In its 31st year, this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic will showcase some of the best thoroughbred race horses, including Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Competing in the final race of his career, if he can deliver one last time he would become the first horse to win the so-called Grand Slam: the Triple Crown plus the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
This means all eyes, cell phones and television cameras have been on the stallion as he gallops through his practice runs this week at the Keeneland race track in Lexington, Kentucky, the city which also happens to be the home of Neogen’s Animal Safety Division.
Along with hosting this year’s event, Kentucky also continues to lead the way in thoroughbred breeding in North America, with its 208 reported stallions covering (the thoroughbred industry’s term for impregnating) 17,448 mares, or 50.4%, of all of the mares reported bred, according to Jockey Club statistics.
And precisely 34,627 thoroughbred mares have been covered to date in North America, a reporting increase of 0.3% on the same time last year.
As discussed in the article, the latest Jockey Club figures based on its Report of Mares Bred for the 2015 breeding season go up to October 13, but based on historical reporting trends, up to 3,000 more mares could be reported as bred during the season.
At 1,449, the number of stallions is down 6.3% from last year’s 1,547. At the same point last season, 34,540 mares were bred.
The 105 stallions who covered 100 or more mares accounted for 41.8% of all mares bred this season, compared with the 97 last season and 36.4%.
The stallion Uncle Mo led all stallions with 221 mares bred in 2015. Rounding out the top five were Scat Daddy, 217; Into Mischief, 210; Shanghai Bobby, 202; and Temple City, 199.
Of the top 10 states and provinces by number of mares reported bred in 2015, Kentucky, California, Ontario and Maryland stallions covered more mares in 2015 than in 2014, as reported at this time last year.
The table below shows the top 10 states and provinces, ranked by number of mares reported bred in 2015.
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Note: Each incident in which a mare was bred to more than one stallion and appeared on multiple RMBs is counted separately. As such, mares bred totals listed in the table above may differ slightly from counts of distinct mares bred. Source: http://horsetalk.co.nz/2015/10/28/small-increase-2016-thoroughbred-foal-crop/#axzz3pzTWfYJl