Animal Kingdom Returns to the Work Tab Saturday in Maryland,
Kentucky Derby Winner Goes Three-Eighths on Dirt at Fair Hill,
Team Valor Eyes $10-Million Dubai World Cup on March 31 in UAE

December 24, 2011

Team Valor International’s Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom had his first workout on the comeback trail for trainer Graham Motion under a bright blue sky on a crisp Saturday morning over the main dirt track at the Fair Hill training center near Elkton, Maryland. Going in company, Animal Kingdom breezed around the far turn on the one-mile oval and was timed in 38 seconds. ... More

Team Valor Encourages Support of Missouri Retirement Farm,
Renaissance Rescue Ranch Is Home To Three Former TVI Runners,
Non-Profit Organization Provides Safe Place For Ex-Racehorses

December 20, 2011

In the last year, Team Valor has donated three horses to Renaissance Rescue Ranch in Farmington, Missouri. Barry Irwin has been impressed in working with the mom-and-pop non-profit, and he would like to invite horse owners and lovers to join him this holiday season in supporting the organization. ... More

Juveniles in United States and South Africa Offer Hope for 2012,
Debutante Agra is "As Advertised" in Kenilworth Maiden Romp,
Howe Great Sparkles Over the Greensward at Gulfstream Park

December 17, 2011

Barry Irwin’s racing partnerships enjoyed their best season in 25 years of racing in 2011 and Team Valor International already is looking forward to a better one in 2012, based on the number of the stable’s promising 2-year-olds. Today in South Africa and Thursday in the United States, the stable sent out a pair of youngsters that figure to make their mark in a big way. ... More

Graham Motion Savoring Every Last Moment of Stellar 2011,
Team Valor Trainer Has Plenty To Look Forward To In January,
Animal Kingdom's Return, Up And Coming Colts On Deck For 2012

December 1, 2011

From Daily Racing Form: Graham Motion's 19th year as a trainer will go down as his finest to date. ... More

Team Valor Offers A Sample Of Insiders' Bulletin,
Rare Public Edition of Twice-Weekly Newsletter

December 1, 2011

The twice-weekly Insiders' Bulletin is Team Valor International's private newsletter for members of the stable. A special 32-page edition for December 1 is being made available to the public. ... More

Team Valor To Honor Stanley Bergstein With Writing Award,
Stable CEO Barry Irwin To Select Winner Of Annual $25,000 Prize,
Winner Will Reflect Honoree's 'No-Holds Barred Writing Style'

November 29, 2011

The Stanley Bergstein Writing Award has been instituted by Team Valor International in order to foster the type of writing engaged in by the recently deceased horse racing giant and author of hard-hitting racing journalism. ... More

Ebony Flyer Cruises by 3 at Kenilworth in Queen's Plate Prep,
Amazon Mare Skips Clear in Loaded Allowance Race on Sunday,
Snaith/Irwin to Decide on Whether She Needs One More Trial

November 27, 2011

Ebony Flyer cruised to a 3-length victory today over 7 1/2 furlongs in a race that looked more like a Grade 1 than an Kenilworth allowance prep for the Grade 1 Queen's Plate. The one-turn event was run at a slow tempo into a stiff headwind down the homestretch. Although the Amazon had the benefit of a debut run at 4 this season over the Durbanville bullring in October, she broke sluggishly today, being ahead of only one of her 5 rivals when the gates sprung open. Veteran reinsman Felix Coetzee, however, soon had the filly balanced, as she took up a wonderful position one horse width off the rail and right behind forwardly placed In Like Flynn. ... More

All-Time Earnings Record Broken for Barry Irwin Partnership,
Summer Soiree's $50,000 for Grade 1 Second puts Stable Over Top,
Team Valor Not Done in 2011 as Lucky Chappy Eyes Final Grade 1

November 25, 2011

The seasonal earnings record for Team Valor International was broken this evening when Summer Soiree ran second in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes, her $50,000 payday boosting Barry Irwin's stable of partnership owned runners to reach $3,916,429. The previous stable record was set in 2007. ... More

Churchill Exec, Resident Historian Supports Animal Kingdom,
John Asher Feels Strongly Title Belongs To Derby Winner,
Veteran Official Makes Eloquent Case In Louisville Paper

November 22, 2011

Churchill Downs Vice President of Communications John Asher: The Derby is not like winning the King's Bishop, the Haskell Invitational, the Swaps, the Travers, Preakness or Belmont. All of those are wonderful races, but there is only one Kentucky Derby and Animal Kingdom won it on the square. ... More

UAE National Paper Points to Animal Kingdom in World's Cup's Arc,
Derby Hero On Course to Bring American Flavor Back to Richest Race

