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US Breeding Down 13.5% & Lowest For 30 Years
The number of thoroughbred mares bred in North America in 2009 “may dip below 50,000 for the 1st time in more than 30 years,” reported thoroughbredtimes.com. With industry declines “in both sale prices & racing purses, US horsemen have reduced the number of mares they are breeding” & the US Jockey Club’s Report Of Mares Bred for 2009 released overnight “documents a 13.5% slide to 45,317”. Last year the report listed 52,410 mares bred & Jockey Club spokesman John Cooney said the Report Of Mares Bred figures “are the lowest since the Jockey Club started releasing in-season reports in 1996”; typically, the report includes about 92% of mares that eventually will be reported bred, “but even with that factored, the figure will likely fall below 50,000 or perhaps just higher”. After seeing the reduction in reports of mares bred, the Jockey Club “projects the 2010 registered foal crop will be 30,000 which would be the lowest since 28,809 in 1976”.