BREAKING NEWS ... Team Valor's Kentucky Derby winner ANIMAL KINGDOM gets his second stakes winner with Continental Divide.

Brazilian G1 Winner Love 'n' Happiness Latest Champion For TVI
Filly Is 16th Champion To Race For A Barry Irwin Partnership
Premio Immensity Heroine On The Ground In U.S., California-Bound

August 7, 2017

Love 'n' Happiness, a Grade 1 winner in her first race since being snatched up by Team Valor, has now been anointed as Brazil's champion 2-year-old filly. She is the 16th champion to be campaigned by one of Barry Irwin's public partnerships. ... More

Animal Kingdom Notches 2nd Stakes Winner At Del Mar Sunday
Cal-Bred Continental Divide Scores As Maiden In Graduation S.
From 9 Runners, Lone 1st-Crop Sire With Multiple Stakes Winners

August 6, 2017

Animal Kingdom, from just nine starters in North America, was represented by his second stakes winner on August 6 when Continental Divide prevailed as a maiden in the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for juvenile California-breds at Del Mar. ... More

Dream Mover Makes All Right Moves In U.S. Debut At Saratoga
Juvenile Sale Buy Continues To Beat Odds After Wind Issue
Flashy Chestnut Was Sharp Right Off The Bat For Jimmy Jerkens

July 31, 2017

Dream Mover delivered a dreamy start to his American career yesterday with a strong drive to get up at Saratoga over a 5 1/2-furlong trip that was well short of his bailiwick in Europe. ... More

Animal Kingdom Gets First Stakes Winner with First Runner
Filly Sunny Skies Shines Following Stormy Downpour Friday
Blood-Horse Magazine Profiles Breeder/Owner Nancy Polk

July 1, 2017

A rainy late night at Churchill Downs didn't keep Nancy Polk from enjoying Sunny Skies. The 2-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom became the first stakes winner for her sire June 30 in the $100,000 Debutante Stakes around 10:30 p.m. EDT, and Normandy Farm owner Polk, also Sunny Skies' breeder, was on hand through stormy weather for the filly's second win in as many starts. ... More

Love 'N' Happiness Scores Grade 1 Honors In Team Valor Debut
Becomes 27th Top-Level Winner For Kentucky-Based Stable
Juvenile Filly Likely Locks Up Divisional Honors In Native Brazil
Latest Star From Potent Stud Chesapeake Family Is U.S.-Bound

June 24, 2017

For the second time in three weeks, Team Valor International reaped immediate rewards with a brand-new acquisition on June 24 when Love 'N' Happiness not only scored in the Grade 1 Gran Premio Immensity in Sao Paulo but also likely locked up championship honors as Brazil's leading 2-year-old filly. ... More

La Sardane Strikes For Group 2 Win Sunday In Chantilly, France
Comfortable Score In Prix Sandringham On French Derby Card
California-Bound Filly Delivers Right Off Bat In Her TVI Debut

June 4, 2017

La Sardane swooped in powerfully to win the Group 2 Prix Sandringham on French Derby day at Chantilly on Sunday in her Team Valor debut. ... More

Animal Kingdom’s 1st American Runner Draws Off At Keeneland
Nine-Length Romp Gets Derby And Dubai Hero Off The Mark In U.S.
Shuttle Stallion Already Among Freshman Leaders In Australia

April 27, 2017

Animal Kingdom's first runner in America and first anywhere on dirt drew off to win by 9 lengths today at Keeneland in a 4 ½-furlong maiden race. Sunny Skies, a homebred filly for Normandy Farm and trainer Ken McPeek, prevailed as the 3-to-5 favorite off a series of sharp gate works. ... More

The TDN Checks In On Plans For Va Bank’s Five-Year-Old Season
Managing Editor Alan Carasso Follows Polish Star Closely
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe At Chantilly In October Is Chief Goal

March 31, 2017

From the the Thoroughbred Daily News's Alan Carasso, who may have been the first writer for an English-language publication to catch on to Va Bank back in 2015, comes the following on early plans for the Polish star’s 5-year-old season. ... More

Animal Kingdom Sires His First Winner Wednesday Afternoon
Earth Angel Emulates Famous Dam Miss Finland in Debut Win
Australian Website Posts Story and Interview

