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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.

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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2016 Leaders: Repeat Performances

It’s now official: Coolmore’s Galileo was the leading North American/European sire of 2016 by worldwide progeny earnings from Northern Hemisphere-sired crops (click here), with 2016 worldwide progeny earnings of $30,086,073. For at least the third consecutive year (TDN has archived these figures beginning in 2014) he was the leading NA/EU sire in all six black-type [...]

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Oppenheim: The Sales Year

THE SALES YEAR Throughout the last six months of the North American and European auction sales season, the theme has been pretty much the same: the market struggled to match 2015 levels, and in fact finished up below 2015, though marginally. The graph and table of ‘US And European Annual Sales’ clearly show this biggest [...]

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Oppenheim: 20 Star Sires of 2016

In 2014, the first year TDN archived combined lists for North American and European sires, Coolmore’s Galileo was the leading sire by progeny earnings, with $18,693,237, and led all NA/EU sires in all six black-type categories, with 38 Black-Type Winners (BTW), 66 Black-Type Horses (BTH), 25 Group/Graded SW (GSW), 50 Group/Graded Stakes Horses (GSH), eight [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Four Figure Bargains

US: FOUR-FIGURE BARGAINS Distorted Humor has been a great sire–TDN credits him with 130 Black-Type Winners, 52 Graded/Group Stakes Winners, and 15 Grade I/Group 1 winners in 15 crops. He hasn’t yet been a great sire of sires, but he’s got a very promising young son at Hill ‘n’ Dale in Maclean’s Music, who famously [...]

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