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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.

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That Guy, Galileo

Paco Boy (Desert Style) was a £30,000 Doncaster (now Goffs UK) 2-year-old, bought by Peter and Ross Doyle for the Hannon training academy. He ran 24 times over four seasons, winning 11 times. His nine Black-Type wins included three Group 1 races and four Group 2 wins. His three Group 1 wins were: the 7-furlong [...]

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AIR FORCE BLUE with R Moore wins in Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket 10-10-15.
Guineas Time

Most years, the first English Classics, the one-mile G1 English 2000 Guineas, for colts, and the G1 English 1000 Guineas, for fillies, are run on the same weekend as the GI Kentucky Oaks and GI Kentucky Derby, but because of the vagaries of the calendar this year, the two Guineas races will be run at [...]

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Final Countdown

After the upset win by Creator (Tapit) in the final Grade I Derby prep, last Saturday’s GI Arkansas Derby (Beyer 96), even with the other, favored Tapit, Cupid, out of the money and now out of the Derby, Gainesway’s flagship sire has reclaimed the top spot on the 2016 YTD TDN General Sire List (NA/EU [...]

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The Derby Picture

Outwork’s win over 80-1 maiden Trojan Nation (sent across the country by the vastly underrated Paddy Gallagher) in last Saturday’s GI Wood Memorial gave his first-crop sire Uncle Mo at least three contenders, including universal favorite Nyquist, for next month’s GI Kentucky Derby, and in the bargain Uncle Mo vaulted past even Tapit to claim [...]

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First-Season Sires: Green Desert Line

One of the first sons of Danzig to stand in Europe, Green Desert made an impact at stud right from the start by becoming the leading first-season sire of 1990. His influence will be felt for some time yet, as he only died last year at the age of 32 and was still covering up [...]

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Third-Crop Update

It’s approaching the moment of truth for third-crop sires, which now have their first 4-year-olds racing; by the summer the market will be deciding whether it’s thumbs-up or thumbs-down, so let’s take this opportunity to look at the latest snapshot. Nothing’s definitive as it’s a deep group of prospects, and a fluid one; one or [...]

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Oppenheim: First Quarter Sires

Yes, we are all Chromies now. Topping Curlin (Smart Strike)’s earnings, what a feat, and a great comeback job featuring Taylor Made Farm and Art and Alan Sherman. It all went wrong last year, but to come back as a 5-year-old and win convincingly as he did, it was heartwarming. I’m not being flippant, it [...]

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The Uncle Mo Show

The big question about Uncle Mo isn’t how he compares with his contemporaries–other North American and European sires with first foals 2013–but rather how he compares to the top sires of yesteryear. Comparing him to other F2013 sires, he has been devastating: he was not only Leading Freshman Sire of 2015, with earnings three times [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Florida Juveniles

Both Fasig-Tipton and OBS have tweaked their top 2-year-old sales in the past two years: Fasig finally moved their sale back to the Miami area, now at Gulfstream Park, which met with a lot of approval from their buyers; and OBS expanded their March sale to a 600-horse catalogue, from around 400 previously. Last year [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: The Darley Sires

In 2015, Darley’s Dubawi was the leading North American or European sire by worldwide earnings, with 147 winners of $22,696,170 (click here), including nine Group 1 winners; yet almost $12.3-million of that–54% of his total Northern Hemisphere-sired 2015 progeny earnings–was earned outside North America and Europe. Nearly half that total came from the win of [...]

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