Arrowfield Acquires Majority Interest In Animal Kingdom's Breeding Rights,
Kentucky Derby Winner Will Begin Stud Career In Sept. 2013 In Australia,
Breeders' Cup Mile Runner-Up Remains Pointed to Dubai World Cup

December 14, 2012

John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud has acquired a majority interest in the breeding rights to Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and Champion 3YO Male, who will begin his stud career in Australia next September and likely shuttle to the Northern Hemisphere beginning in 2014. More

Ebony Flyer Retired From Racing In South Africa,
Triple Grade 1 Winner Will Enter Quarantine Next Week,
Classic Heroine Set To Be Bred To Galileo

December 6, 2012

Ebony Flyer, who beat Horse of the Year Igugu in the Classic Cape Fillies Guineas, will enter quarantine next week in Cape Town and be shipped in May to Ireland for a Southern Hemisphere date next fall at Coolmore Stud with the world's leading sire Galileo.More

New York Times Piece On Veterinarians Wins First Stan Bergstein Award,
Story Examines Vets' Roles In Drug Use in American Racing,
Team Valor Donates $25,000 To Racing Testing and Medication Consortium

December 4, 2012

Team Valor International today honored a New York Times story on the role of veterinarians in the use of drugs in horse racing as the first winner of the Stan Bergstein Writing Award. More

Horse Racing Nation: Animal Kingdom Is The People's Choice,
Overwhelming Vote As Most Anticipated Older Horse for 2013

December 4, 2012

From Brian Zipse of Horse Racing Nation: With more than seven times as many votes as his nearest competition, it is clear that Animal Kingdom has captured the imagination of more race fans than anyone else in training. More

Summer Soiree Retired After 3rd-Place Finish in G1 Matriarch,
Fleet and Versatile G1 Winner Will Be Bred to Medaglia d'Oro,
Team Valor Will Offer Daughter of War Front Next November

November 27, 2012

Summer Soiree wrapped up her racing career by passing the $500,000 plateau and adding to her Grade 1 credentials with a third-place finish in the Matriarch Stakes on November 25 at Hollywood Park. More

America's Best Racing Marvels At Animal Kingdom's Comeback,
Story Includes A Slideshow of Colt's Entire Career

November 20, 2012

Mike Curry of America’s Best Racing writes that "crazy as it might sound, Animal Kingdom might be even better now than when he streaked past the finish line under the Twin Spires in the Kentucky Derby. Much better, in fact." ... More

Animal Kingdom Will Prep For World Cup on February 9 in Florida,
Champion Colt Will Use 9-Furlong Gulfstream Turf Handicap,
World Cup 50 Days Later For $10-million Is Derby Winner's Focus

November 14, 2012

Trainer Graham Motion developed a daring plan that almost landed his charge Animal Kingdom an historic victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile in the colt's first start in 259 days. Team Valor International CEO Barry Irwin termed the second-place finish to probable Horse of the Year Wise Dan "a great feat of horsemanship." ... More

America's Best Racing Extols Virtues of Partnerships,
Animal Kingdom Continues to Shine For Team Valor Group

November 5, 2012

From Mike Curry of America's Best Racing comes the following: Jumping into the sport of horse racing as an owner is a thrilling venture – they don’t call the Kentucky Derby (G1) “the most exciting two minutes in sports” for nothing – but owning a race horse can be a daunting proposition. Partnerships are a fantastic way to enjoy the thrill of racehorse ownership ... More

TVI Issues Final Automatic Nomination For Stan Bergstein Award,
Bunny Hinzman, 16, Acknowledged For Blog On Use of Lasix,
Inaugural Award Winner Will Be Announced On Dec. 4 in Kentucky

November 5, 2012

Team Valor International has issued a final automatic nomination for the inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award to Bunny Hinzman for her blog entry “The Lasix Debate” from October 26. ... More

Animal Kingdom Considered Unlikely Star At Breeders' Cup,
Setbacks, Stud Potential Do Not Deter Barry Irwin's Team Valor,
Rare Kentucky Derby To Remain In U.S. Racing's Spotlight

October 30, 2012

From Tom Pedulla of America's Best Racing comes the following: Of all the horses entered in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Monday, none was more improbable than Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1)-bound Animal Kingdom. ... More

Four Big Races To Highlight Team Valor's Remaining 2012 Slate,
Group 1 Races Set In California, France, England and Australia,
Animal Kingdom, Triple Threat, First Cornerstone and Brigantin,
Breeders' Cup, Criterium, Racing Post and Melbourne Cup

