TDN Weekend

Bill Oppenheim Bill Oppenheim

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: New Number Two

WinStar’s Bodemeister is the sire of Always Dreaming, winner of the GI Kentucky Derby, which was worth almost $2.4 million, and is now the leading North American second-crop sire, both by 2017 progeny earnings (click here), and by cumulative progeny earnings for North American second-crop sires (click here). One Triple Crown race, one win by [...]

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Oppenheim: Snapshots

American Anthem’s win in last Saturday’s GIII Lazaro Barrera S. at seven furlongs, having cut back from two-turn GI Kentucky Derby preps, marked an important milestone for WinStar’s newly minted Leading Second-Crop Sire, Bodemeister, in that he became his sire’s second graded stakes winner (GSW) (click here). Bodemeister has always scored high among this group [...]

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Oppenheim: The American Dream

The first thing we have to say about last Saturday’s GI Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is that GI Xpressbet Florida Derby winner Always Dreaming, from the first crop by WinStar’s Bodemeister, was the worthy winner. Johnny Velazquez had him in the perfect stalking position all the way around, went to the lead by [...]

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Oppenheim: Showtime

So now we’ve arrived: this weekend sees the first four North American and European Classics of the season: the GI Kentucky Oaks on Friday, followed by the G1 English 2000 Guineas Saturday morning US time, the GI Kentucky Derby Saturday afternoon, and the G1 English 1000 Guineas on Sunday at Newmarket. The Kentucky Oaks is [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: European Second-Crop Sires

Three European second-crop sires–Juddmonte’s Frankel (Galileo); Darley’s Sepoy (Elusive Quality); and Coolmore’s Excelebration (Exceed And Excel)–saw important black-type performances last weekend. Following Andrew Caulfield’s illuminating discussion of Sepoy and another Darley sire, Helmet (also by Exceed and Excel), let’s drill down a little bit and look at these sires in the context of the whole [...]

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Oppenheim: Training Time

The preps are done, as of today we’re 2 1/2 weeks out from one of the most open-looking editions of the GI Kentucky Derby in recent years. The win by Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) in last Saturday’s GI Arkansas Derby makes him one of three more or less joint favorites as of now (with [...]

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Oppenheim: Five to One the Field

This is a refrain usually reserved for handicap races with 20 runners, but welcome to the 2017 GI Kentucky Derby. I would agree with correspondent T.D. Thornton’s ranking of the top three (click here), and pending this weekend’s GI Arkansas Derby, they figure as the first three favorites come Derby Day: GI Xpressbet Florida Derby [...]

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Oppenheim: Who’s the Greatest?

In the wake of Arrogate’s terrific run in the Mar. 25 G1 Dubai World Cup there was a good deal of chat in the press and on social media to the effect “who’s the greatest? Arrogate or Frankel–or other?” While Arrogate is a superstar, there is always an inclination to get carried away with the [...]

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Oppenheim: Second-Crop Sires: Darby Dan Time

Once again this year, sires with their first potential Classic crops of 3-year-olds (referred to as “second-crop” sires as their second crop [of 2-year-olds] have now reached racing age) are competing to muscle their way into breeders’ consciousness, and some are succeeding; quite a few, in fact, so much so that at this early juncture [...]

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Oppenheim: The ‘Home Run’ March 2-Year-Old

At the two major 2-year-old in training sales held this month in Florida–Fasig-Tipton in Miami Mar. 1 and OBS in Ocala last week–a total of 62 2-year-olds (24 at Fasig, 38 at OBS) were listed as sold for $400,000 or more. Obviously the only way a consignor can lose money selling a $400,000 2-year-old is [...]

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