At the end of 2006, a total of 1,156 sires which stood or had stood in North America, Europe, and Japan qualified for APEX ratings, meaning, basically, that they had 10 or more 3-year-olds in the last year covered (in that case, foals of 2003 and 3-year-olds of 2006). By midyear 2014–The Jockey Club Information Systems (TJCIS) ran the data on July 8–the number of sires which qualified was down to a record low of 821. By that measure, there has been a 30% decline in the viable ‘commercial’ stallion population since 2006.
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