HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Opening Verse

  • Jockey
    P. Valenzuela
  • Trainer
    R. Lundy
  • Owner
    Allen E. Paulson
  • Breeder
    Jacques D. Wimpheimer
  • Sire
    The Minstrel
  • Dam
    Shy Dawn

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.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 02, 1991Breeders' Cup MileCHURCHILL DOWNS11
October 12, 1991Keeneland Breeders' Cup S.KEENELAND32
September 08, 1991Del Mar Budweiser Breeders' Cup H.DEL MAR22
July 21, 1991Caesars International H.ATLANTIC CITY26
July 04, 1991Stars and Stripes H.ARLINGTON32
May 17, 1991Early Times Dixie H.PIMLICO33
May 03, 1991Early Times Turf Classic S.CHURCHILL DOWNS31
April 24, 1991Fort Harrod S.KEENELAND31
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 27, 1990Breeders' Cup ClassicBELMONT PARK17
October 12, 1990Meadowlands Cup H.MEADOWLANDS16
August 11, 1990Arlington H.ARLINGTON27
July 14, 1990Michigan Mile and One-Eighth H.DETROIT RACE COURSE22
June 24, 1990Hollywood Gold Cup H.HOLLYWOOD PARK13
May 12, 1990Pimlico Special H.PIMLICO15
April 14, 1990Oaklawn H.OAKLAWN PARK11
March 24, 1990Razorback H.OAKLAWN PARK21
February 15, 1990 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
January 14, 1990San Fernando S.SANTA ANITA PARK25
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 31, 1989 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
September 07, 1989Reference Point S.YORK 1
August 26, 1989Winter Hill S.ROYAL WINDSOR 5
July 26, 1989Swettenham Stud Sussex S.GOODWOOD15
July 08, 1989Coral-Eclipse S.SANDOWN PARK12
June 20, 1989Prince of Wales's S.ASCOT24
May 11, 1989Dee S.CHESTER 5
April 20, 1989Feilden S.NEWMARKET 2
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 25, 1988Provideo StksREDCAR 1
October 14, 1988Three Chimneys Dewhurst S.NEWMARKET15
September 30, 1988Somerville Tattersalls S.NEWMARKET 1
August 27, 1988Park Lodge Mdn StksNEWMARKET 1