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Giant's Causeway & Medaglia D'Oro Serve 194 US Mares
US Jockey Club vice president of registration services Matt Iuliano noted “the largest decline in US breeding occurred at the top end of the market, where the number of stallions covering 100 or more mares declined for the 4th consecutive year, from 113 in 2008 to 85 in 2009” reported thoroughbredtimes.com. These stallions accounted for 24.6% of the total mares reported bred this year, down from 28% in 2008. In 2009, Giant’s Causeway & Medaglia d’Oro led all stallions (with 194 mares bred) followed by Candy Ride (182), Lion Heart (180) & Corinthian (171). Giant’s Causeway & Lion Heart stood at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud this year, while Medaglia d’Oro stood at Stonewall Farm Stallions, Candy Ride at Hill 'n' Dale Farms (he will stand the 2010 season at Lane’s End) & Corinthian at Gainesway. The leading 1st-year stallion by reports of mares bred is Majestic Warrior, who covered 169 mares while standing at Ashford.