By Blood-Horse Staff
The Jockey Club is projecting a 2017 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 22,500, which would match the projection of the 2016 foal crop.
The 22,500 foals estimated for 2017 and for 2016 is a 2.3% increase from the 22,000 projected for both the 2015 and 2014 foal crops.
"As always, this projection is based on reports of mares bred received to date, and we estimate that approximately 80% of those reports have been received," said Jockey Club executive director Matt Iuliano.
The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMB) received to date for the 2016 breeding season. RMBs are to be filed by Aug.1 of each breeding season.
Additional foal crop information is available in The Jockey Club's online fact book and in the online state fact books.
Stallion owners who have not returned their RMBs for the 2016 breeding season are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Interactive Registration, which enables registered users to perform virtually all registration-related activities over the Internet, is the most efficient means of submitting RMBs.