October 19, 2012

Team Valor International—heavy accent on the last world—is set to fire four big shots around the racing world in the 11-day period between October 27 and November 6. Each of the stars competing—namely Animal Kingdom, Triple Threat, First Cornerstone and Brigantin—is as live as live can be. ... More

Team Valor Yearling Buy Changingoftheguard wins Grade 3 Dash,
Changingoftheguard has Grade 1 Queen's Plate Mile on his Slate,
Partner Gaynor Rupert and Husband Johann Sponsor WFA Classic

October 14, 2012

Barry Irwin bought only one colt at the National Yearling Sale in South Africa three years ago and today he became Team Valor, Anant and Vanashree Singh, Gaynor Rupert and partners’ latest Graded stakes winner, when 9 to 1 Changingoftheguard took over at the furlong grounds, opened a lead and kept finding more to record a neck victory over previously once-beaten Champion colt King of Pain to win the Grade 3 Matchem Stakes. ... More

Animal Kingdom Will Return In Breeders' Cup Turf Mile,
Derby Winner Has Trained Brilliantly On Grass For Comeback,
Champion Colt Breezed Strong 5 Furlongs This Morning at Fair Hill

October 2, 2012

Animal Kingdom will return in the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Mile on the turf at Santa Anita Park on November 3 with a chance to become the first Kentucky Derby winner to go on to Breeders Cup glory since Unbridled in 1990. ... More

New York Times Report Nominated For Stanley Bergstein Award,
Investigative Series Reaches High Note With September 22 Piece

September 24, 2012

Team Valor International has issued an automatic nomination to a team of New York Times writers for the inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award, recognizing their September 22 piece on the role of veterinarians in the widespread use of drugs in horse racing. ... More

Animal Kingdom's Comeback Progress Monitored At Fair Hill,
Writer Joe Clancy Chronicles Mid-Atlantic Training Regimen,
Steeplechase Times Covers Graham Motion's Derby Hero

September 15, 2012

Animal Kingdom looked smooth and controlled. He could have gone faster, but didn’t need to. Graham Motion called the work part of a plan without aiming for a specific race, though the goal looms. ... More

First Cornerstone Definite For September 30 Beresford Stakes,
Trainer Andrew Oliver Elects To Wait, Run Colt Over A Mile,
Barry Irwin Will Be On Hand For Group 2 Test At The Curragh

September 11, 2012

As Andrew Oliver has convinced Barry Irwin to conclude First Cornerstone’s juvenile campaign with the October 27 renewal of the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy over a mile, he has chosen the September 30 running of the Group 2 Beresford Stakes going a mile instead of the 7-furlong National Stakes this weekend. ... More

Animal Kingdom Continues To Progress Toward Return This Fall,
Derby Winner Could Be Ready For A Race By Late October

September 7, 2012

David Grening of Daily Racing Form reports that champion Animal Kingdom could be ready to return to the races by late October or early November. ... More

First Cornerstone Prevails in Ireland's Group 2 Futurity Stakes,
Team Valor Rewarded Just Four Days After Buying Juvenile,
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Is On Radar For Son of Hurricane Run

August 26, 2012

First Cornerstone scored a Group 2 victory and flashed an abundance of promise for the future in winning Sunday's Futurity Stakes at The Curragh, four days after Team Valor International purchased the Irish-bred son of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Hurricane Run. ... More

Barry Irwin Featured In Latest Blood-Horse Talkin' Horses,
Fields Questions for 40 Minutes About Team Valor, Racing Issues

August 21, 2012

Barry Irwin answered a wide range of questions on August 21 on the popular Talkin' Horses podcast on the Blood-Horse website, addressing issues in racing to the continuing glow of Animal Kingdom's Kentucky Derby win and what guides him in buying horses for Team Valor International. ... More

Barry Irwin To Speak At White Horse Luncheon At Santa Anita,
Racetrack Chaplaincy's Event Honors Backstretch Workers,
Team Valor Chief Selected For Commitment To Equine Causes

August 10, 2012

Team Valor International founder and CEO Barry Irwin will be the featured speaker at the racetrack chaplaincy's annual White Horse Luncheon on November 1 at Santa Anita Park. ... More

Ebony Flyer Will Remain In Training As A 5-Year-Old In South Africa,
Scope Analysis Shows Throat Has Stabilized After Two Surgeries,
Trainer Snaith Expects To Bring Amazon Back Next January

