BREAKING NEWS ... LA SARDANE sells at Fasig-Tipton, in-foal to Justify, for $1,100,000 !!!

Rocket Song Exhibits Pure Grit in Front-Running French Triumph
Sets Measured Pace on Holding Ground, Sees Off Rivals in Stretch
Plan is to Return to Same Course and Distance in the Criterium S.

October 18, 2020

True to his name, the TVI colorbearer broke from the 1 hole like, well, a Rocket! He fell into the lead and, with Alexandre Gavilan taking a long hold and virtually standing up in the saddle as though he were riding in a jumps race, Rocket Song set a measured pace and maintained about a half-length advantage up the backstretch and around the curve over the filly favorite Snow. ... More

Victory Kingdom Beaten Neck in Grade 3 Ontario Fashion Stakes
Homebred Just Pipped by Favorite on Synthetic, Earning 94 Beyer

September 26, 2020

Victory Kingdom was placing in a Graded-level dash for a third time in her career, having done it twice in Australia, where she had come agonizingly close to winning the Group 2 Kewney Stakes over 7 furlongs when also beaten a neck. Victory Kingdom’s dam Victory Party is a half-sister to three of the most impressive horses in the world today; Beholder (multiple Grade 1 winner and 4-time Champion), Into Mischief (Grade 1 winner and Leading Sire) and Mendelssohn (Champion and Grade 1 winner). ... More

Spanish Mission Easily Skips Home in the Group 2 Doncaster Cup
Sky Sports Reports on Second Stakes Win for New Trainer A. Balding

September 11, 2020

Spanish Mission ran out a very impressive winner of the bet365 Doncaster Cup for Andrew Balding. A smart performer for David Simcock last season, he has now won both his races since joining Balding. Still only a four-year-old, the Noble Mission colt arguably had to prove his stamina over two and a quarter miles - and he clearly answered any lingering doubts. ... More

Broodmare of the Year Sunshine Lover Taken out of Production
Dam of G1 Guineas Heroines Ebony Flyer and Captain's Lover is 22
Accomplished Broodmare Will Live Out Her Days at Klipdrif Stud

August 27, 2020

Sunshine Lover, believed to be the first broodmare in the world to produced back-to-back Classic Guineas winners with her first two foals to race, has been retired from breeding this week after she had a stillborn filly by leading South African black-type sire Gimmethegreenlight. She had been booked back to that top son of American/Australian sire legend More Than Ready. ... More

Spanish Mission Makes the Most of a Gimme when Winning Stakes
Aldrew Balding Gets a Win in First Start with Valor/Barber Colt
Jockey Jamie Spencer Calls Race "Just What The Doctor Ordered"

August 20, 2020

Spanish Mission, the prohibitive favorite, raced behind cover to the final quarter-mile yesterday in the Listed Chester Stakes. Reunited jockey Jamie Spencer squeezed him between horses for a clear run, the colt went to the front on his own. He veered right for a few strides before Spencer let him run for perhaps 70 yards and he won for fun by 3 lengths. ... More

Bolivar Passes Gut Check While Up in Class for Impressive Score
Sophomore Spikes a 108 Timeform in Only His Third Career Outing
Trainer Paddy Twomey Eyes Group 3 For French-Bred's Next Start

August 19, 2020

Paddy Twomey, who had selected Bolivar as a yearling at the Arqana October Sale in Deauville and raced him to break his maiden second time out by a stunning 12 lengths, said jockey Wayne Lordan assured him that he always had things under control. "He could have gone to the lead at any stage of the race," Lordan revealed, "but we wanted to educate the colt a bit. Despite carrying 12 pounds more than the runner-up, the colt has at least two more gears I didn’t even have to think about using." ... More

Hurricane Dream Wins Listed Race, Now 4 Wins in 5 French Starts
Proves Derby was Abberation when Beating Derby Fourth Sunday
Jour de Galop Publisher Remarks Race Resembled a "Group" Affair

August 16, 2020

Hurricane Dream not only triumphed in his first race since losing his unbeaten status in the Classic Group 1 French Derby when taking the Listed Prix Nureyev on Sunday, he showed that the Derby result was all wrong, as in winning over the weekend he finished ahead of the Derby fourth Dawn Intello. Pierre-Charles Boudot was back aboard the Mikael Mescam trainee, and was bet down to favoritism for the mile-and-a-quarter Prix Nureyev ... More

