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“I’d call him, just about the BUY of the Year at that Price” BIll Oppenheim


Wednesday, December 07, 2011 |
In the December 2nd issue of the Thoroughbred Daily News, renowned pedigree expert Bill Oppenheim raved about Birdstone's value, calling the Classic winner and Classic sire “just about the buy of the year” at his 2012 fee of $10,000.

The sire of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mine That Bird and Belmont S. (G1) champion Summer Bird from his first crop, Birdstone is enjoying another strong year in 2011. He has sired Graded stakes winners Birdrun (G2) and S.S. Stone (G3) among his stakes winners this year, and his success at the sales includes a $300,000 weanling at Keeneland November.

Not only is Birdstone a proven sire, he was also a top-class 2-year-old and Classic-winning 3-year-old on the racetrack. Campaigned in the unmistakable colors of owner Mary Lou Whitney, Birdstone won the prestigious Champagne S. (G1) at two before going on to capture a pair of titanic stakes in New York as a 3-year-old: the Belmont S. (G1) and the Travers S. (G1).

Summer Bird, who also captured the Belmont S. (G1) and Travers S. (G1) like his sire, was the first 3-year-old since Easy Goer to win those two races along with defeating older horses in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). He was honored as the Champion 3-Year-Old Male, giving Birdstone an Eclipse winner from his initial crop at stud to go along with Derby victor Mine That Bird.