November 17, 2011

The United Arab Emirates' national newspaper cited Animal Kingdom's scheduled Dubai World Cup bid in a story about the race for a series commemorating the UAE's 40th anniversary. ... More

Barry Irwin Featured In Weekly Thoroughbred Notebook Q & A,
Team Valor President Quizzed About Horses, Heroes, and Mementos

November 14, 2011

Barry Irwin, Team Valor's founder and president, was the subject of a weekly Q & A with a prominent member of the Thoroughbred industry. ... More

Graham Motion Discusses Animal Kingdom's Case For An Eclipse,
Trainer Feels Derby Winner Is Overlooked For Divisional Honors

November 14, 2011

Trainer Graham Motion outlined Animal Kingdom's credentials for champion 3-year-old male in a story from Mike Curry of Thoroughbred Times. ... More

Team Valor Sells Three High-Priced Mares at Keeneland Auction,
South African, German Mares Light Up Big Board

November 9, 2011

Team Valor International had a big day today at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, where three females sold for big balloons. ... More

Master Shade Becomes a New York Stakes Winner at "The Big A"
Italian Import is Stakes Winner Number 13 for Stable this Season,
Bought as Maiden Winner, She has Won 3 of 5 Races this Year in U.S.

November 6, 2011

Master Shade had to wait a week to have a chance to become a stakes winner after Belmont Park's Middle Stage Stakes was postponed last week due to inclement weather, but she earned black type today in the 1 1/16-mile event that was re-staged at Aqueduct. Master Shade became stakes winner number 13 this season for a Team Valor International runner and was winning stakes race number 17 for the Kentucky-based stable of partnership owned racehorses. ... More

Former Team Valor Mare Produces Breeders' Cup Classic Winner,
Drosselmeyer Adds $5-Million Race to Victory in Belmont Stakes,
Golden Ballet Swept Santa Anita's 3-Year-Old Filly Stakes in 2001

November 5, 2011

Drosselmeyer, winner of today's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic, was produced by former Team Valor runner Golden Ballet. Team Valor bought Golden Ballet as a 2-year-old filly just after she broke her maiden in taking a sprint stakes at Hollywood Park. Barry Irwin said "When I saw her, my first thought was 'Wow, she looks like a female Secretariat, and she's only a 2-year-old filly!" ... More

Pluck Recovering After Emergency Surgery For Twisted Colon,
Juvenile Turf Hero Was Rushed To Clinic on Thursday Afternoon,
Colt Stricken Hours Before Scheduled Comeback Race

November 4, 2011

Pluck, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner, underwent successful surgery on Thursday night at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, where he was rushed after exhibiting signs of colic a few hours before his scheduled return in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. ... More

Churchill Return An Emotional Experience For Motion,
Kentucky Derby Plaque Greets Trainer's Arrival For Breeders' Cup

November 3, 2011

When Graham Motion returned to the Churchill Downs backstretch with his five-horse contingent for this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships, the 47-year-old trainer noticed a new adornment tacked outside the entrance to Barn 22: a colorful plaque commemorating Animal Kingdom's victory in the Kentucky Derby last May. ... More

Team Valor Takes Big Lead Into Prominent Days at Churchill,
Stable Running Away With Syndicate Race Ahead of Breeders' Cup,
Changingoftheguard Lifts Stakes Win Clip in 2011 to 21 Percent

October 28, 2011

Heading toward the home stretch that features next week's Breeders' Cup World Championships, Team Valor International continues to at least double the next highest totals among public racing syndicates in the key stakes categories for 2011. ... More

Pluck To Resurface On Familiar Turf On November 3,
Juvenile Turf Winner Targets Churchill's G3 Commonwealth,
Julien Leparoux Has Mount For Colt's First Start Since April

October 26, 2011

Pluck will resume his racing career on November 3 in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes at Churchill Downs, the site of his victory in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Campaigned by Team Valor International and the Vinery, the son of More Than Ready has been out of action since April. ... More

Changingoftheguard Facile Winner of 3-Year-Old Debut Today,
Sophomore Wins Racing Association Stakes at Fairview Course,
Snaith Colt Legitimate Grade 1 Cape of Good Hope Derby Runner

October 21, 2011

Changingoftheguard, under an ultra cocky ride from jockey Richard Fourie, proved a hands down winner of the Racing Association Stakes today at Fairview race course in Port Elizabeth in South Africa for Team Valor International and partners. "Richard had ridden him in work, so he knew what he had underneath him today," said Jono Snaith. "That why he rode him with such utter confidence." ... More

Paulick Report Examines Another Standout Year For Team Valor,
Stable Is In Familiar Spot Atop Partnership Standings