Octane Posts Consecutive Victories at Gávea going 1500 Meters
Takes Field Wire-to-Wire to Upset Odds-On Favorite Idle Ways

July 26, 2020

Fernando Lopes of the Jockey Club Brasileiro reported on today's victory of Team Valor's homebred filly: Octane started first and ended first in the 1,500 meters, soft turf, of the Prova Especial Tirolesa. The race, reserved for 3 year old fillies, honors the first mare to win the Gran Premio Brasil (in 1950) and one of the biggest animals of all time that passed through our tracks and was one of the biggest attractions of the meeting this Sunday, July 26, in the Hippodrome of Gávea. ... More

The Black Album Wins $75,000 Indiana Listed Stakes Off Bench
Rudy Brissett Primes Colt to Run New Beyer (94), Ragozin (10) Tops

July 8, 2020

The Black Album left his previous United States form well behind him Wednesday evening in the $75,000 John B. Schuster Memorial Stakes at Indian Grand going a mile and a sixteenth to win drawing away by 1½ lengths for his third career black-type victory. ... More

Yearling Buy Attendante Wins Second Time Up in Southern France
Fleeting's Half-Sister Looks to Have Serious Potential for Stable

June 21, 2020

Riding to instructions, top district reinsman Jean-Bernard Eyquem, who rode Almanzor to win the Group 1 French Derby in 2016, steered the filly to perfection. She easily got to the front down the lane, opened up a gap that made it look like she was going to win by 4 or 5 lengths, then geared her down as she approached the winning post. She won by a couple of lengths in the end. ... More

In Winning Grade 1 Jaipur at Belmont, Oleksandra Makes History
Team Valor International Stable Reaches Several Milestones

June 20, 2020

Oleksandra helped the stable reach several milestones in winning the Grade 1 Jaipur Stakes over colts at Belmont ... More

Oleksandra Wins Belmont Park Grade 1 in Her Very First Try
Home-bred Animal Kingdom Mare Aims for Troy S. & Breeders' Cup
Thoroughbred Daily News Covers the "Win & You're In" Race

June 20, 2020

OLEKSANDRA (Aus) (Animal Kingdom) got the best of the boys and secured a spot in the gate at the Breeders’ Cup with a late-rallying victory in the GI Jaipur S. at Belmont. Trailing the field early, the 9-4 chalk bided her time as Pure Sensation (Zensational) battled Hidden Scroll (Hard Spun) through swift opening splits of :21.33 and :43.52. Swung out three wide, the dark bay picked it up approaching the far turn and charged down the lane, inhaling her competitors ... More

Moll Cozy Dublin Winner Stretching on Turf for Paddy Twomey
Filly Wins in Hand, But Nobody Fooled by Closeness of Victory
Trainer Pondering Options Going Forward in Light of New Rating

June 15, 2020

The new and improved version of Moll duly came through as advertised by Paddy Twomey when she cozily won a mid-level handicap at Leopardstown Sunday. Not only was she able to flash as little of her brilliance as possible and still win, but she tried to fool the Official Handicapper in the process. Barry Irwin said “I was happy. It was a very clever ride and win. We have ourselves a Group winner in the making by a tremendously successful sire in Camelot.” ... More

Hurricane Dream Aims for French Derby After Easy Chantilly Win
French-Bred Colt Stays Unbeaten in 3 Starts with 2 1/2 Length Tally
Jour de Galop Reviews Impressive Victory of the Mescam Trainee

June 15, 2020

The Prix de Champerret over the distance of the Prix de Jockey Club and at the Chantilly track where that Classic will be contested, represented a real test for Hurricane Dream (Hurricane Cat). Highly valued, his owner had just sold 75% of the colt to Team Valor International. After several easy victories in the West, he faced class horses for the first time. The trainee of Mikael Mescam confirmed the hopes placed in him and he established himself as a truly good horse. ... More

Nathanielhawthorne Gives Team Valor First Win Over Hurdles
Handicapper Raises Mark 6.6 Lbs, So David Cottin Will Change Plan
Team Valor Agrees to Now Try the Colt in Steeplechase Events

