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Opening Verse

Opening Verse

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
P. Valenzuela
Trainer: 
R. Lundy
Owner: 
Allen E. Paulson
Breeder: 
Jacques D. Wimpheimer

The lightly regarded Opening Verse made the final race of his career his most impressive performance, emerging from a crowded field in mid-stretch and holding on to win in the Breeders' Cup Mile. At odds of 27-to-1, he was the third longest shot in the field. A year earlier, Opening Verse placed seventh in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

It was the first Breeders' Cup victory for Allen Paulson, and aviation pioneer who was president and CEO of Gulfstream American, manufacturer of luxury private jets. It was the first of two victories for rider Patrick Valenzuela in the 1991 Breeders' Cup. He eventually won seven Breeders' Cup races. Opening Verse began his racing career in England without notable success, but seemed to flourish when he moved to the West Coast in December of his three year old year, winning multiple graded stakes races on both turf and dirt surfaces.

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  • 1991 Mile

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

1991 Mile

Lifetime Stats

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Previous Races

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Pedigree

Opening Verse
The Minstrel
Northern Dancer
Nearctic
Natalma
Fleur
Victoria Park
Flaming Page (CAN)
Shy Dawn
Grey Dawn II
Herbager
Polamia
Shy Dancer
Bolero
Shy Bim

Career Highlights

May 2, 1986
Born in Kentucky.
April 14, 1990
Won Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park.
November 2, 1991
Won Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.
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May 2, 1986
Born in Kentucky.

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