October 20, 2011

With two Grade 1 winners in the United States, including Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, you'd think Team Valor International is having an extraordinary year. But the operation's CEO, Barry Irwin, called it "normal" with the exception of Animal Kingdom's Kentucky Derby victory. "It's on par with previous years," Irwin said, somewhat matter of factly. ... More

Massive Filly Ebony Flyer Returns to Races with Grade 3 Win,
Victory at Durbanville Marks Team Valor's 15th Stakes Win of Year

October 15, 2011

Ebony Flyer, the South African version of Black Caviar, showed she is back to her best with an emphatic victory in the Grade 3 Diana Stakes (1400m) at Durbanville in the Cape on Saturday. The big black filly returned after 280 days off, which included a wind operation, but although still a bit bulky, she was on her toes in the parade ring and appeared fit. ... More

Trainer Graham Motion Featured in Today's Wall Street Journal,
Team Valor's United Stakes-Based Conditioner from Fair Hill, MD.

October 15, 2011

From today's Wall Street Journal article "The Art of Teaching Horses to Fly" -- Graham Motion oversees 120 horses at his training facility in Fair Hill, Md, including this year's Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. His technique for cultivating a racing champion is to make sure the horses are as relaxed as possible. ... More

Q & A With Graham Motion From NTRA'S Thoroughbred Notebook

October 1, 2011

Graham Motion continues to be a prominent figure across all sorts of media platforms, from his monthly column in Thoroughbred Times or this lighthearted feature from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's weekly notebook. ... More

Team Valor Ready to Turn Page to Exciting October,
International Stable Has Large Group Lined Up For Major Races,
Brigantin, Possibly State of Play Lead Charge This Weekend

September 30, 2011

As the American racing season swings into crunch time this fall, Team Valor International is poised with a bevy of stakes engagements over the first few weeks of October. ... More

Team Valor will have 18 New 2-Year-Olds for 2012 Racing Season,
Stable Forms Group of Auction and Private Buys, and Home-Breds,
TVI Bred Derby Hero Animal Kingdom, Breeders' Cup Hero Pluck,
Interests Available in Colts & Fillies Both at Home and Abroad

September 24, 2011

Team Valor International, which has completed drafting new racing prospects at yearlings sales both domestically and abroad, will go into the 2012 racing season with 18 young prospects that will race at age 2 in the United States, Canada, Germany and France. Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of the international stable, said "This is a record number of juveniles for us to begin the season with and represents a reshaping of our stable to rely on our strengths. ... More

Harlan's Holiday Yearling Colt Bought by Team Valor Stable,
Powerful Stamp of Colt has "2-Year-Old Written All Over Him,"
Barry Irwin Looks at Him as an Early Developer Next Season at 2

September 20, 2011

Team Valor International today offers a yearling colt that Barry Irwin describes as being a prime prospect for racing early as a 2-year-old next season. "He's got 2-year-old written all over him," Irwin said. The yearling colt is by successful sire Harlan's Holiday, best in 4 stakes at 2 from 6 starts, and is out of a fast Saint Ballado stakes mare named Preach It that won 3 races and earned $120,839. ... More

Stormy Atlantic Yearling Colt is Offered by Team Valor Stable,
Barry Irwin Describes Him as an "Extraordinarily Easy Mover,"
Named Asunder, His 2YO Half-Sister Runs Next in G1 Going a Route

September 20, 2011

Team Valor International today offers a yearling colt that Barry Irwin describes in glowing terms as an "extraordinarily easy mover." Irwin says he has that "unmistakable fluidity of a born athlete." Team Valor's CEO said the colt reminds him of Political Ambition in his walk. "Horses like this, the naturally gifted athletes, move with an ease that is at once recognizable and singles them out as future stakes winners," Irwin said. ... More

Team Valor Doubling Next Highest Partnership in Key Stats,
Stable Is Tied For Overall Owner Lead in Graded Stakes,
Colt Earnings Record For Irwin Syndicate Could Fall By End of Month

September 16, 2011

As the racing schedule accelerates into the crucial fall season that culminates with the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Team Valor International is poised at the top of the leaderboard in several key owner categories. ... More

Animal Kingdom Adjusting Well To Exercise On Water Treadmill,
Kentucky Derby Winner Is Well-Behaved In New Daily Regimen,
Colt Has Taken Up Temporary Residence in Motion's Barn

September 13, 2011

Animal Kingdom has done well in his first few days of exercise on the water treadmill at Bruce Jackson's Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center, adjacent to the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland. ... More

Maryland Horse Industry Board Singles Out Graham Motion for Honor,
Team Valor's Primary Trainer Receives Touch of Class Award