June 14, 2020

Nathanielhawthorne became Team Valor’s first winner over hurdles on Saturday in the Prix de Royan handicap at Compiegne. The 4-year-old started well and found a position running third for the first six of the thirteen hurdles. The David Cottin trainee then moved up to lead the field by a length. At the tenth hurdle Purple Light drew up alongside him and the pair quickened to be three lengths clear of the next horse, Aberwind, who headed the rest of the field. Purple Light stole the lead over the twelfth by 3/4 of a length but Nathanielhawthorne battled back to earn the lead back over the final fence before fending off Purple Light by a neck the entire length of the stretch and across the wire. ... More

Silence Please Remains Unbeaten Wednesday in 3 Starts in Ireland
Hangs Nose on Stable Mate on Wire to Claim Salsabil S. in Dublin
Owners May Aim for $565,000 German Oaks at Dusseldorf in August

June 11, 2020

Much was made of jockey Shane Foley, trainer Jessica Harrington’s contract rider, opting for stable mate One Voice over Team Valor and Gary Barber’s Silence Please in their seasonal debuts for Wednesday’s Listed Salsabil Stakes at Leopardstown. ... More

Go Rose Pays Rapid Reward on Initiative to Return Her to Germany
Soldier Hollow Filly Wins Her First Black-Type Race on Sunday
Andreas Woehler Thought She Might Be Too Rusty to Win Stakes

June 7, 2020

In a pleasant surprise to trainer and owners alike, Go Rose "ran in" on her connections to score the first stakes victory of her career at Hannover in the black-type event named the Pferdewetten Cup. Completely blocked at the top of the stretch, jockey Bauyrzhan Murzabayev deftly manuevered the little mare like a go-kart between her opponents without getting stopped anywhere. ... More

Emoji Scores Facile Front-Running Triumph in Listed Guineas Prep
German Import Wins by 2 Lengths as 13-10 Favorite at Saint-Cloud
Boudot Backs Up Pace to a Crawl, Sprints Away Nearing the Finish

March 15, 2020

Leading French jockey P.C. Boudot walked the dog aboard favored Emoji and triumphed in the easiest fashion possible in Sunday’s initial black-type French One Thousand Guineas Trial of the season over a very heavy course at Saint-Cloud. ... More

Valor French Fillies' Second Starter Heliabel Triumphs in Debut
Trainer Simone Brogi Sends Out Yearling Buy to Win Well at Lyon
Outsized Daughter of Camelot Uses Stamina to Win at 2150 Meters

February 28, 2020

Heliabel, the second runner to represent the 4-filly yearling partnership formed in October of 2018, made a winning debut yesterday at Lyon’s La Soie racecourse in France, when she “ran in” on trainer Simone Brogi, who admitted he was “pleasantly surprised” with the outcome. ... More

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner La Sardane Retired from Racing
French Import Won Group 2 in Homeland, Grade 3 in North America
Retirement Precipitated by Injury Suffered in Santa Anita Sprint

February 22, 2020

La Sardane, who spectacularly crashed in a 2-horse fall sprinting down the hill at Santa Anita on March 31 of last year, has been retired from racing by Team Valor International today following a last-place finished in the Grade 2 Buena Vista. “It is obvious that she is no longer comfortable enough on that foot she broke last year to put pressure on it in a race,” said Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin. “It is one thing to train well on it, quite another to exert pressure in a race. ... More

Gouverneur Morris Nears Track Record in Tampa Bay Return
Paulick Report Covers Impressive Sophomore Debut

Feb 18, 2020

Few jockeys are more proficient in making successful strategy changes during a race than John Velazquez. Gouverneur Morris did his part, racing to a 1 ¼-length victory from Untitled in the allowance event in a time of 1:38.88 for the mile-and-40 yards on the main track, .02 seconds off Jackson's track record. ... More

Gouverneur Morris Set for 2020 Debut at Tampa Bay Downs
Blood-Horse's Bob Ehalt on Return of Constitution Colt

Feb 11, 2020

It looks like Triple Crown hopeful Gouverneur Morris will be returning to the races a little sooner than expected. Though it seemed as if the Grade 1-placed Constitution colt was on track to begin his 3-year-old campaign in the $750,000 South West Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 17, he will instead run for trainer Todd Pletcher on Feb 14 at Tampa. ... More