March 8, 2017

Earth Angel has a long way to go before she matches the deeds of her famous mother Miss Finland but she has started her career in similar fashion, with a win on debut at Ballarat. It was more than 11 years ago that Miss Finland was taken to the same track for her first run and she duly saluted. ... More

Barry Irwin Interviewed About Horse Racing Partnerships
Explains Ins And Outs For Capitalism.Com Investment Podcast
Team Valor CEO Pulls No Punches In Describing Risks And Rewards

February 6, 2017

Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin spoke at length about public horse racing partnerships, from the various facets of the business to the process of getting involved, in a podcast interview on ... More

Team Valor Homebred Yearling Topping Fillies in Cape Town Sale
Filly is out of Valor's Classic-Winning Champion Captain's Lover
Partner Gaynor Rupert Co-Bred and Consigned the $265,000 Filly

January 21, 2017

The Vapors, a Var filly out of Classic and Grade 1-winning heroine Captain's Lover, is topping the first day's fillies at the Cape Thoroughbred Sales in Cape Town this evening in Cape Town, South Africa. The bay filly realized a final bid of 3.6 million Rand ($265,000) from Peter Graaf of Lammerskraal Stud in the Western Cape. The shapely miss was bred and owned by Barry Irwin’s Team Valor International in partnership with Gaynor Rupert, whose Drakenstein Stud was the consignor. ... More

TVI Second In Stakes Wins, Ties For Lead In Graded Tallies In 2016 Stable
Won Stakes With 6 Horses, 35 Races Overall On The Season
Top Earner Euro Charline Banked $1.3-Million Despite Seconditis

January 20, 2017

Team Valor International occupied its familiar position at or near the top of the public partnership standings for the 2016 racing season, ranking second with seven stakes wins and tying for the premier spot with three Graded stakes tallies. ... More

John Box Prevails In Team Valor’s Annual Partner Contest
Prize Is A Free 5 Percent Interest In A Team Valor Syndicate In ‘17
Long List Of Clients Hit Bull’s Eye At 35 Victories On 2016 Season

January 5, 2017

John Box of Charlotte, North Carolina, came out on top of Team Valor's annual partner contest with the most accurate prediction of the stable's 2016 seasonal totals for wins and purse earnings. His prize is a free 5 percent interest in a Team Valor horse syndicated during 2017. ... More

Euro Charline Sells For Just Shy of $1-Million In England
High-Class Mare Made Nearly $3.5-Million Between Races, Sales
Japan's Yoshidas Return To Proven Well Buying From Team Valor

November 29, 2016

Team Valor wrapped up a high-class chapter Wednesday in selling Grade 1 winner Euro Charline for a hair under seven figures at $978,000 to Japan's Northern Farm. ... More

Ransom Wins Stan Bergstein Writing Award For Story On Borells
Exposed Conditions At Farm That Led To Animal Cruelty Charges
Spurred Relief From Volunteers And Equine Retirement Groups

November 16, 2016

Margaret Ransom has won the Stan Bergstein Writing Award for a story that revealed dire conditions for more than 40 horses at a Kentucky farm that led to animal cruelty charges against Chuck and Maria Borell. ... More

Hayabusa One Tabbed As ‘Rising Star’ With Stylish U.S. Debut
French Import Draws Off At Keeneland To Cap Hot Week For TVI
With 34th Victory On Year, Already The Most For Stable Since 2012

October 9, 2016

Hayabusa One made his U.S. debut over a solid group of horses look very easy at Keeneland on Sunday, and in the process he earned “Rising Star” status from the Thoroughbred Daily News and a Grade 1 assignment in early December. ... More

G2 Hero Triple Threat Retired To Stud
Monsun 6YO Won Group 2 In France, U. S.
Raced For Breeders TVI and Gary Barber

October 10, 2016

Multiple Grade/Group 2 winner Triple Threat, which raced in France and North America for his breeders Team Valor International and Gary Barber, has been retired from racing at age 6 ... More

Belvoir Bay And Arroyo Fly To Unzip Me Win At Santa Anita
Three Stakes Wins In Last Four Starts For 3yo English Import
Speedy Filly At Home In So. California With Trainer Peter Miller

