Team Valor Completes One of Its Most Successful Racing Seasons
January 1, 2009

In the 22 racing seasons that Barry Irwin has raced horses in the partnership format, 2008 went down in the annals of the stable as one of its most successful years. Highlight among the achievements accomplished by Team Valor International was the 67 wins, which shattered the previous mark of 44, achieved twice in the past. But there were other records set that are worthy of mention.... More


Team Valor Reinstitutes Annual Contest Among Existing Clients,
Winner to Correctly Predict Number of Team Valor Wins in 2009,
First Prize is 5-Percent Ownership of Any Horse Syndicated in 2010

December 31, 2008

Let’s face it—times suck. Everybody could use a little pick me up right about now. So to facilitate a cheerier mood during the next racing season, Team Valor International will reinstitute a little contest we will call “Follow the Valor.” Admittedly, it sounded a tad better when Barry Irwin first dreamed up the contest while running the predecessor of Team Valor that was named Clover Racing Stables. So the contest’s original name of “Follow the Clover” had a better ring to it. But the thrust remains the same. More


Team Valor International Ends 2008 with Record Win Total of 67,
New Tally Obliterates Prior Standard by More than 50 Percent,
Grade 1-Winning Gypsy's Warning Eased Up Winner in South Africa,
Winning Strike Rate for the Year Closes with 20.12 Percent Mark

December 29, 2008

In the final race on the card at Turffontein on the last day of the racing in 2008 in Johannesburg, Team Valor International was represented by Gypsy’s Warning, who provided the stable with a seasonal record of 67 wins for the year. More


Team Valor International Scores Win Number 66 During This Year,
New Stable Record Bests Prior Win Tally by Startling 50 Percent,
Grade 1-Winning On Her Toes Fashions Record Win in Her 3YO Debut

December 28, 2008

On Her Toes made her 3-year-old debut a winning one this afternoon at Clairwood in Durban, South Africa and in the process provided Team Valor International with win number 66 on the season, a total of 22 wins greater than in any other year. More


Team Valor International Wins Its Record 60th Race this Season,
Trojan Accounts for a Stable Record in South African Victory,
Win by Yearling Buy Came Amid International Jockey Challenge

November 29, 2008

Team Valor International achieved a milestone 60th victory this season with the 4 ¼-length score by Trojan in a handicap at Turffontein this afternoon. In 2008, Team Valor has shattered its previous record of 44 wins in a single season. More


Four Grade 1 Races Spice Up Final Week of November for Stable,
Visionaire, Sailor's Cap, She's On Fire & Becrux at Racing's Acme,
Jo'burg, Gotham, Lalaland Highlights Valor's Internationalism

November 23, 2008

Team Valor International has live participants in four Grade 1 races in three of the world’s racing centers next weekend, when Visionaire, Sailor’s Cap, Becrux and She’s on Fire essay four of the most important races on the calendar in a global array of contests that underline the international nature of the Kentucky-based racing enterprise. More


Team Valor International Buys Irish 2yo Filly Winner Andalacia,
Todd Pletcher will Train Daughter of Coolmore Stud's Choisir,
Filly is Least Expensive British Horse Offered by Stable in Years

November 20, 2008

Team Valor International has acquired the Irish-based 2-year-old filly Andalacia, who overcame a tardy beginning in her debut last week when smartly accounting for a 7f Polytrack maiden at Dundalk. The stable bought a previous Dundalk maiden filly winner at 2 last season in Miss Singhsix, who has emerged as a Graded stakes winner in the making for Team Valor this season in Southern California. More


Team Valor to Offer Installment Sale of Some Equine Interests
Stable Successfully Brought In Newcomers with Scheme in 2007
Last Year Newcomers Bought into Winner of $600,000 Virginia G3

November 7, 2008

In a scheme that was beneficial to both the stable and a handful of new owners exactly a year ago, Team Valor International for a second year in a row will offer certain equine interests in partnerships on an installment basis. More


Captain's Lover will Run November 30 in Hollywood Park Grade 1,
Andre Fabre Readies for $500,000 Matriarch Under Weight for Age,
South African Champion to Join Todd Pletcher Barn after Race

October 14, 2008

Captain's Lover will launch a North American campaign on November 30 when French trainer Andre Fabre ships the South African Champion to Hollywood Park for the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes, reports Barry Irwin of Team Valor International. More


Tasha's Miracle First, Miss Singhsix Fourth in Grade 3 Ramser ‘Cap,
Team Valor has 11 Stakes Winners in 2008—All of Them Graded

