On September 21, 2017, The Jockey Club released 2016 breeding statistics. They included one very positive startling development. They estimated that there will be 500 Maryland-bred foals from the foal crop of 2017, a 21.7% increase over 2016. Considering continuing declines in most states, and only a modest increase in just a couple others, the 21.7% Maryland increase is shocking. Kentucky was up 1.7% in foal estimate, while Kentucky and Ontario were the only other states or provinces that showed an increase in number of mares bred.
While general breeding trends reflect rapid and painfully consistent declines, with only half the number of Thoroughbred foals being born today as were born three decades ago, every state has their own unique sub-system of breeding. They structure the rules and awards of those programs differently, market and promote quite differently, and distribute their purse funds to state bred horses in a highly variable fashion.
Here is the link to the full article on this subject: Maryland Booming
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.