Axana Channels Technician with Dual Championships in Germany
Named Champion at 3 Over Males, Co-Champion Regardless of Age
Team Valor/Larry Young Filly Runs the Table Twixt 8-9.5 Furlongs

Jan 26, 2020

Axana raced only 3 times and did not run after July 1, yet she showed enough in her 3 outings to land atop the German ratings of the Official Handicapper in two categories. The Soldier Hollow filly was rated at 110, making her the Champion 3-year-old regardless of sex and the Co-Champion regardless of age or sex in the Middle Distance category between 8 and 9.5 furlongs. ... More

Technician Garners Two Championship Staying Honors in France
Rated Top 3-Year-Old, Co-Top Regardless of Age Among Stayers
Only Seven Stayers in the World Rated Above Technician in 2019
Logician World's Only 3-Year-Old Stayer Rated Above Technician

Jan 24, 2020

Technician has been richly rewarded for his tremendous achievements in France last season for his trainer Martyn Meade and owners Team Valor International by being rated at the pinnacle among Stayers to have raced around the globe. Best in four individual stakes races in France and England, the Mastercraftsman grey finished his campaign in a rally, closing out his sophomore campaign with back-to-back triumphs at Longchamp, first against 3-year-olds in the Group 2 Prix Jean Chaudenay and then facing his elders in the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak. ... More

Barry Irwin's Partnerships Reach Milestone in Graded Earners
Nisreen Becomes Graded Black-Type Earner Number 200 Since 1987
Nearly 1 of 3 B. Eye Runners (31%) Has Won/Placed in Graded Race

Jan 17, 2020

Nisreen provided the racing partnerships formed by Barry Irwin over the last 33 racing seasons with its 200th black-type earner in a Graded stakes. The strike rate of 31% is one of the fractional-interest partnerships more impressive accomplishments. She came within a whisker of becoming Graded stakes winner number 101 when she finished on the wrong bob yesterday in the $250,000, Grade 2 Cape Verdi Stakes at Meydan in Dubai. ... More

Nisreen Beaten Nose in Grade 2, $250,000 Cape Verdi Stakes in Dubai
French Mare Nailed on Wire in Desperate Bid from Godolphin Miss
Consistent Mare (6 Wins, 3 Placed in 11 Starts) Will Try Again in Desert

Jan 17, 2020

Nisreen ran the race of her life yesterday in her 6-year-old debut, when she did everything right but hit the wire on the wrong head-bob in a gutsy performance in the Group 2 Cape Verdi Stakes at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Completely disrespected or ignored by racing pundits, bettors and bookies, the super-talented senior citizen showed the international community what her connections had known all along. ... More

Team Valor Year-End Stats Confirm Stable Enjoyed Great Season
TVI Nationally and Internationally Rated Among Best Stables
We Review End-Of-Season Statistics in 2019 Final Wrap-Up

Dec 31, 2019

Team Valor International as usual enjoyed a successful racing season in 2019. And, as per usual, the stable's success in stakes races mirrored its overall success in all types of racing. Stakes races in theory are harder to navigate because of the higher class levels involved, so for TVI to have the same strike rate in stakes as it does in maiden and allowance races is quite an accomplishment. ... More

The Blood-Horse Reports on Future of Team Valor
Turf Writer Bob Ehalt Interviews Stable's Barry Irwin

Nov 13, 2019

When Barry Irwin looks into the future, he sees distant shores. The founder and CEO of Team Valor International said one of the industry's oldest and most successful partnerships is phasing out its stable in the United States and will focus on racing in Europe. ... More

The Thoroughbred Daily News Reviews Royal-Oak Win
of Team Valor's Mastercraftsman Colt, Technician

Oct 27, 2019

Team Valor’s Technician (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) posted victories at each of the lower stakes levels this term, in tandem with tackling increasing trips in his five latest starts, and went postward for Sunday’s G1 Prix Royal-Oak at ParisLongchamp returning off a win over the Bois de Boulogne venue’s same 15 1/2-furlong trip in the Oct. 5 G2 Prix Chaudenay on Arc weekend. Encountering much softer ground than ever before here, he maintained his perfect record at the track and the in-form streak of Pierre-Charles Boudot with a hard-fought 1 1/4-length tally from last year’s G1 Prix du Cadran hero Call the Wind. ... More

