HOPPERTUNITY, GOLDEN LAD LEAD REGION’S MARES BRED

The Report of Mares Bred, which the Jockey Club released on Friday, showed small gains in mares bred for Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia amid an overall national picture that is less promising.

Nationally, the number of mares reported bred to date has declined to 27,970. That’s down from 29,218 a year ago, a drop of 4.3%. The Jockey Club expects 2,500 to 3,500 more reports to come in.

The good news is that the number and proportion of mares bred in the Mid-Atlantic both grew. According to the Jockey Club stats, the number of mares bred in the region grew to 1,961, up from 1,844 a year ago. That’s an increase of 6.3% and means that about 7% of mares bred nationally were bred in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and New Jersey.

While the number of mares bred regionwide pales in comparison to the nation-leading 17,123 bred in Kentucky, it is more than were bred in any other single state.

While the nation’s top dozen sires all saw more than 200 mares this year – led by Uncle Mo, who covered 257 – here in the Mid-Atlantic, just two topped 100. Those were Hoppertunity, who stood in 2020 at Northview-PA and is reported to have covered 107 mares this year; and Golden Lad, who covered 103. Golden Lad was based at Northview’s Maryland operation this year, and both stallions will be there in 2021, as Northview has closed its Pennsylvania operation.

In fact, the top three Maryland stallions by mares covered all stood at Northview. After Golden Lad come Irish War Cry (76 mares) and Madefromlucky (66).

It was the second straight year that Hoppertunity topped the region by mares bred. In 2019, his first year at stud, he saw 129 mares; when his foals do hit the racetrack, in 2022 and beyond, their sheer numbers will give their sire a big shot.

For the second straight year, Hoppertunity was followed among Pennsylvania stallions by Warrior’s Reward and Uncle Lino. The former, who stands at WynOaks Farm, saw 95 mares this year after covering 115 in 2019. The latter, who’s a Northview stallion, saw 60 mares this year; he covered 76 last year.

West Virginia saw its number of mares bred grow from 325 in 2019 to 377 in 2020.

For the second straight year, Juba led all West Virginia stallions in mares bred. Juba, a son of Tapit who’s at Taylor Mountain Farm, covered 56 mares this year after having seen 49 a year ago. He was followed by Fiber Sonde (41) and Golden Years (33).

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Both New Jersey and Virginia saw declines in mares bred, as well as consolidation. The number of mares bred in New Jersey dipped from 29 to 24, and 19 of the 24 were bred to Sea Wizard. Sea Wizard also led by mares bred in 2019 but covered only 12 that year.

Likewise in Virginia, the number of mares bred fell from 24 to 21. And while Friend or Foe led the state by breeding eight mares in 2019, his total jumped to 17 this year.

RANK
STALLION
MARES BRED
STATE
1Hoppertunity107PA
2Golden Lad103MD
3Warrior's Reward95PA
4Irish War Cry76MD
5Madefromlucky66MD
6Uncle Lino60PA
7Force the Pass57MD
8Juba56WV
9Great Notion55MD
10Uptowncharlybrown52PA
11Bourbon Courage45MD
12Divining Rod45MD
13Social Inclusion44PA
14Long River42MD
15Fiber Sonde41WV
16Imagining41MD
17Winchill39PA
18Holy Boss36MD
19Weigelia36PA
20Golden Years33WV
21Aldrin31WV
22Boisterous31PA
23Peace and Justice31PA
24Bullsbay30WV
25Blofeld28MD
26Mosler28MD
27Well Spelled28PA
28Flashback27PA
29Friesan Fire26MD
30Candygram25WV
31Smarty Jones25PA
32Bandbox24MD
33Super Ninety Nine22MD
34Redirect21WV
35Barbados19MD
36Sea Wizard19NJ
37Capo Bastone18WV
38Airoforce17PA
39Friend Or Foe17VA
40Biblical15MD
41Denis of Cork15WV
42Poseidon's Warrior14PA
43Alliance13MD
44Dortmund13MD
45Eclipticalspraline13PA
46Kobe's Back13MD
47Normandy Invasion13PA
48Despite the Odds12WV
49Lord Shanakill12PA
50Limehouse11WV
51Street Magician11MD
52Talent Search11PA
53Eastwood10PA
54Spiritus Invictus10WV
55Gandhi9WV
56Lord of Greatness9WV
57Got the Last Laugh8PA
58Redeemed8MD
59Desert Party7PA
60Saratoga Syndicate7WV
61Stormy's Majesty7WV
62Command Post6PA
63Gattopardo6WV
64Hangover Kid6MD
65Medallist6PA
66Our Entourage6WV
67Siente El Trueno6WV
68Three Chopt Road6WV
69Uncle Vinny6PA
70Ballado's Gold5WV
71Crown of Thorns5PA
72Hey Chub5PA
73Monster Mash5WV
74Show Tune5PA
75Aaron's Way4WV
76Cage Fighter4MD
77Broad Rule3PA
78First Mondays3MD
79Il Postino3NJ
80Il Villano3PA
81Outflanker3MD
82Rimrod3PA
83Coronet of a Baron2PA
84Elusive Story2PA
85Greatbullsoffire2PA
86Mr. Prankster2WV
87Partner's Hero2PA
88Remarquez2VA
89True to the Moon2PA
90Vicious Game2MD
91Baltimore Bob1MD
92Declan's Warrior1WV
93Laughing Academy1PA
94Love Who1NJ
95Magnus Star1PA
96Maximus Gold1VA
97Not Abroad1MD
98Tup Take' Please1WV
99Vinyards Dream1VA

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