September 7, 2011

In instituting an award "to recognize the outstanding achievements of Marylanders in the horse world," the Maryland Horse Industry Board looked to none other than Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion for its first recipient. ... More

Team Valor International Stats Show Stable as Leader in U.S.,
Kentucky Stable Tied with Repole for National Graded Leads,
Hasay's Stakes Win is Stable's 14th Black-Type Victory This Year

September 5, 2011

Home-bred 4-year-old filly Hasay, an internationalist born in Great Britain, raised in France and first raced in Germany, is the living embodiment of the global span of Team Valor International's reach. Today she became a stakes winner number 14 for the stable. Team Valor leading all of the public syndicates is nothing new, as it has been a normal feature of the stable's impact on the domestic scene year after year. ... More

Derby Winner Animal Kingdom Cleared to Resume Exercising,
Dr. Dean Richardson Pleased With X Rays 60 Days After Surgery,
Team Valor Home-Bred Will Be Pointed for Dubai World Cup

September 2, 2011

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom has been cleared to resume exercising, 60 days after he underwent season-ending surgery on his left leg. Dr. Dean Richardson of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center was pleased with follow-up X rays taken on Friday. . ... More

Team Valor's CEO Barry Irwin Represented by 75th Graded Winner,
State of Play Gets Kentucky-Based Syndicator an Historic Win,
Unraced Private 2YO Buy Wins G2 With Anticipation at Saratoga,
Team Valor is Tied with Repole Stable for North American Lead

September 2, 2011

When State of Play held off a determined charge from Optimizer to win Thursday's renewal of the $150,000 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga, the colt became the 75th individual Graded stakes winner to represent a partnership formed by Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of Kentucky-based Team Valor International. ... More

State of Play Strikes at Saratoga for Free Breeders' Cup Pass,
Private Purchase Unleashes Talent in Grade 2 With Anticipation,
Versatile War Front Colt Stretches Out With Grit and Style

September 2, 2011

Stepping up from a debut win at 5 1/2 furlongs, State of Play stretched out and led virtually every step of the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes on Thursday at Saratoga Race Course. The key element may have been the stride or two in the stretch when he lost lead. . ... More

Team Valor Offers Pluck's Yearling Half Sister Three Hearts,
Bay Is From Second Crop of Leading Freshman Sire Hat Trick,
Family Is Recognized Internationally as South Africa's Finest

August 31, 2011

Team Valor International is in a unique position to be able to offer a 50 percent interest in Three Hearts, the yearling half-sister to its 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Pluck and be able to offer terms on the bay filly, as the stable owns 60 percent of her dam Secret Heart. ... More

Daveron In Sharper Focus, From Thoroughbred Daily News
August 29, 2011

From Thoroughbred Daily News comes this in-depth look at Team Valor International's approach and success with horses from Germany, the latest chapter coming in a Grade 2 win from German-bred Daveron in the Ballston Spa at Saratoga. ... More

Daveron Remains Unbeaten in 2011 in Winning Saratoga Grade 2,
Team Valor Yearling Buy Continues to Improve as a 6-Year-Old,
German-Bred Relative of Animal Kingdom Wins the Ballston Spa

August 27, 2011

Daveron continued her amazing improvement with age today when she roared to a 1 ¾-length score in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga, a prestigious middle-distance fixture carrying prize money of $200,000. The 6-year-old mare remained unbeaten in 3 outings this season, winning her second Graded event in New York, as earlier this season she accounted for the Grade 3 Beaugay at Belmont Park and was coming off a similarly sharp victory in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial in Pennsylvania. ... More

Summer Soiree Lifts Barry Irwin to Grade 1 Milestone at Del Mar,
Filly Is 25th Individual Grade 1 winner for Irwin Partnerships,
Team Valor CEO Has Watched Over 36 Top-Level Wins in 25 Seasons

August 20, 2011

Barry Irwin achieved a significant milestone on August 20 when Summer Soiree prevailed in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. Irwin is in the midst of his 25th season syndicating and managing racehorses, and Summer Soiree is his 25th individual Grade 1 winner. ... More

Summer Soiree Rises to Elite Occasion in Del Mar Oaks,
War Front Filly Becomes 25th Grade 1 Winner for Irwin Syndicate,
In Del Mar Debut, Jockey Saez Delivers for Team Valor, Motion

August 20, 2011

Team Valor International acquired Summer Soiree with a view that she could develop into one of the top turf fillies in the nation, and she lived up to the projection on August 20 in scoring a Grade 1 victory in the $250,000 Del Mar Oaks. ... More

