According to figures published Saturday by The Jockey Club, the estimated foal crop for 2018 is 21,500 foals, a number that would represent a decrease of 4.4% from the projected number of 22,500 foals for 2017 that was announced at this time last year.
“As always, this projection is based on reports of mares bred received to date, and we estimate that approximately 85% of those reports have been received,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club's executive vice president and executive director.
The projected foal crop number is computed by The Jockey Club from Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) received to date for the 2017 breeding season. RMBs are supposed to be filed by Aug. 1.
Stallion owners who have not returned their RMBs for the 2017 breeding season are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Interactive RegistrationTM, which enables registered users to perform virtually all registration-related activities over the Internet, is the most efficient means of submitting RMBs and is available at registry.jockeyclub.com.
Additional foal-crop information is available in The Jockey Club's online fact book at jockeyclub.com/factbook.asp and in the online state fact books.