Technician Wins Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak at ParisLongchamp
Pro-Tem Champion Becomes Gr. 1 Winner Number 29 for Stable

Oct 27, 2019

Technician dug in bravely to repel the challenge of hardy stayer Call The Wind to strike at Group 1 level for the first time in the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp for Martyn Meade. The 3-year-old colt continued his progression and travelled well into the 1m 7½f contest to secure an authoritative length-and-a-quarter success at odds of 11-4 under Pierre-Charles Boudot. ... More

Oleksandra Becomes Graded Winner Number 100 for Barry Irwin,
Aussie-Bred Mare Comes Within Tick of Keeneland Course Record,
Animal Kingdom Mare Improves U.S. Record to 6 Wins in 10 Outings

Oct 12, 2019

On what must go down as one of the best days of racing experienced by Barry Irwin’s syndications since 1987, Oleksandra rose to the occasion with a truly magnificent victory Friday at Keeneland to not only become a Graded stakes winner but to reach a milestone as the 100th such winner for the stable." ... More

Pivotal Connection Scores at Even-Money in Belmont Turf Router,
Irish Import Wires Field to Score in $77,000 Feature Over 1 1/4 Miles,
Mare Responds to Lengthy Rehab to Nab Win, Second in Pair of Outs

Oct 12, 2019

Pivotal Connection ran the race of her life coming back from a 9-month hiatus to finish second last month going a too-short mile when earning a career-topping 89 Beyer speed figure at Belmont Park. That effort, plus stretching out to a more suitable mile and a quarter, made her attractive to bettors who made her the even-money favorite." ... More

Technician Flies in Soft Going at Longchamp to Score in Group 2,
Son of Mastercraftsman Steps Up to 3000 Meters and Shows Heart,
Thoroughbred Daily News Reviews the Victory in Paris G2

Oct 6, 2019

With ground conditions and a stamina test to suit, Team Valor's TECHNICIAN (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) suggested he could be a leading stayer in the making when winning Saturday's G2 Qatar Prix Chaudenay at Paris-Longchamp. "Today, the ground made the difference--he was more relaxed and displayed his acceleration." ... More

High Hours Scores High-Profile Adoption at North Carolina Farm,
Montreal Olympics Gold Medal Hero Tad Coffin Takes Brazilian,
Famed Equestrian Rode Him Yesterday and Decided to Adopt Horse

Sep 30, 2019

Team Valor's retired Brazilian Sprint Champion High Hours, sent just a couple weeks ago to a North Carolina farm to be re-homed, has landed the best gig since Annie was adopted by Daddy Warbucks. Highly decorated American equestrian Tad Coffin fell for him yesterday at the Winter Haven Farm. ... More

Gouverneur Morris Subject of "In Sharper Focus" at The TDN,
Thoroughbred Daily News' Steve Sherack covers Constitution Colt
Examines How 'Rising Star' Juvenile Came to be Bought by Irwin

Sep 27, 2019

If $600,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida graduate and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Gouverneur Morris’ runaway debut win in the Saratoga slop Sept. 2 was any indication, Team Valor International’s Barry Irwin may have a difficult time staying away from the 2-year-old in training sales for such a long time again. So what lured Irwin back to the ring? ... More

Gouverneur Morris to Try Two Turns in Breeders' Futurity,
Impressive Maiden Winner at Spa to Reappear at Keeneland,
Blood-Horse's Bob Ehalt covers Return of Constitution Colt

Sep 21, 2019

After a dazzling debut at Saratoga Race Course, the next step for Team Valor International and WinStar Farm's Gouverneur Morris will come Oct. 5 around two turns in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. A 2-year-old son of first-year sire Constitution, Gouverneur Morris had an eye-opening nine-length victory in his Sept. 2 career debut at the Spa for trainer Todd Pletcher, covering 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.29 on a sloppy track as a 3-5 favorite. ... More

Spanish Mission Wins Rich Jockey Club Derby on Loose Rein,
Noble Mission Colt Thoroughly Professional in Gutsy Effort,
NYRA's Brian Bohl covers Million Dollar Race Result