Bradley Weisbord Named Chief Operating Officer of Team Valor,
Wisconsin Grad Will Be Groomed to Run Day-to-Day Operations,
Barry Irwin Envisions Key Role for Former Zayat Manager

August 5, 2011

Bradley Weisbord has been hired by Barry Irwin as chief operating officer of Team Valor International. Weisbord spent the last 2 years as business/racing manager for leading owner Ahmed Zayat. Earlier he worked at Thoroughbred Daily News, which was established by his father, Barry Weisbord. ... More

From Blood-Horse magazine: Blue Chip Prospect
Team Valor Lands Rising Star with Addition of Bradley Weisbord,
Barry Irwin Feels Like He Has Hired a #1 Draft Pick

August 5, 2011

Barry Irwin, founder and chief executive officer of Team Valor International, could have counted on a trip to the back of the line for good fortune once he grasped the Kentucky Derby trophy for home-bred Animal Kingdom. ... More

Team Valor International Reaches Double Digits in Stakes Wins,
Kentucky-Based Stable Widens Lead in Partnership Standings,
On Top of Derby Triumph, Outfit Is Winning at an Excellent 21% Clip

August 5, 2011

Team Valor racked up its 10th stakes win of 2011 last week in South Africa. The crimson and green crew has more than twice as many stakes wins as any other stable of syndicated horses. . ... More

My Kazzie Finishes Her South African Career as a Stakes Winner,
Team Valor Yearling Buy Takes Listed East Cape Paddock Stakes,
Twice Grade 1 Placed at 2, She had 4 Wins for 3 Different Trainers

July 29, 2011

My Kazzie closed out her 4-year-old season and, likely her racing career, today with a stakes score in the East Cape Breeders' Paddock Stakes, a Listed black-type event over a mile at Arlington in South Africa. The Western Winter filly actually finished a neck behind the first-place finisher, however, she was put up following an inquiry, which was precipitated by Generous Anna sawing off the eventual winner in mid-stretch. ... More

State of Play Strikes on Saratoga Turf in Impressive Debut,
Private Purchase Yields Clear Win in Meet's First 2YO Grass Race,
Team Valor Off to Bullish Start with Two Straight Wins at Spa

July 28, 2011

State of Play was all business in a striking debut on Wednesday afternoon in the first 2-year-old turf race of the prestigious Saratoga meet. The handsome War Front colt kicked away powerfully to score by 2 1/2 lengths under jockey Ramon Dominguez, completing 5 1/2 furlongs in a sharp 1:02.99 on firm ground. ... More

Animal Kingdom's Surgery Goes Smoothly at New Bolton Center,
Derby Winner Given Strong Chance to Return at Highest Level,
90-Day Recovery Begins at Fair Hill with Few Weeks of Stall Rest

July 7, 2011

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom has come through surgery on June 30 in good order, reports Barry Irwin, CEO of Team Valor International. Dr. Dean Richardson performed the operation that required two screws to be inserted to compress a hairline slab fracture that was discovered with a CAT scan. ... More

Daveron Explodes to Win $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes,
German Mare Runs Within Four-Hundredths of 17yo Course Mark,
Barry Irwin Yearling Buy Hitting Her Best Stride as 6-Year-Old

July 4, 2011

Daveron ran what Barry Irwin referred to as the "first fully realized race of her career" when she split rivals entering the stretch at Parx Racing, exploded once she changed leads in the lane and roared to a 2 ¼-length victory in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes. ... More

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Hero Pluck Returning to Training,
Dr. Bramlage Gives Green Light Following Radiograph Review

June 27, 2011

Team Valor International and The Vinery's Pluck, who won last year's Breeder's Cup Juvenile Turf, will be returned to training tomorrow, after Dr. Larry Bramlage gave the green light to trainer Graham Motion. ... More

Summer Soiree Romps at Jersey Shore in Grade 3 Boiling Springs,
Filly Goes on 8 ½-Length Spree at Monmouth in Her Grass Debut,
Del Mar Oaks and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup are Possible

June 25, 2011

Summer Soiree, making her first start on grass, blew away her field today in the Grade 3 Boiling Spring Stakes at Monmouth Park, pulling away to post a stunningly impressive 8 ½-length score in the $150,000 fixture. ... More

Brigantin Flies Home Gallant Third in Gold Cup at Royal Ascot,
Team Valor Homebred May Head Down Under to Melbourne Cup,
Munros, Fureys and Touring Crew Witness Strong Performance

June 16, 2011

Team Valor International's homebred Brigantin jumped into the mix for Australia's premier race, the $6.3-million Melbourne Cup Handicap, when he overcame less-than-ideal ground conditions on June 15 and gutted out a third-place finish in the Gold Cup, the history-laden anchor of the elite Royal Ascot meet. ... More