October 11, 2008

Tasha’s Miracle courageously put away pace-setting Dawn Before Dawn and maintained a narrow lead in the final 70 yards of the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap to become the eleventh stakes winner of the season for Team Valor International. All 11 of the victors scored in at least one Graded fixture. More


Team Valor Achieves Its First-Ever 50-Win Season with Victory,
Stakes Winner Miller Time Scores in South Africa to Seal Deal,
Stable Hopes to Reach 60-Win Plateau Before 2008 is in the Books

October 10, 2008

When 4-year-old Miller Time crossed under the wire three-quarters of a length to the good in a handicap race at Arlington Park in South Africa on Friday afternoon, he allowed Team Valor International to achieve a milestone victory number 50, making it the first time that the Kentucky-based racing stable had won as many as half a century of contests in a single season. More


Team Valor Passes the $3-Million Plateau with Win by Fairbanks,
First-Ever 50-Win Season in Sight with 48 Wins Through Saturday,
Stable has Now Won 13 Stakes Races During Current Campaign,
All 10 of Stable's Stakes Winners in 2008 have Won Graded Stakes

September 29, 2008

Team Valor International, with the win by Fairbanks, increased its seasonal earnings to $3,183,234. The win, coupled with that of Chiquita earlier in the day, upped the number of tallies this year to 48 and put the stable 2 wins away from its first-ever 50-win season. More


Fairbanks Rolls to a 2 ¾-Length Victory in Hawthorne Gold Cup,
Grade 2 Triumph in $500,000 Race Ups Career Gleanings to $879,768,
Future up in the Air after Come-From-Behind Win Under Migliore

September 27, 2008

Fairbanks underlined his versatility by rallying from third place behind pace-setting Barcola to drive to a convincing 2 ¾-length victory today in the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup over 1 ¼ miles on the main track of the Chicagoland oval. More


King of the Roxy Retired from Racing with Earnings of $536,734,
Seven-Furlong Specialist Won Grade 2 Futurity and Hutcheson

September 24, 2008

Team Valor International's 4-year-old King of the Roxy has been retired from racing. A 7-furlong specialist, the well-muscled bay colt took the Grade 2 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park at 2 and the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park at 3. More


Captain's Lover Triumphant in French Debut Today at Longchamp,
Andre Fabre Conditions South African Champion to Grab Group 3,
Group 1 Prix de la Foret Next on Agenda for $27,000 Yearling Buy

September 7, 2008

Captain’s Lover swept to the fore with half a furlong remaining and pulled out a three-quarter length victory in the Group 3 Prix du Pin at Longchamp on Sunday in her first start outside of South Africa. She was sent off a tepid 9 to 2 favorite in the field of 10 runners in the 7-furlong trial for the Group 1 Prix de la Foret, which will be renewed on October 4 over the same distance and course. More


Visionaire will Skip Breeders' Cup Races at Santa Anita this Year,
Connections Reckon “There is no Suitable Race for Him" in Lineup,
Team Valor has Other Candidates for the Two-Day Championship

August 31, 2008

Visionaire, a stunning winner of the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga last week, will not be taken to the West Coast for the Breeders’ Cup, as his connections want to keep him “doing what he does best,” which they reckon are one-turn races over 7 and 8 furlong on dirt. More


Visionaire Closes Fast to Win Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga,
Grand Slam Colt Explodes Around the Turn Under Alan Garcia,
Team Valor/Vision Racing Chestnut Wins by 2 1/4 for Trainer Matz

August 23, 2008

Visionaire fashioned an improbable rally from some 20 lengths back to run away and hide from the best 3-year-old sprinters in North America in taking Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths at Saratoga. More


Team Valor and Partners Enjoy Historic Night in Johannesburg,
Captain's Lover and Russian Sage are Voted Champions at Age 3,
“Yearling Bargain” and "In-Training” Buys Garner Equus Awards

August 14, 2008

Team Valor International and partners’ Captain’s Lover and Russian Sage won Equus Awards in ceremonies this evening in Johannesburg. Captain’s Lover was voted the Champion Filly at 3 and Russian Sage the Champion Classic Colt at 3 in gaining status as the best runners of their generation in the Republic of South Africa. More


Fairbanks Bounces Back to his Best in 5 ¾-Length Saratoga Score,
Todd Pletcher Trainee Wires his Field in Duke of Magenta Stakes,
Team Valor Colt's 107 Beyer is hid Best Since 115 Figure Last Season

August 11, 2008

Fairbanks returned to his best form to score a facile, wire-to-wire victory in Saturday’s featured Saratoga race, the inaugural $111,750 Duke of Magenta Stakes, in which he was sent postward as the 8 to 5 favorite in a field of 7 older handicappers. More


