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A Kansas native who has worked in racing journalism since 1974, Bill Oppenheim is the co-founder of the newsletter Racing Update, and served as the paper's editor until 1993, when he moved to Scotland. Oppenheim developed a reputation as an independent observer of the sales scene in the early 1980's, and he and the staff of Racing Update originated a number of methods of stallion and sales analysis which have been adopted throughout the industry. Since 2000, he has written a weekly column for TDN, as well as reporting from the major sales. He also works as a consultant, primarily for pedigree analysis, in a private capacity.

Oppenheim: (NA) Nominations from the Floor

We’ve always taken the view that ‘value sires’ are to some degree a matter of opinion, and we value the opinions of our readers, who are a knowledgeable community (else why would you be reading TDN?). So please let us know of any sires in NA or Europe, standing for 40,000 or under, which you [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: European Value Sires

STALLIONS STANDING BETWEEN 10K AND 20K One difference between the European and American stallion populations is that the European population, combined, is a lot smaller, which tends to put more of a premium on proven stallions, especially the few true up-and-coming, affordable European stallions not named Frankel. This year there are four stallions debuting in [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Value Sires 10k-20k

KENTUCKY VALUE SIRES: The group of sires which went to stud in the U.S. in 2011 and had their first foals in 2012 (so we abbreviate as F2012) has been a very interesting group to follow, with as many as a dozen sires–maybe more–which have been jockeying for position at every signpost. While there are [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: It’s Value Sire Time

Here we begin the series where it becomes clear why, after meeting me for 10 minutes, the late John Finney asked: “what was your name again? Opinionheim?” Yes, here we talk about horses which for some reason or another strike me as ‘good value’, although–caution to commercial breeders–my definition of ‘good value’ is probably more [...]

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Into Mischief by Lee Thomas
Oppenheim: Making (Into) Mischief

Over $300-million worth of horses have been sold in Kentucky, Ireland, and England in the last 2 1/2 weeks, and we’re not done yet. But before talking about the sales I’d like to take a paragraph or two to highlight what I consider to be a quite remarkable achievement by Spendthrift’s sire Into Mischief, which [...]

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Kentucky November Sales: Through Book 4

Through Tuesday there had been nine sessions of selling at the Kentucky November sales, one ‘night of the stars’ (though they don’t call it that any more) at Fasig-Tipton, and eight sessions through the first four (of seven) books at Keeneland. A total of 1,783 horses had sold (actually just 88, or 5% of the [...]

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Hip 53, 2016 Keeneland November Sale
November: First Three Days

As you’ll see from the Weekly Sales Ticker, Fasig-Tipton’s November Sale on Monday plus Keeneland Book 1 Tuesday and Wednesday, returned similar overall figures to last year, and in fact, the figures are very similar for each year back to 2013. This year, 341 horses were sold over the three days, for a gross just [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Kentucky November Covering Sires

Even a young sire as sensational as Coolmore Ashford’s Uncle Mo, leading North American freshman sire and leading North American sire of 2-year-olds of 2015, is not immune to the second-crop blues. He had 155 2-year-olds of 2015, including 28 2-year-old winners, seven black-type 2-year-old winners, and two Grade I winners, including unbeaten 2015 2-year-old [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: New For November–Weanlings

A total of 26 new sires, three of which stand at Coolmore in Ireland (Australia, War Command and No Nay Never) are represented by a total of 375 weanlings in the upcoming November sales, which is just under 20% of the 1,926 weanlings catalogued, according to statistics compiled by TDN’s Heather Anderson for this column [...]

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Scenics 2015 Fasig-Tipton October Sale
Yearling Market: 80% Snapshot

We’re not completely done with the yearling market yet, but we mostly are. Arqana’s four-day October Yearling Sale started Tuesday in Deauville, with Baden-Baden’s BBAG October Sale, which is mixed but has a lot of yearlings, this Friday and Saturday, followed by Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s three-day October Yearling Sale next week, with 1,250 yearlings catalogued. But, [...]

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