Turf Writer Jeff Lowe Hired by Team Valor International Stable,
Thoroughbred Times Scrivener will be in Charge of All Media,
Award-Winning Turf Writer Starts Work on Day of "The Belmont"

June 11, 2011

Jeff Lowe has been hired by Team Valor International to handle media, it has been announced by Barry Irwin, who called the 33-year-old "the best young racing writer in America." Lowe has written for the Thoroughbred Times since 2002. ... More

Motovato Shows High Pluck in Winning Memorial Day Handicap,
Six-Year-Old Repulses Mambo Meister's Stretch-Long Challenge,
Marty Wolfson/Barry Eisaman Combine for a Brilliant Comeback

May 30, 2011

Motovato staved off a stretch-long bid from old nemesis Mambo Meister on the outside and youngster Jackson Bend on the rail to gut out a victory Monday in the $75,000 Memorial Day Handicap at Calder. Motovato completed an unlikely comeback, as he had been on the shelf for a year prior to returning earlier in the month to place in a sprint at Calder. ... More

Crimson China Up in Closing Strides To Snare Lamplighter Stakes,
Giant's Causeway Colt gets Ideal Prep for $600,000 Virginia Derby,
Graham Motion and Alan Garcia Combine for Another Stakes Win

May 28, 2011

Crimson China trailed all the way today in the Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth Park as the heavy 1 to 2 odds-on favorite, but his backers never had a moment's worry, even though the 3-year-old was last of 5 runners turning into the homestretch. Crimson China needed only 100 yards to put away his field. ... More

Animal Kingdom Eyes Championship 3YO Honors in Belmont Stakes,
Kentucky Derby Winner Ran a Huge Second in Preakness Stakes

May 26, 2011

Animal Kingdom lost the Preakness Stakes at the break through no fault of his own and turned in a visually impressive display of talent and courage to get to within a half-length of Shackleford at the end of the second jewel in Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. ... More

Brigantin on His Way to Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup After French Win,
Team Valor Home-Bred Wins Group 2 Vicomtesse Vigier in Paris,
Cozzene Colt Makes All for Trainer Andre Fabre at Longchamp

May 22, 2011

Team Valor International home-bred Brigantin punched his ticket for next month's famed Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup at the Royal Ascot meeting in England with a gutsy nose victory at Longchamp in Paris in the Group 2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier. ... More

Animal Kingdom Takes the 137th Running of the Kentucky Derby,
Team Valor International's Home-Bred Draws Off by 2 3/4 Lengths,
Twenty Partners Realize Their Lifetime Dream as Sports People
Animal Kingdom is Voted Top 3-Year-Old Colt in the United States,
Nineteen Turf Writers in Poll Make AK their Unanimous Selection

May 9, 2011

A collection of news articles recapping the sensational victory in the 137th Kentucky Derby by Team Valor International's home-bred colt Animal Kingdom. ... More

Kentucky Derby Winner Animal Kingdom Now has Facebook Page
May 9, 2011

Team Valor International launched a FaceBook page today for their impressive Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. The stable plans to use the site to share photographs of the colt and post useful news and information regarding the Grade 1 winning son of Leroidesanimaux. ... More

Animal Kingdom Bio, Facts, Notes from Team Valor International,
Profiles, Chronology of the Major Players in Animal Kingdom

May 2, 2011

In an effort to assist the media in the hectic week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, Barry Irwin has brought together all the pertinent information that is generally asked for by members of the press, and by fans, regarding Derby-bound horses. Here's the background on Animal Kingdom. ... More

Animal Kingdom Confirmed as Entrant for the Kentucky Derby,
Team Valor's Homebred Colt Works Supremely Well for Roses,
Graham Motion and Robby Albarado Both Impressed with Move

April 30, 2011

Animal Kingdom qualified for a stall in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby by earning $285,000 in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes last month, but today he convinced his connections that he was a viable prospect, when he showed that he was able to act on a dirt track in his first breeze on a dirt surface since the spring of his juvenile season. In 4 career outings - 2 last season and 2 this season - Animal Kingdom had run 3 times on an all-weather surface and once on turf. ... More

Pluck Out 60 Days with Cannon Bone Bruising,
Colt will Rehab at Team Valor's Fair Hill Barn

April 12, 2011

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck, who has disappointed in both of his starts this season at 3, will be turned out in a paddock for the next 60 days, as a result of bruising on both of his hind cannon bones. The More Than Ready colt underwent a complete lameness exam this morning at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Larry Bramlage said "He was lame on both hind legs. He has bone bruising on each cannon bone of his hind legs. The prognosis is favorable, as they will resolve with a break in training." ... More