Team Valor Buys 3 Fillies at Annual Saratoga Yearling Auction,
Storm Cat Half-Sister to Lil's Lad Top Filly on Bid of $1.5 Million,
Ghostzapper and More Than Ready Fillies Complete the Line Up,
Potential Tax Savings from Economic Stimulus Package are Big

August 7, 2008

Barry Irwin out-dueled Olin Gentry, representing the fledging but well-heeled Legends Racing group, to claim a Storm Cat yearling half-sister to Lil’s Lad on behalf of Team Valor International on a bid of $1.5 million, the highest price paid for any filly at Fasig-Tipton Company’s annual Saratoga summer yearling sale. More


Chiquita Lives up to Valor's Opinion in Scintillating Debut Triumph,
Western Winter Filly Wins Big Despite Cold Woodruff Barn,
Valor/The Singhs Now Have Three Top Chances for Guineas Glory

August 7, 2008

It took a while to get Chiquita into a race. The delayed start was well worth the wait, as Chiquita restored a bit of confidence to the Woodruff yard when she put in an electrifying move in the final quarter-mile to put away what appeared to be a strong field and win under wraps by 3 lengths in a 6-furlong maiden race on Wednesday in Durban at Clairwood. More


Team Valor has 4 Nominated to SAF Equivalent of Eclipse Awards
August 5, 2008

The 2007-2008 South African racing season ended July 31 and last weekend it was announced that Team Valor International had 4 individuals nominated for an Equus Award, which is South Africa’s equivalent to an Eclipse Award. Team Valor is the only owner with as many as 4 nominees. More


Team Valor Loads Up on Yearlings in Fasig-Tipton Buyers' Market,
Stable will Offer a Unique 6-Yearling (3 Colts, 3 Fillies) Package,
Uncle Sam to Allow Owners to Expense 100% of Purchase in 2008!

July 17, 2008

(SOLD OUT) Team Valor International did something it normally does not do in North America, which is buy a group of unraced horses and offer them in one package. But when stable owner Barry Irwin found not only quality but a rare buyers' market at this week's Fasig-Tipton Company's annual July sale of selected yearlings, he availed himself of an opportunity to land half a dozen top racing prospects. More


Home-Bred Sailor's Cap Romps by 6 3/4 in $600,000 Colonial Turf Cup,
J.J. Toner Saddles Distant View Colt for Grade 3 Tally in Virginia,
Colt Scores Win Number 13 for Team Valor in the Month of June

June 21, 2008

Sailor’s Cap, dispatched as the lukewarm 7 to 2 choice for Saturday’s $600,000 Turf Cup at Colonial Downs, turned a wide open affair into a romp, as he swooped to command shortly after entering the stretch and won by 6 ¾ lengths in a driving rain. More


She's On Fire Books Durban July Passage with Win Over the Colts,
Today Officially the Highest-Rated Filly or Mare in South Africa,
Marwing Opts to Ride Mare for Ormond Ferraris in Prestigious G1

June 17, 2008

She’s on Fire ran her eyeballs out on Saturday to reverse a decision with the 3yo Eddington in the Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap at Turffontein and in the process received the ultimate compliment as to her well being, when Weichong Marwing jumped off second-favorite Dancer’s Daughter to ride the Team Valor mare for his old boss Ormond Ferraris in the Grade 1 Durban July, the biggest race on the South African racing calendar, in the process causing shock waves to ripple throughout the Turf. More


Russian Sage Snares Grade 1 Daily News 2000 in Team Valor Debut,
Derby Hero Now is Clear Second Choice for Grade 1 Durban July,
Team Valor Wins Grade 1 Second Weekend in a Row in South Africa

June 7, 2008

Russian Sage made his Team Valor International debut a winning one when he mastered Galant Gagnant in the closing strides to capture the million-rand Daily News 2000 by a head on Saturday at Greyville race course in Durban, South Africa. More


Barry Irwin Addresses Key Issues Before Assembled Farm Managers,
Head of Team Valor Widely Applauded for Stance on Yearling Issues

June 5, 2008

Barry Irwin was invited to speak before the Farm Managers' Club at their monthly meeting on Wednesday evening, and was specifically instructed to "tell them what they need to hear." Transcript of the speech is available at this link. More


South African Derby Winner Russian Sage Bought by Team Valor,
J. Snaith Trains for Durban July, Daily News 2000 Prior to Export,
International Campaign that Includes Dubai and Europe Beckons