Sep 7, 2019

Team Valor International and Earle Mack’s Spanish Mission dueled with 38-1 longshot Pedro Cara in deep stretch and gained supremacy in the final jumps to win the inaugural running of Saturday’s $1 million Jockey Club Derby Invitational, the final jewel of the Turf Trinity for sophomores, at Belmont Park. ... More

Constitution Colt Gouverneur Morris Mighty Impressive in Debut,
Skips by 9 Lengths in Saratoga Unveiling Under John Velazquez,
The Thoroughbred Daily News covers Pletcher First-Timer's Win

Sep 3, 2019

"The cleverly named Gouverneur Morris, picked up for $600,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida March sales of Two-Year-Olds in training, ran to billing as the 3-to-5 favorite to earned TDN Rising Star status in his Saratoga debut on closing day at the Spa track. The grey colt was handridden down the lane by John Velazquez en route to a powerful nine-length decision." ... More

Coolmore Raves about Team Valor & Barber Filly Silence Please,
Daughter of Gleneagles Still Undefeated, Has Lofty Aspirations

Sep 2, 2019

Sunday saw Silence Please make it two from two when taking the Irish EBF Premier Nursery at Cork in the colours of new owners Team Valor International and Gary Barber. US connections purchased the filly privately after her winning debut over seven furlongs in July and she remained in the care of Jessica Harrington, who kept her at the same trip for her second start. ... More

Team Valor Filly Loveisthehigherlaw wins at 11 furlongs,
Daughter of Kodiac Still Undefeated in 2 Lifetime Starts, Reviews Excellent Win Against Group Males

August 22, 2019

"Loveisthehigherlaw is now two from two after turning over odds-on favourite Blenheim Palace in the Killarney Racegoers Club Race. Victorious in the silks of Charles O'Callaghan 104-days back, Paddy Twomey's Kodiac filly now goes for the powerhouse American operation Team Valor International." ... More

Team Valor Home-bred Australian Filly Wins at Saratoga,
Smart N Fancy Stakes at the Mercy of Easy Winner,
Oleksandra One of 3 Winners on Card for Animal Kingdom

August 17, 2019

Team Valor's home-bred filly Oleksandra (Aus) coasted home easily in the Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga, a 5 1/2 turf event in which she lacked only a fifth of a second of breaking the newly established course record. Reunited with Joel Rosario, the jockey who rode her sire Animal Kingdom to victory in the Dubai World Cup, Oleksandra was calm and confident at the rear of the pack in the early stages of the race. ... More

Technician Wears Down Favored Morando in Newbury G3,
Classic St. Leger is "Next Logical Step" per Trainer Meade,
Son of Mastercraftsman Becomes Stable's 99th Graded Winner

August 17, 2019

Team Valor International is one Group/Graded stakes victory away from an impressive milestone of 100 individual Graded wins. Technician, the grey son of Mastercraftsman, registered win number 99 in that category for the evergreen internationally-focused stable. The Guardian newspaper recaps the gutsy effort. ... More

Thoroughbred Daily News Recaps Win by Team Valor 3yo in English G3,
Spanish Mission a New Stakes Winner for Galileo son Noble Mission.

July 12, 2019

Staying was the order of the day in Thursday’s G3 Bahrain Trophy and Earle Mack and Team Valor LLC’s Spanish Mission (Noble Mission {GB}) had no deficit in that regard as he powered to an emphatic success in course-record time for the 13 furlongs. A furlong from home, the bay met the rising ground with relish to register a four-length verdict over that rival and string out the field.” ... More

Team Valor International is Hot-Hot-Hot as Summer Temps Rise,
Stable in Last 10 Starts Has 5 Wins (2 in Stakes), 2 Seconds, 3 Thirds,
Team Valor Tops Germany's Owner Standings in 2019 Earnings.

July 2, 2019

Team Valor International rallied at the end of the initial half of the 2019 racing season and after the first day of the second half it had compiled some pretty impressive statistics, advises the stable’s record-keeper Kathleen Irwin. “In our last 10 starts, we have 5 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds — 100% in the money,” she said. “Pretty strong and we actually won some photo finishes for a change.” ... More

Axana Shows She can Stalk Making G3 Her Fourth Win in 6 Starts
Madita Nearly Overcomes Nightmare Trip to Miss Second by Neck,
Soldier Hollow Sires First 3 Across the Line Monday at Hamburg.

