I tweeted on Jan. 5: “Bill Openheim has good piece in TDN today; rambling and all over the place as ususal, but very interesting take on things. He reads blogs 2. 8:33 PM Jan 5th from web”
On Jan. 7, Jack Werk wrote: “But what really got my attention in Bill’s column was his explanation of his study of Northern Dancer inbreds. The way he organizes that study is a primer in the way the Werk Nick Rating is calculated. Thanks for clearing that up, Bill!” Click here to read his full post.
On Jan. 8, Frank Mitchell wrote: “In Wednesday’s issue of Thoroughbred Daily News, European correspondent and statistical omnivore Bill Oppenheim wrote that European buyers aren’t as interested in purchasing American-raced stakes fillies and mares for breeding because ‘Europeans can’t make head nor tail of American catalogues, and therefore lack the confidence to buy.’” Click here to read Frank’s complete post.
On Jan. 8, Alan Porter wrote: “Anyway, Oppenheim’s conclusion is that the percentage of the population of new ‘A’ runners bred on the Northern Dancer/Northern Dancer cross has dramatically increased over the past 20 years. We don’t disagree with this conclusion, but do question how relevant or useful the finding is…” Click here to read Alan’s piece.
On Jan. 8, John Sparkman wrote: “Now, let’s be clear. Neither Bill nor I are complaining about inbreeding to Northern Dancer. It’s very clearly a good thing. As Vuillier pointed out over 100 years ago, the best horses (graded stakes winners in this case) of the present basically predict the pedigrees of the future because they’re the ones that get the best chance to breed on. So obviously the future of the breed is inbreeding to Northern Dancer.” Click here to read John’s post.
Thanks for the inspiration, Bill.