Graham Motion Profiled by Steve Haskin for The Blood-Horse,
"Man In Motion" Highlight of Turf Writer's Sunday Racing Blog

April 3, 2011

It takes great training skills, good fortune, and exceptional horses to propel a trainer up to the ranks of America's elite. That rarified air is reserved for only a handful of horsemen. Graham Motion may not be up there with the likes of Pletcher, Baffert, Asmussen, Zito, and McLaughlin, but don't be surprised if he reaches that plateau in the near future. We can't think of any trainer whose stock is rising faster than the native of Cambridge, England. ... More

Kentucky Oaks-Bound Summer Soiree is Syndicated in One Day,
War Front Filly Romped by 10 ¾ Lengths in Grade 3 Bourbonette S.,
Graham Motion will Prepare Her for "Fillies Derby" in Kentucky

March 31, 2011

Team Valor International has bought last Saturday's runaway 10 ¾-length Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks winner Summer Soiree from Brereton C. Jones, his son Bret and Wahoo Partners LLC and will turn her over to Graham Motion. The new trainer, who trains all of Team Valor's American-based stock, will point the filly to the May 6 renewal of the Classic, Grade 1, $500,000 Kentucky Oaks the day before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs... More

Rommy Faversham Reviews the Pedigree of Animal Kingdom
March 31, 2011

From The Thoroughbred Times Today, comes this up-close look at the pedigree of Spiral Stakes winner Animal Kingdom ... More

Associated Press' Top Ten Kentucky Derby List
March 30, 2011

A weekend full of surprises at tracks in Louisiana, Kentucky and New Mexico has put the names of these 3-year-olds on the AP's latest Run to the Roses Top 10 list of Derby contenders. Pants On Fire (entering the Top Ten List at number 7), Animal Kingdom (number 9) and Twice the Appeal (number 10) ... More

Animal Kingdom Joins Pluck in Distinct Mix of Homebreds
March 30, 2011

Jeff Lowe, writing in The Thoroughbred Times Today: Barry Irwin's Team Valor International has tapped diverse sources for its racing stable for many years, perhaps most notably in the discovery of Zimbabwe sensation Ipi Tombe (Zim), by way of South Africa. A similarly wide-open breeding approach has yielded fireworks from a fairly small group of homebred three-year-olds ... More

Animal Kingdom to Test Churchill Dirt for Kentucky Derby Tilt
March 28, 2011

Mike Curry, writing in The Thoroughbred Times: Animal Kingdom closed from last to first to win the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) in his stakes debut on Saturday at Turfway Park, passing a class test and opening up the option of trying him on the dirt to see if he is a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) contender. More

Animal Kingdom Headed to Kentucky Derby After $500,000 Spiral,
Home-Bred Leroidesanimaux Colt Scores by 2 3/4 Lengths in Grade 3,
Graham Motion-Trained Colt Will Train at Keeneland for Classic

March 26, 2011

Animal Kingdom went from last to first and scored a decisive 2 ¾-length triumph in the $500,000 Spiral Stakes today at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky. The $285,000 in Graded earnings is enough to qualify him for the Kentucky Derby and his connections—trainer Graham Motion and owner/breeder Team Valor—will now determine if he has the dirt capabilities to go along with his prodigious stamina. More

Pluck Begins His Classic Campaign Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs,
Breeders' Cup Hero to Run a Mile on Grass in an Allowance Race,
Saturday's Race will Serve as Prep for a Grade 3 at Keeneland

March 9, 2011

Pluck will begin his 3-year-old season on Saturday under modest circumstances in an allowance race with a $27,000 purse at Tampa Bay Downs, passing on the $150,000, Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes the same afternoon at nearby Gulfstream Park. Post time for race number 7 is projected to be 3:20 p. m. Pluck has drawn the advantageous number 2 post position in a full field of 10 sophomores. More

On Her Toes Retired from Racing in the Republic of South Africa,
Grade 1 Winner at 2 and Grade 2 Guineas Winner at 3 Won 5 Outings,
Western Winter Mare will be Covered by Captain Al this Season

February 22, 2011

On Her Toes, dead-heat winner at 2 of the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship at the Scottsville race course in South Africa, has been retired from racing. She raced for the partnership of Team Valor International and Anant and Vanshree Singh. The Western Winter mare retires as the winner of 5 races in 14 outings, with 1 second and 1 third. More

Comtesse Dubois is First Valor 2YO Winner of 2011 in South Africa,
National Yearling Sale Buy Cruises Home by 2 ¼ as 3-to-5 Favorite,
Neil Bruss-Trained Filly Headed to Graded Races Next in Durban