July 1, 2019

Axana’s brilliance was on full display in the Group 3 Hamburg Stutenmeile facing her elders for the first time when scoring by daylight over a mile at Hamburg run in 1:35 2/5 on ground labeled “good.” Team Valor's other entrant Madita finished third, beaten a neck for second, after experiencing a rough passage and heads to the Fair Hill barn of trainer Arnaud Delacour on Friday. ... More

The Black Album Prevails in Close Finish to Win Charlie Barley S.,
Flavien Prat Fashion Perfect Trip For Gutsy Little 3-Year-Old,
French Colt, French Trainer and French Jockey Win at Woodbine.

June 29, 2019

The Black Album received a gorgeous ride from turf genius Flavien Prat and the colt responded in kind with a courageous performance to get up in the last step to account for the $100,000 (Canadian funds) one-mile Listed Charlie Barley Stakes on the outer grass course at Woodbine, for owners Team Valor International and Gary Barber. ... More

Oleksandra Goes Last to First Running Down the Boys at Belmont,
Amazing Finish Under Cocky Ride by Rosario Secures Neck Victory,
"AK" Homebred Misses 6-Furlong Course Record by 2 Ticks in 1:07.17.

June 28, 2019

Oleksandra’s rapid development into one of the nation’s most promising female grass sprinters was on display this afternoon at Belmont Park, where she ran down a field of males to score in a nw3 race, after a similar event for fillies and mares failed to attract enough entrants earlier in the week. Trainer Neil Drysdale sent her out super sharp to beat males, a gambit he has been doing with incredible regularity for the past 5 decades at North American racetracks. ... More

J Beresford Tipton Overcomes Trouble to Win Delaware Debut,
Animal Kingdom Colt Came Last Sixteenth in :6 1/5 in 1-Length Win,
Barry Irwin Home-Bred Scores Going Long on Turf for A. Delacour.

June 27, 2019

Three-year-old Animal Kingdom homebred J Beresford Tipton, bet down to even-money off a series of sharp Fair Hill works, surprisingly was dispatched at odds of even-money for his debut Thursday at Delaware Park. The colt’s works had been good, but he only popped once from the gate and in his last move he was green and leaning in on a workmate. But the money was smart in the end, as the half-brother to Graded half-million-dollar earner Howe Great proved much the best in scoring by a length after overcoming traffic issues in the lane. ... More

Gaius Roars Home on Top to Snare French Handicap at Chantilly,
Barry Irwin Homebred Wins Second race in 4 Starts for Partners,
Trainer Francis Graffard Caps Day with Royal Ascot Group 1 Win.

June 21, 2019

Dismissed at 13 to 1, Gaius showed just like he did in his last start that he is no longer a dead head, sloppy youngster. He has some gas and he wants to use it to a certain extent from the get go. He broke running today. This time, instead of the jock trying to guzzle him into submission, his rider Ronan Thomas let him place himself in the front four, where he raced perfectly positioned for most of the race. The TVI colorbearer had an uneventful trip until rivals jockey began to strategically position their horses for the run into the straight. ... More

Statistics: 2019 Virtual Mirror Image of 2018 Figs for Team Valor,
Winning Strike Rate 17 Percent After Technician Scores 18th Win,
TVI Has Virtually Same Number of Starts, Wins and Stakes Winners.

June 14, 2019

Although many of the players are new, Team Valor International is showing remarkable consistency year to year with virtually identical statistics through June 13. At this date last year, TVI had 110 starts,19 wins and 2 stakes winners. This year, the stable has the same 110 starts, 18 wins and 3 stakes winners. “It really shows that no matter the cast of characters, Team Valor is able to generate the same stats year in and year out.” ... More

Technician Lands Listed Prix Ridgway Yesterday at Longchamp,
Meade-Trained Grey Digs Deep Under Oisin Murphy to Win by Neck,
Jockey Tells Trainer to Run Him Farther and Keep Him on Soft.

