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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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Keeneland September Book 1 Preview

In 2014, Keeneland carded Book 1 over four days for the final time, cataloging 762 yearlings, 190+ a day. Last year, Book 1 shrunk to three days for the first time, when 724 yearlings were catalogued over the three days, 240+ a day. Book 1 is again three days this year (Monday, September 12 to [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Early Returns

In 2015, the three Fasig-Tipton sales which kick off the North American yearling sale market had a total of 825 yearlings catalogued, of which 532 (64.4%) were listed as sales, totaling $81,636,000 (see the Weekly Sales Ticker), and averaging $153,451. The three sales comprised a little over 10% of the number catalogued (7,907) and sold [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Saratoga, Steady Enough

Given that we are in, shall we say, uncertain times politically and economically, probably still the most important metric in the horse business this morning was Saratoga’s 40% rise in gross last August. That $13.5-million bump is graphically displayed in the Weekly Sales Ticker, and of course your eye is immediately drawn (top graph) to [...]

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Oppenheim: APEX Leaders in 2016

The APEX ratings cover a seven-year span, which is actually short enough that we were able to quantify when once-great sires like Gone West and Green Desert, in their time, went off the boil, but on the other hand it’s still quite a long period of time. So it’s handy to be able to take [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Sire-Morgasbord (Lots To Choose From)

One of the main objectives of APEX ratings is to describe ‘the frequency with which’ sires get runners which rank in certain percentile groups of earners in a calendar year or racing season: ‘A Runners’ rank in the top 2%; ‘B Runners’ in the next 2%; ‘C Runners’ in the next 4%; and therefore ‘ABC [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Galileo Tops Midyear Apex

Coolmore’s Galileo, who must now rank as one of the all-time great sires, now has his 11th crop of 3-year-olds racing. At a time when many sires of his age are commencing to fade, Galileo might be stronger than ever; at least that’s what the new run of the Midyear 2016 APEX figures suggest. Covering [...]

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Scenics, 2016 Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale
Bill Oppenheim: Tough Sledding

It was never likely to be entirely smooth sailing at Fasig-Tipton’s July Yearling Sale which kicked off the 2016 yearling sale season on Tuesday. The 2-year-old consignors found themselves with more supply than demand below the top at the 2-year-old sales this spring, and that had to impact the pinhookers’ spend at a $100,000-average sale [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Third-Crop Leaders

By the time a sire’s first foals are halfway through their 4-year-old years–and their second crop are halfway through their 3-year-old years– we usually have a pretty good idea of whether the needle which measures success is pointing up or down. Not always; sometimes we know right away, like with Coolmore Ashford’s Uncle Mo. Other [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Fasig July

Fasig-Tipton kicks off the North American and European yearling sale season with its July Yearling Sale; this year it’s again a one-day sale, on Tuesday, July 12, though it will be preceded by a Horses of Racing Age sale on Monday afternoon. As recently as 2007 the Fasig July Yearling Sale grossed $36.4-million and averaged [...]

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Brexit: Now What?

Plenty of Thoroughbred business professionals both inside and outside of Britain and Europe are trying to figure out what the U.K.’s 52%-48% vote Thursday to leave the European Union means to the horse business. There’s an awful lot about which as yet we have no idea, and a few things we can say. First, generally [...]

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