June 4, 2008

Team Valor International has put together an eclectic assemblage of racing partners from different countries to campaign Grade 1 Cape of Good Hope Derby winner Russian Sage, stable principal Barry Irwin announced today. More


On Her Toes Fashions Deadheat for Grade 1 Score in South Africa,
Juvenile Filly is National Yearling Sale Triumph for Barry Irwin,
Mike Azzie/Weichong Marwing Combine for Second 2008 Grade 1 Win

May 31, 2008

On Her Toes, in her third career outing, became a Grade 1 winner today when she came back on after momentarily losing command to post a dead-heat victory in the prestigious Allan Robertson Fillies Championship at Scottsdale race course in South Africa. More


Alexandra Rose Being Shipped to Australia on a Foal-Share Deal,
Team Valor/Van Heerden Mare will Visit Hussonet at Arrowfield,
Caesour Mare was Graded Stakes Winner in So Africa/California

May 27, 2008

Alexandra Rose, a Graded stakes winner in her native South Africa and North America, will be flown from Southern California to Australia next month where she will visit successful sire Hussonet. More


Stratos Voted Champion Older Filly/Mare in Johannesburg Area,
Jet Master Mare will be Part of Newly Formed Broodmare Band,
Team Valor was Among Three Stables up for "Owner of the Year"

May 10, 2008

Team Valor International’s 5-year-old mare Stratos, winner of three consecutive Graded stakes at Turffontein race course, was voted the Champion Older Female in award ceremonies presented by the Racing Association. The awards honored the best of the best to race this season on the Highveld. More


She's On Fire is Fine Second in South Africa's Richest Race of Year,
Jet Master Mare is only Distaffer in $463,000 Grade 1 on Saturday,
5-Year-Old is G1 Horse Number 50 Among Irwin-managed Runners

May 3, 2008

She's On Fire ran second in the GommaGomma Challenge on Saturday With a purse of $463,000, the Grade 1 is the richest race on the South African calendar. More


Visionaire in Post Position 8 for Saturday's 134th Kentucky Derby
First Valor Runner since The Deputy was the Second Fave in 2000,
TVI's Other Runner Captain Bodgit Lost by Head as Choice in 1997

May 2, 2008

Team Valor International and Vision Racing LLC's Visionaire was the first name drawn out of the box at 11 a.m. on Wednesday to earn his connections the first choice of post positions later that evening at the "draw". Trainer and owners conferred and settled on post position 8, the same post from which Barbaro emerged two years earlier. More


Team Valor International Decides to Retire Stratos from Racing,
Jet Master Mare Joins Commercial Broodmare Band being Formed,
Grade 1 Winner will have Her Yearlings Sold at the National Sale

April 8, 2008

Multiple stakes winner Stratos, who this season at Turffontein capped off a hat trick of Graded wins at Turffontein with a Grade 1 score in the Empress Club Stakes, has been retired to stud, it was announced by Barry Irwin, principal of Team Valor International. More


Team Valor's King of the Roxy Named Ohio-Bred Horse of the Year
March 30, 2008

Team Valor's Grade 2 winner King of the Roxy was named Ohio's Horse of the Year at the annual breeders' banquet held March 28 at historic Darby Dan Farm near Galloway Ohio. The good-looking bay also received a special recognition award as the leading money-earning Ohio-bred in 2007. More


She's On Fire Takes Grade 2 Gerald Rosenburg Stakes for Team Valor
Filly Follows in Legendary Footsteps of Stable's Mare Irridescence

March 29, 2008

She's On Fire ran off with the Grade 2 Gerald Rosenburg by nearly 9 lengths on Saturday, following in the legendary footsteps of the stable's famous mare Irridescence who won the same race in 2005, under the same jockey. More


Visionaire: Decision on Next Race to be Made Weekend after Next,
Kentucky Charter Flight Scheduled March 30 to Keeneland Track

March 22, 2008

A decision on Visionaire’s next start will be made after he has breezed next weekend. Michael Matz worked the colt a half-mile Friday and will breeze him five-eighths next weekend. The Team Valor International and Vision Racing LLC-owned colt flies from Fort Lauderdale to Lexington on March 30. “I want to see how the colt acts in those two breezes before recommending anything,” Matz told Barry Irwin this week. More


Visionaire has Returned in "Good Shape" from Grade 3 Gotham Win,
Matz Giving Him Some Easy Days, Will Watch Him Closely Next Week,
Blue Grass Most Likely for Next Race, But Illinois Derby Possible

March 14, 2008

Visionaire, advises trainer Michael Matz from his winter base at Palm Meadows training track near Boynton Beach, Florida, has returned in “good shape” from his weekend victory in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Next on the agenda for the chestnut son of Grand Slam is most likely the Blue Grass Stakes. More


