Opinions on the Cap: Gerry Dilger


Gerry Dilger | Fasig-Tipton photo

Editor's Note: The Jockey Club has asked for public comment on their proposal to cap at 140 the number of mares a stallion can breed annually. In this ongoing series, we will publish the perspectives of breeders, stallion farms and others on the proposal.

Gerry Dilger:
Some horses have very large books and it's hard to compete, but on the other side, if the farms put up their money for these stallions, and they have to get out in two, two-and-a-half years, you have to consider those guys as well. They're paying millions and millions for stallions and some of them, as we know, don't make it. They have to have a shot to get their money back to reinvest. I don't think 140 is the number. I'd say 150, 160, maybe? Give the breeders or the farms a chance to get their investment back if they can or get most of it back and they can go out there and look for the next prospect.

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