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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.

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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Bill Oppenheim: Ascot Summary

It doesn’t happen every year, but in 2016 Coolmore’s Galileo was the leading sire at Royal Ascot, with five winners–four of them in a row in the last two races on Friday and the first two races on Saturday, following Order Of St. George’s impressive win in Thursday’s G1 Ascot Gold Cup. He also had [...]

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Oppenheim: Ascot Trebles

Not even periodic persistent rain Tuesday and demonstrably soft ground for the first two days could impact the momentum and drama that is Royal Ascot. We hear a lot about the importance of emphasizing lifestyle as part of the attraction of horse racing, and if dressing up like something out of My Fair Lady doesn’t [...]

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Winner Sea The Stars.
Bill Oppenheim: Euro Derbies

Sea The Stars, no less than a half-brother to Galileo, by Cape Cross, had a truly perfect 3-year-old campaign in 2009. Winner of two of his three starts, including the G2 Beresford S., for his owner-breeders, the Tsui family, as a 2-year-old in 2008, Sea The Stars went six-for six at three under the tutelage [...]

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Weekend Derbies: Who’s Who?

You’ve probably heard the news bulletin that Saturday’s G1 Epsom Derby is still pretty much a race without a favorite–well, let’s put it this way: yesterday afternoon on Betfair G2 Dante winner Wings of Desire (Pivotal) was favorite at 5-1. Aidan O’Brien has seven of the 18 entered at the six-day stage, and to further [...]

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Ground Control

It was quite an amazing Classic weekend: all three favorites–two at odds-on–placed but did not win, on soft ground at the Curragh Saturday and Sunday (softer on Saturday), and on a muddy dirt track at Pimlico Saturday afternoon. Rain arrived everywhere, and proven soft-ground or off-track performers went three-for-three. First up was the G1 Irish [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Classic Standards

Galileo’s fingerprints are all over the four Guineas races which have been run so far in Britain and now France this season: he’s the sire of the commanding G1 English 1000 Guineas winner, Minding (and the second, Ballydoyle; and the third, Alice Springs) and Sunday’s impressive G1 Poule d’Essai Des Poulains – French 2000 Guineas [...]

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