October 1, 2016

English import Belvoir Bay continued to show her affinity for Southern California on October 1 when she collected her third stakes win over her last 4 starts, flying home best in the $78,000 Unzip Me Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. ... More

Team Valor Offers Animal Kingdom Filly Bought At Keeneland
Barry Irwin’s Top Pick From Book 1 Is A Strapping Chestnut Filly
Graham Motion To Train Well Bred Miss Given The Name Cyrielle

September 13, 2016

Irwin bred Animal Kingdom in a Team Valor partnership, bought him back as a yearling at this same Keeneland September Yearling Sale and has analyzed several foals and yearlings by him. “This filly is as good a representative from this first crop as I’ve seen,” he said, “and in appearance she favors him greatly. ... More

Team Valor Buys Half Of Unbeaten Polish Wonder Horse Va Bank
German Group 3 Score Extended His Winning Streak To 12 In A Row
Archipenko Colt Will Continue To Train In Poland And Raid Europe

September 12, 2016

Team Valor International has acquired a 50 percent interest in the 4-year-old Irish-bred colt Va Bank, who maintained his unbeaten certificate August 27 at Baden-Baden in winning the Group 3 Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe over a mile and a quarter. The Archipenko colt’s 12-race winning streak is believed to be the longest in the world. ... More

Speechify Retires After Running Second Thursday In Allowance
Ralph Nicks: 'Veteran Sprinter Acts Like He Is Protecting Himself'
Team Valor Will Look For A Good Home For $215,185 Grade 3 Winner

September 10, 2016

Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase Speechify, a multiple stakes winner including the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap at Gulfstream Park, has been retired by Team Valor International after trainer Ralph Nicks suggested following his second-place finish Thursday at Gulfstream Park that the veteran sprinter might be protecting himself. ... More

Bergstein Nomination For Story On Out-Of-Competition Testing
Paulick Report Probes Slow Embrace, 10 Years After Introduction
Writer Natalie Voss Garners Third Nomination For $25,000 Award

September 8, 2016

Team Valor International has issued a Stan Bergstein Writing Award nomination for Natalie Voss’s story on out-of-competition drug testing that was published on September 7 on the Paulick Report website. ... More

Belvoir Bay Blazes To Grade 3 Win In First Start On Dirt
English Import Wires $100,000 Torrey Pines At Del Mar
Repels Repeated Challenges, Validates Series Of Twists, Turns

August 28, 2016

Belvoir Bay blazed a new dimension in her career and showed admirable courage on August 28 in a determined victory in the Grade 3 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar, her dirt debut. ... More

Team Valor Filly Lands 1,000th Win For A Barry Irwin Partnership
Milestone Comes In 30th Season, With Blossom d'Orange On July 30
Nearly 30 Percent Of The Victory Total Achieved In Stakes Races

July 30, 2016

Team Valor International reached a milestone over the weekend when Blossom d'Orange landed the 1,000th win for a partnership formed by Barry Irwin, scoring by 5 lengths in Saturday's Group 3 Produccion Nacional at Maronas in Uruguay. ... More

Blossom d’Orange Rises to The Top of 3yo Filly Class In Uruguay
Homebred Cruises to 5-Length Win in Grade 3 Produccion Nacional
Win Is Number 1,000 for a Barry Irwin-Formed Racing Partnership

July 30, 2016

Homebred Blossom d’Orange surprised her rider, her trainer and her owners by how effortlessly she dispatched 9 rivals Saturday to account for the Grade 3 Produccion Nacional by 5 lengths. ... More

Grade 1 Hero Euro Charline Retired From Racing With Tendon Bow
Only 3-Year-Old Filly In 29 Years To Win $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes
Earner of $2,353,010 To Be Offered In December At English Auction

July 6, 2016

Team Valor International’s Euro Charline, which became the first 3-year-old to capture the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park, has been retired from racing. An earner of $2,353,010, the Myboycharlie mare will be entered for the Tattersalls December Sale at Newmarket in trainer Marco Botti’s Prestige Place consignment. ... More

