August 14, 2009

Low 2010 thoroughbred foal crop expected

The U.S. horse-breeding organization, The Jockey Club, says the 2010 crop of Thoroughbred foals could be the smallest in at least 33 years.

Matt Iuliano, vice president of registration services for the official registrar for Thoroughbred breeding, said in a statement recent reports from mare breeders indicate only 30,000 foals may be registered in 2010, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal said Friday.

The predicted 2010 total of 30,000 would be the lowest foal tally since 1976 when 28,809 foals were registered.

The U.S organization said its estimate of foals registered in 2009 has been decreased from 35,400 to 34,000.

After remaining stable for more than a decade, the number of mares bred has declined annually beginning in 2006 and the rate of that decline has accelerated in each of the last two breeding seasons, Iuliano said. These declines will have an obvious impact on the business in the years ahead, most notably at the racetrack.