February 19, 2011

Comtesse Dubois became Team Valor International's first 2-year-old winner in South Africa this season today when she absolutely cruised to a 2 ¼-length victory in the first race at Kenilworth race course in Cape Town. More

Pluck On Song for 3-Year-Old Debut on Keeneland's Opening Day,
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Hero is Training Well in So. Florida,
Irish or French Two Thousand Guineas is His 2011 Seasonal Goal

February 18, 2011

Pluck has been training well this winter at Palm Meadows for trainer Graham Motion and is on schedule for his major prep in advance of a trip to Ireland or France for the Irish Two Thousand Guineas at The Curragh or the French counterpart at Longchamp. Both races are contested over a mile on grass in May and as the races near, Team Valor will make a decision as to which of the Classics the homebred son of More Than Ready will contest. His major prep will be the Grade 3 Transylvania on Keeneland's opening day on April 8 in Lexington. More

Crimson China Flies Home to Win his United States and Turf Debut,
Triple Crown Prospect Eying $500,000 Spiral in March at Turfway,
Giant's Causeway 3yo Impresses Graham Motion and Rajiv Maragh

February 16, 2011

Team Valor International's Crimson China injected himself right into the Triple Crown conversation today when he used a relentless late stretch kick to fashion an improbable victory at Gulfstream Park for trainer Graham Motion and jockey Rajiv Maragh. Making both his United States and grass debut, the import showed more early interest than in either of his all-weather races in England at 2, as he saved ground from his number 1 draw, racing about 6 or 7 lengths off the pace. More

Team Valor Contingent Departs for Royal Ascot Meet in June,
Trip Costs and Firm Itinerary Released for English Expedition,
Non-partners also Welcome to Join TVI on Trip!

February 15, 2011

Trip costs and itinerary have been set for Team Valor partners and prospective partners to attend Royal Ascot in June, Megan Jones announced Monday. Racing trips such as this one to the Royal Ascot meet have been instituted by Team Valor International in order to allow our partners and those considering joining a racing partnership the opportunity to learn more about the industry while socializing in an exciting International racing setting. More

Team Valor and Denali Stud Forming a New Strategic Alliance,
Bluegrass Farm and Sales Company Now Exclusive Agent for TVI
Barry Irwin and Craig and Holly Bandoroff Team Up in Kentucky

February 11, 2011

Barry Irwin's Team Valor and Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud have formed a strategic alliance this week in Kentucky that, among other things, will see the international racing stable using the bluegrass nursery and consignor as its exclusive boarding and sales agent. More

"Ribbons" is Irwin's 200th Partnership Stakes Horse in 25 Seasons
January 22, 2011

Ribbons for Thee ran second Saturday at Kenilworth in South Africa sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs in the Laisserfaire Stakes, to become runner 200 from 423 starters for a partnership formed by Barry Irwin in the last 25 years to win or place in a black-type race recognized by the International Cataloging Standards. Irwin has a 47-percent strike rate for stakes horses. More

Dubai World Cup 2011 - All systems go for Gitano Hernando
Gitano Hernando looks fantastic value ahead of the Dubai World Cup

January 21, 2011

Nick Wilby, writing at previews 2011 Dubai World Cup and in particular Team Valor International's five-year-old horse Gitano Hernando who was favored in the race last year. More

Sting Operation Stays Unbeaten in Swallow Stakes in So. Africa,
Team Valor and Markus Jooste Win with National Yearling Buy,
Trainer Charles Laird Saddles Stable's First 2011 Stakes Winner,
Stakes Winner Number 3 from 8 Yearlings in Crop Bought by Irwin

January 18, 2011

Sting Operation remained unbeaten from 2 starts at 3 with an easy-as-pie victory in the Swallow Stakes, a black-type event this evening at Turffontein race course in Johannesburg. In the process, she became the first stakes winner from the very first horse owned in partnership by Team Valor and leading South African owner Markus Jooste and the first stakes winner from the first runner trained for Team Valor by Charles Laird. More

Team Valor International 2010 Seasonal Wrap-Up of Its Statistics
Syndicate has Nearly Triple the Number of Stakes Wins as Runner-Up,
Barry Irwin is Unusually Optimistic About the Prospects for 2011

January 4, 2011

Each season for the past few years, Team Valor International has enjoyed so much success on the race courses of the world, Barry Irwin wonders how the Versailles-based racing stable can possibly do it again and steels his mind to adjust for an off year. But so far it has not happened. In fact, Irwin is optimistic about 2011. TVI in 2009 posted double the stakes victories of it's nearest competitor among public partnerships, and in 2010 improved to nearly triple the score of the runner-up. More

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