Arles Becomes Stakes Winner in Listed German Race at Hannover
Monsun Filly Wins Black-Type Race in First Start for Team Valor
Wohler 4YO Likely To Race Again in Germany Before Saratoga Trip

June 19, 2016

Freshly syndicated Arles completed the first of two goals Barry Irwin set for her when he bought her this month in Europe by becoming a black-type winner last Sunday at Hannover Racecourse. The well-bred daughter of Champion European sire Monsun had placed four times in black-type races prior to syndication, including a Group 2, but she had never won a stakes race. ... More

Paulick Report's Natalie Voss Receives 2nd Bergstein Nomination
Piece Probes Shadowy 'Snake Oil' Products For Racehorses
Scant Regulation Of And

June 2, 2016

The latest nominee for Team Valor's fifth annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award is a Paulick Report story on shadowy websites that peddle horse supplements touted as performance enhancing. ... More

Brazilian Speedster Addae Do Jaguarete Offered by Team Valor
Multiple Stakes-Winning 3yo Filly has Won 7 of 10 Races, Grade 3
Viable on Dirt/Turf, Beat Males by 4 1/4 Lengths Last Week in Stakes

May 14, 2016

Addae Do Jaguarete, which wrapped up her sprinting career in Brazil recently by trouncing males by 4¼ lengths in a 6-furlong Listed stakes on a sloppy dirt track, was fully syndicated by Team Valor International in an hour and 15 minutes. ... More

Euro Charline Enhances Lofty Reputation In Gr. 1 Lockinge
Mare Runs Second To Top Males At A Mile, Breeders’ Cup In Sight
Botti Has Succeeded In Settling Her, Turning Career Around At 5

May 14, 2016

Euro Charline confirmed her place among the elite horses in the world on May 14 with her second-place finish against males in Newbury's Lockinge Stakes, the first Group 1 for older horses this season in England. The 5-year-old mare gamely followed up on her second-place finish to Japan’s Real Steel in the $6-million Dubai Turf in March and has now won or placed in five races at the highest level. ... More

Responsibleforlove Wins Listed Prep For Group 2 Oaks d’Italia
Duke of Marmalade Filly Comes Good In First Valor Race May 7
Makes All, Turns Back Rivals Despite Jockey Losing Whip

May 7, 2016

Team Valor International and Mrs. Gaynor Rupert have the probable favorite for the May 29 renewal of the lucrative Group 2 Oaks d’Italia in the presence of Saturday’s Listed trial winner Responsibleforlove. ... More

Megan Jones Interviewed For TCA’s Owner’s Corner
Outlines Team Valor’s Approach To Thoroughbred Aftercare
Stable Has Entrusted Changing Leads, Renaissance Ranch

May 3, 2016

Vice President Megan Jones discusses Team Valor's approach to retirement arrangements in a Q&A with the Thoroughbred Charities of America. ... More

Paulick Piece On License Maneuver Nominated For Writing Honor
By Turning In License In Fla., Trainer Able To Avoid Reciprocity
Paulick Report’s 2nd Nomination In 2016 For $25,000 Bergstein Award

May 3, 2016

Team Valor International has nominated a story from the Paulick Report on the license status of trainer Marcus Vitali in Florida and Maryland for the $25,000 Stan Bergstein Writing Award. ... More

Team Valor Partners Enjoy Spring Fling In Heart Of Bluegrass
Keeneland, Denali Stud, The Irwins Home, Fasig-Tipton Key Venues
Animal Kingdom And His Babies Seen By About 100 Racing Partners

April 27, 2016

Team Valor International hosted near 100 racing partners last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at several venues in the bluegrass, where Briana Mott spearheaded a major team effort on the part of the company’s staff to show off the stable and the region’s assets. ... More

Irwin Unveils Derby Innovator: The Making Of Animal Kingdom
Pull-No-Punches Memoir Available At Major Online Outlets
Sporting Post Q&A On Long-Awaited Book Of ‘Barry Being Barry’

April 19, 2016

From South Africa’s Sporting Post comes the following about Derby Innovator: The Making of Animal Kingdom, the memoir of Barry Irwin released this month. “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels. The trouble makers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently." ... More

Euro Charline Back To Her Best With Narrow 2nd In Dubai Turf
Mare Earns $1.2-Million To Double Her Career Bankroll
Marco, Lucie Botti Have ‘Outdone Themselves’ With Tough 5yo