June 14, 2019

Connections of Technician could be forgiven for experiencing deja vu yesterday when the 3-year-old grey colt refrused to enter the starting gate until he was fitted with a blindfold. Any reluctance the son of Mastercraftsman may have had entering the gate disappeared during the running of the Listed Prix Ridgway. In fact, his generosity was his hallmark in a dead-game effort in which he repelled a lengthy challenge from Godolphin/Fabre's favored Battle of Toro. ... More

Pillar Mountain Gets Team Valor Off the Schneid in Belmont Win,
Rosario Leaves it Until Very End to Get Up in Time for Pletcher,
Victory Ends Series of Too Many Second-Place Finishes to Count

June 6, 2019

Pillar Mountain, making his second outing off a layoff, showed a high degree of moxie in coming up a very tight opening along the rail while under severe pressure to score by a nose just now at Belmont Park for trainer Todd Pletcher. He was sent off as the 7-to-5 favorite off a big number last year at Saratoga and an excellent comeback third going shorter at Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby Festival. ... More

Oleksandra Up in Time Under Rosario to Win Belmont Allowance,
Drysdale's Move East Pays Dividends in Winning $85,000 Grass Dash,
Australian Animal Kingdom Home-Bred is Big Last-to-First Winner

May 24, 2019

The stars were in alignment today at Belmont Park for Team Valor International and partners, as when its Australian home-bred Animal Kingdom mare Oleksandra came from last to first to win an exciting race. Oleksandra officially won by a neck and earned $46,750 bringing her earnings in the U.S. to about $112,000. In 5 U.S. starts, she now has 3 wins. ... More

Mark Brown of Racing Post Impressed by Run of Technician
Runner-Up in Group 3 Classic Trial Seen as 'Most Unlucky'
Should Turn Tables on Winner Bangkok in G1 Epsom Derby

Apr 26, 2019

From Racing Post: The Bet365 Classic Trial often produces a smart performer and both Bangkok and Technician emerged from the race with plenty of credit. Bangkok earned most of the plaudits, being cut generally to 12-to-1 for Epsom, but nowhere near enough was made of how unlucky Technician was. ... More

Axana is Profiled in Germany's Turf Times After Easy G3 Win
Soldier Hollow Filly Eased-Down Winner by Nearly 3 Lengths
A. Woehler Says "She Is Even Better Over a Mile and a Quarter"

Apr 22, 2019

From German Turf Times: This is the time of year when Classic trials are in the spotlight, and Germany is no exception. The Group 3 Schwarzgold-Rennen was won in tremendous style by Team Valor's Axana, trained by Andreas Wöhler. Axana's performance was certainly the best by a German three-year-old so far this year. ... More

La Sardane Escapes Tragedy in Fall on Santa Anita's Grass Course
French Import Unable to Avoid Fallen Runner in Grade 3
Drysdale Reports Team Valor Mare May Have Bruised a Shoulder

March 31, 2019

Multiple Graded stakes winner La Sardane, using today’s Grade 3 San Simeon at Santa Anita as a prep for Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Distaff mile on the Kentucky Derby undercard, was unable to avoid a horse that fell directly in front of her after the field crossed the dirt path. ... More

Team Valor Shakes off 2YO Sales Rust to Buy $600,000 Juvenile Colt
Jessica Berry Lands Well-bred, Well-conformed Colt on One Bid
Grey from First Crop of Constitution (G1 Florida Derby/G1 Donn)

March 29, 2019

On one well-timed $600,000 bid from Jessica Berry taking a cue on her cell phone from Barry Irwin, Team Valor was successful in landing the only horse it tried to buy at Wednesday’s boutique sale of 2-year-olds in training conducted by Fasig-Tipton Co. at Gulfstream Park. ... More

First Premio Wins $120,000 Fair Grounds Stakes Off 6-Month Respite
Team Valor Horse Romps by 3¼ Lengths to Earn $75,000 First Prize
Brian Hernandez Rides Turf Winner for Super-Hot Trainer M. Casse

January 19, 2019

Team Valor International’s 5-year-old First Premio, making his first start in 6 months, roared down the Fair Grounds homestretch to score an emphatic 3¼-length triumph while being eased in the final 110 yards to win Saturday’s $120,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on the grass. ... More

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