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US Sires Down 5.9% & Mares-Bred Down 7.7%

Monday, 20th October 2008

Thoroughbred breeding continues to decline in North America, according to the US Jockey Club's latest Report Of Mares Bred, which reveals a 5.9% decline in stallion numbers (from 2,808 in 2007 to 2,643 this year) & a 7.7% fall in number of mares-bred (from 56,796 in 2007 to 52,410 this year). The decline "continues a trend: for instance, the numbers currently reported for 2008 are down 40.4% compared with the total numbers from 25 years ago when 87,882 mares were bred," noted thoroughbredtimes.com. And Jockey Club vice president of registration services Matt Luliano commented: "The 2008 RMB statistics indicate a further reduction of thoroughbred breeding activity across North America."

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