aug. 12 released a 2018 North American Thoroughbred foal crop projection that is down from its 2017 estimate.

The breed registry projects a crop of 21,500 for next year based upon receipt of about 85% of anticipated reports of mares bred, Jockey Club Executive Vice President and Executive Director Matt Iuliano said in a release.

The 2018 projection is 4% lower than the 22,500 projected for 2017. It includes the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

RMBs were due Aug. 1, but foal crops are estimated even beyond Dec. 31 of each year because of late registrations. The Jockey Club Fact Book lists estimates of 22,500 foals for both 2016 and 2017; those numbers are down about 10,000 from 2009, the most recent year the North American foal crop was above 30,000.

The Jockey Club said it has encouraged stallion owners who have not returned their RMBs for the 2017 breeding season to do so as soon as possible. “Interactive Registration,” which enables registered users to perform just about all registration-related activities on the Internet, is the most efficient means of submitting RMBs and is available at

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