March 26, 2016

Euro Charline nearly pulled off a major upset as she fired a career-best on March 26 in finishing second by a diminishing half-length in the $6-million Dubai Turf on World Cup night at Meydan racecourse. ... More

Tuttipaesi Swoops In From The East For Grade 2 Santa Ana Win
Game Mare Continues To Reward Valor Ladies Partners
Third Stakes Score In Last 4 Starts, After Long Stint On Sidelines

March 26, 2016

Tuttipaesi was the first member of the Valor Ladies partnership, and she continues to exemplify the stable name as a lady of valor. The grey mare reached a new peak at age 6 on March 26 when she gamely knifed through traffic to get up approaching the wire in the Grade 2 Santa Ana States at Santa Anita. . ... More

Fresh From Thailand, Wide Range Booked To Medaglia d’Oro
Barry Irwin Lands Foal Share Agreement With Darley Stud
Resulting Foal Will Be A Three-Quarter Sibling To Star Songbird

February 26, 2016

After traveling from the farthest reaches of the Thoroughbred world all the way back to the epicenter, Wide Range received another major boost today when Barry Irwin was able to nail down a nomination for her to be bred to Medaglia d’Oro, the sire of her star half sister Songbird. ... More

Team Valor Buys Songbird’s Graded-Producing Half-Sister
Wide Range Slated To Be Imported Saturday From Thailand
Mare Foaled The $480,251-Earner, Grade 3 Winner Mico Margarita

February 11, 2016

From England's Racing Post: Team Valor is renowned for the international nature of its operation, but it has surpassed itself by sourcing a half-sister to exciting U. S. filly Songbird in Thailand. ... More

Madame Dubois Strikes For Grade 3 Win In Valor Debut
Classic Guineas Next For 3yo Filly After Three Troikas Triumph
Barry Irwin Finds Gem In Rare Private Purchase In South Africa

February 6, 2016

Trainer Robbie Sage warned that Madame Dubois would be short of her best for her first start of 2016 but her talent shone through in a game Grade 3 triumph under jockey Piere "Stryker" Strydom on February 7 in Johannesburg. She was racing for the first time for Team Valor and partners Valor Ladies, Anant and Vanashree Singh and Colin Bird. ... More

Team Valor Reveals 5 Judges Who Will Decide 2016 Bergstein Award
Denman, McCarron, Milbert, Veitch, Wall Tapped For $25,000 Honor
Irwin-Sponsored Writing Award To Be Presented Again In The Fall

January 26, 2016

Barry Irwin and his Team Valor International will again honor excellent journalism in 2016 and have lined up a new slate of judges to decide the $25,000 Stan Bergstein Writing Award. ... More

Mexikoma Makes His Mark in Sunshine Millions Classic
Hits Bulls' Eye On Target That Connections Set In September
Long-Winded 5YO Notches 106 Beyer, Validating Potential At Last

January 16, 2016

After many teases, Mexikoma began to fulfill his potential on January 16 in a breakthrough triumph in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic for Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park. ... More

Belvoir Bay Emerges as an Instant Star in the Blue Norther Stakes
Juvenile Filly Explodes to Score on Santa Anita Sod by 7¼ Lengths
English Import Registers Flashy “7” Ragozin & “90” Beyer Numbers

December 28, 2015

Longtime racing partners Team Valor International and Gary Barber saw their English 2-year-old filly Belvoir Bay burst to the fore of her division with panache on Sunday at Santa Anita in the Blue Norther Stakes. Jockey Flavien Prat, returning from a severe back injury, did a masterful job settling the speedy import and cleverly made an early move curving off the final bend to open a clear advantage. ... More

Tuttipaesi Adds Gulfstream Wrinkle With 2nd Straight Stakes Win
Pride Of Valor Ladies Earns 96 Beyer, May Extend Racing Career
Penciled In For Breeding Date, Italian Import Is Thriving On Track

December 12, 2015

Tuttipaesi may have added yet another extension to her racing career for Valor Ladies on December 12 when she soared to a fifth career stakes win in the $100,000 South Beach Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park. ... More

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