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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: 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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Oppenheim: 2017–Big Winners So Far

Curlin retired at the end of 2008 with record earnings for a North American-trained horse of $10,501,800. California Chrome broke his record last year, and retired after the GI Pegasus with new record earnings of $14,752,650. After winning the Pegasus, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Arrogate now has earnings of $11,084,600; if he wins the G1 Dubai [...]

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Oppenheim: Southern Hemisphere Apex

It’s been pretty hot down south so far in 2017, literally as well as figuratively. It’s been a while since we turned the APEX focus to the Southern Hemisphere, so it seems like a good time to take a fresh look. As always, The Jockey Club Information Systems (TJCIS) has supplied the APEX numbers as [...]

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The Age Angle

APEX Ratings, as you know, do not consist of just one or even a few indexes–there are 17 different APEX indexes, ranging from class (A Runners, B, C, ABC Runners) to region (NA, EU, JP) to age (2yo, 3yo, 4yo, 5yo+), all developed with the aim of assisting racehorse owners and breeders in their decision-making [...]

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Oppenheim: The Pop-Up Pegasus

You’ve heard of course of one of the new features of contemporary life: the pop-up Event. I’m slightly altering the definition (which is somewhat hazy anyway) to suit our purposes, but essentially The Stronach Group’s Jan. 28 GI Pegasus World Cup (the old GI Donn H.) at Gulfstream Park can be described as horse racing’s [...]

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Oppenheim: Galileo, Tapit Top Sires of A & ABC Runners

Well, they should be the top two, shouldn’t they, since they are the most expensive stallions, respectively, in Europe and North America, although Darley’s Dubawi, now at £250,000, is marginally more expensive than Gainesway’s Tapit, at $300,000. In 2015, Tapit gave Coolmore’s world number one, Galileo, a real scare in terms of the numbers of [...]

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Younger APEX Sires: First Foals 2010-2013

Even given the pressures of the commercial marketplace, in real life, the most critical year in many sires’ careers is the year their first 4-year-olds run. There are a few reasons for this: their oldest foals are then at an age where they’ve been given every chance to get good; also, they have now three [...]

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Oppenheim: More APEX, But First…

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program (APEX ratings) to note the stark contrast, detailed in the Weekly Sales Ticker, between the desultory figures at Keeneland’s January Sale and the continuing upward trend of the Magic Millions Book 1 Yearling Sale in Queensland, which grossed A$134 million, up almost A$20 million (+16%) from last year, and [...]

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Straight to Number One: Uncle Mo

It’s been a good few years since we decided that once a sire had 200 or more year-starters (a horse is counted as a ‘year-starter’ each year it starts), we were willing to compare him to the general population of sires; until they have that many, their figures are too subject to fluctuation and don’t [...]

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