Number of Thoroughbred
mares bred in Kentucky rose by 7.2 percent in 2014
By Janet Patton
email@example.comOctober 22, 2014
Thoroughbred breeding in Kentucky rebounded further this year: The number of
mares bred to the state's 233 stallions was up 7.2 percent, according to the
Annually in October, The Jockey Club, which keeps the breed registry for
Thoroughbred racing, puts out statistics on mares and stallions after most
reports of breeding have been filed. (Numbers will climb slightly next year
after all matings are reported.)
According to the numbers released Wednesday, 1,547 stallions covered 34,540
mares in North America this year. Almost half of the matings — 48.7 percent, or
16,826 mares — happened in the Bluegrass, where the most active stallions stand.
Overall, the number of stallions declined 8.9 percent, while the number of mares
bred increased 1.1 percent.
The busiest stallion this year was Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, who
covered 204 mares. He stands at Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville for $100,000 for a
Just behind him in the standings: Into Mischief, standing at Spendthrift Farm
for $20,000, with 203 mares; Scat Daddy, standing at Ashford Stud for $30,000,
with 202 mares; Midnight Lute, standing at Hill 'n' Dale Farm for $25,000, with
186 mares; and Violence, also standing at Hill 'n' Dale for $15,000, with 181
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