Visionaire Headed to Kentucky Derby after Win in $250,000 Gotham,
Grand Slam Colt Rallies from Far Back to Take Grade 3 on Line,
Michael Matz Trainee Overcomes Speed Bias on Very Sloppy Strip

March 9, 2008

Visionaire overcame a pronounced bias against closers this afternoon over a sloppy surface on the speed-favoring Inner Dirt track at Aqueduct to punch his ticket for the Kentucky Derby by winning the $250,000 Gotham Stakes. More


Team Valor Announces 2008 South African Yearling Partnership Model
March 6, 2008

Team Valor International will form partnerships to buy yearlings at next month's sale in South Africa. They will begin racing in that nation and the good ones will find their way to the United States, Dubai and Europe. The stable has enjoyed unprecedented success in the initial few forays into these ventures. To read about the 2008 model and see a 12-minute video presentation, please review the full presentation. More


Team Valor So. African Racing Association's "Owner of the Week,"
The Stable Won with Both Stratos and On Her Toes Last Weekend

March 5, 2008

Top American owner Team Valor has become an integral part of the South African racing scene. Team kingpin Barry Irwin’s astute purchasing of locally bred horses has been a huge boost to the country’s breeding and racing industries – in terms of both revenue and profile. More


Stratos Triumphs in Grade 1 Empress Club Stakes in South Africa,
Owner, Jockey, Sire win Turffontein Fixture Second Year in a Row,
Trainer Mike Azzie, Jockey Weichong Marwing Nail de Kock on Wire

March 1, 2008

Stratos responded to late urgings from Champion jockey Weichong Marwing to surge in the shadow of the wire and claim the Grade 1 Empress Club Stakes on Saturday at Turffontein for third-generation trainer Mike Azzie. It was déjà vu all over again, as Team Valor International, Weichong Marwing and sire Jet Master joined together for a second consecutive year to nail down the Empress Club. More


Temair Scores by a Length as Favorite on Saturday in Cape Town,
First So. African 2yo Runner of 2008 Kicks Things Off for Stable,
Next Group of S. African Yearlings to be Bought in April by Irwin

February 16, 2008

Temair roared to the front inside the final furlong when given her head by Bernard Fayd’Herbe and won by a length on Saturday in Cape Town running 6 furlongs up the straight at Kenilworth race course for trainer Mike Bass. The daughter of Tara’s Halls was bought by Barry Irwin for $50,000 at the National Yearling Sale in May of 2007. More


Colina Verde Triumphant in U.S.A. Bow at Santa Anita on Monday,
First Brazilian Filly Triple Crown Winner in 29 Years Wins Handily,
Bejarano Guides Drysdale Protégé in First Win Since Fall of 2006

February 11, 2008

Colina Verde, the first to win Brazil’s Filly Triple Crown since her grandam turned the trick 29 years earlier, won her United States debut Monday at Santa Anita by an eased-down three-quarters of a length as the 4 to 5 favorite going a mile on grass. More


Californian Aron Wellman is Hired by Team Valor International,
Lawyer will be Groomed by Barry Irwin to Assist in Operations,
Horse-Crazed 30-Year Bought, Syndicated, Raced Valbenny

January 24, 2008

California native Aron Wellman, a 30-year-old attorney that Barry Irwin has known since he was playing T Ball, has joined Team Valor International. Although his entry title will be that of Racehorse Administrator, Wellman will be involved in all facets of the Team Valor operation. Barry Irwin said "Our stable has grown in number of racehorses and breeding stock and our client base has increased as well. More


Visionaire to Fly Team Valor International's Colors After Sale,
Kentucky-Based Stable Acquire's Majority Interest in 3yo Colt,
Matz Set to Continue to Train the Promising Son of Grand Slam

January 13, 2008

Barry Irwin did not let being in a different hemisphere stop Team Valor International from Acquiring a majority interest this week from Vision Sales LLC in its promising Grand Slam colt Visionaire, who slammed a field of other 3-year-olds by 5 1/2 lengths on opening day of the Gulfstream Park meeting. More


Alexandra Rose Takes Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap at Santa Anita,
Team Valor International/Juan Van Heerden Mare Wins Sprinting,
Stable Runs First and Third in $100,000 Grass Stakes Down the Hill

January 1, 2008

Alexandra Rose started the year off with a bang for her owner Team Valor International by storming to a three-quarter length victory on New Year’s Day in the Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap sprinting 6 ½ furlongs down the infield hillside turf course at Santa Anita. More



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