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. From 2000-2017, he wrote a weekly column for TDN, as well as reported from the major sales.

Tapit Top NA/EU Sire of 2017 Midyear ABC Runners

Though this is no comment of how much it cost to produce or acquire them, this week we publish lists of the leading sires of 2017 ABC Runners at the midyear point. As mentioned, it’s important to realize that Midyear earnings thresholds are only around 65% of the year-end earnings thresholds, so it is possible–even [...]

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Oppenheim: Small Batch Sires: Frankel and Uncle Mo

It’s not that often that sire sensations appear, so for Juddmonte’s Frankel (Galileo) to streak away from his fellow F2014 (first foals 2014) (click here for tables) North American and European sires the same way Coolmore’s Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) did among F2013 sires last year (click here for tables) is unusual: two prospective ‘World Top Five’ [...]

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Oppenheim: Galileo: Back to Number One

The Coolmore team has been floating the idea for a few years now that Galileo (Ire) might be an even better sire than their 14-time British and Irish champion sire, Sadler’s Wells. It’s hard to know precisely how to assess this, since during his reign Sadler’s Wells averaged around 100 foals per crop, significantly higher [...]

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Oppenheim: Fasig July Yearlings

Next Monday, July 10, kicks off the Northern Hemisphere summer sale season. The first yearling sale will actually get underway at the Northern Horse Park in Hokkaido, Japan, where 247 yearlings, including 24 by Deep Impact (Jpn) and nine by King Kamehameha (Jpn), are catalogued for Monday, followed by 281 foals scheduled for Tuesday. Meanwhile, [...]

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Oppenheim: The Greatest Show on Earth

About Royal Ascot, you don’t use the phrase “at the end of the day”; rather you have to say “at the end of the week”. It is the sustained level of top-level racing, 30 races over five days, which sets Royal Ascot apart as the world number one horseracing experience; well, I suppose I should [...]

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Oppenheim: Scat Daddy

After the first race at Royal Ascot Thursday, the five-furlong G2 Norfolk S. for 2-year-olds, Coolmore Ashford’s late great Scat Daddy had already chalked up three winners in the first 13 races–one a day, so far. Two were for 3-year-old fillies for trainer Wesley Ward: Lady Aurelia, whose second 5-furlong Royal Ascot win came in [...]

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Oppenheim: Belmont Festival Sires

New York racing is finally on the way back. When Martin Panza moved from defunct Hollywood Park to NYRA in 2014, one of his ambitions was to create ‘event’ cards and days, and, as Bill Finley wrote in Sunday’s TDN (click here), even those of us who weren’t there could see it was a great [...]

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Bill Oppenheim: Two Classics Even Better Than One

In the world of what we designate “second-crop” sires (meaning their second crop has reached racing age as 2-year-olds, and their first crop are 3-year-olds), there is nothing more important than Classic form. It’s not just the prestige and enhanced future value in the breeding shed, it’s the money, too, because invariably the second-crop sire [...]

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Oppenheim: The Class of 2015

According to the TDN Sales Statistics tables (click here), five North American sires have averaged over $340,000 at the 2-year-old in training sales this year. The top two are the same two sires which topped the $600,000 mark in 2016 yearling average: Claiborne’s War Front, who had two 2-year-old colts average $512,500, and Gainesway’s three-time [...]

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Oppenheim: New Number Two

WinStar’s Bodemeister is the sire of Always Dreaming, winner of the GI Kentucky Derby, which was worth almost $2.4 million, and is now the leading North American second-crop sire, both by 2017 progeny earnings (click here), and by cumulative progeny earnings for North American second-crop sires (click here). One Triple Crown race, one win by [...]

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