August 8, 2012

Classic and multiple Grade 1 winner Ebony Flyer remains in training as a 5-year-old, it was revealed today by Barry Irwin, CEO of Team Valor International, who campaigns the Jet Master mare with Gaynor Rupert of Drakenstein Stud and Anant and Vanashree Singh of South Africa. ... More

Team Valor Honored As TOBA's Southern Region Owner of the Year,
Stable Is One of Four Finalists for National Owner of the Year,
Major Award Follows Eclipse Nomination For Outstanding Owner Last Winter

August 7, 2012

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association tracked Barry Irwin down in England to deliver the great news that Team Valor International has been selected as the organization's Southern Region Owner of the Year. ... More

Ebony Flyer Voted Two Championship Honors for 2011-2012 Season,
South African Amazon Handed Awards as Top Older Filly/Mare,
Cape Breeders/Western Province Racing Clubs Fete Grade 1 Hero

August 3, 2012

Ebony Flyer, who ended the 2011-2012 racing season in South Africa that ended on July 31 with Grade 1 victories going 6 furlongs and a mile, was honored this evening in ceremonies at a black-tie affair at Kenilworth race course in Cape Town, South Africa. ... More

Valor Ladies Offers the Top-Rated Italian 2-Year-Old Filly,
Tuttipaesi Fitting First Filly For Brand New Racing Partnership,
Group Is Restricted To Females, Filly Will Debut at Keeneland,
One Quarter of Net Profits Earmarked for Breast Cancer Cure

July 25, 2012

Valor Ladies LLC, the brainchild of Megan Jones, launches today with the offering of the juvenile filly Tuttipaesi (pronounced two tee pie A.Z.) which translated from the Italian means "all countries," a name that not only fittingly describes her own international pedigree, but the international outlook of its connections as well. ... More

Team Valor Shares Its Marketing and Communications Pledge,
Barry Irwin, Racing-Focused Staff Never Pester Potential Customers,
International Stable Lets Newcomers Learn, Decide At Own Pace

July 17, 2012

Team Valor International makes a pledge to potential new customers that it will never phone you without being invited to do so and will never hustle you to join one of our racing partnerships. . ... More

Howe Great Easily Accounts for Jersey Derby at Odds of 2 to 5,
Barry Irwin Home-Bred 3-Year-Old Wins Third Stakes this Year,
Son of Irwin's Former Stallion Hat Trick Eyes G2 Del Mar Derby

July 21, 2012

Team Valor International's 3-year-old colt Howe Great won today's Jersey Derby Stakes at Monmouth. It was the third stakes success in 2012 for the syndicated black colt, who was bred by Team Valor's CEO Barry Irwin. Dispatched at prohibitive odds of 2 to 5, Howe Great was ridden with supreme confidence by Joe Bravo. ... More

Barry Irwin Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee,
Advocate of Clean Racing Encourages Federal Enforcement

July 12, 2012

Barry Irwin called for federal intervention in his testimony on July 12 in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Senate commerce committee's hearing on medication and performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing. ... More

Gift Of Life is a Special Filly for a Special "Newcomers' Offering,"
Sire Kitten's Joy is Eclipse Award Winner on Turf and Top Stallion,
Dam had Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Hero Pluck as Her First Foal

June 27, 2012

Team Valor's policy is to offer new horses to its loyal customers first, then to other interested parties two days later. Horses on offer generally sell out quickly meaning those trying to get into a Team Valor partnership are usually shut out. But once a year, newcomers get a 48-hour head-start. This year, this lovely half-sister to Pluck has been selected to bring new owners into the stable. ... More

Animal Kingdom Is Back Galloping for Return to Racing,
Derby Winner Jogged for Month After 60 Days On Sidelines,
Went the Day Well Ready to Resume Work, Pointing to Jim Dandy

June 21, 2012

Animal Kingdom resumed galloping on Thursday morning at Fair Hill Training Center in Northern Maryland as he moves toward another comeback this fall, while stablemate Went the Day Well nears his first workout for a summer campaign. ... More

Times Picayune Report Nominated For Stanley Bergstein Award,
Piece On Rash of Drug Positives Is Third Automatic Nomination,
Team Valor Encourages Submissions For Its $25,000 Writing Honor

June 15, 2012

Team Valor International has issued an automatic nomination to New Orleans Times Picayune writer Bob Fortus for the inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award, recognizing his June 14 story on new testing methods that detected the use of a powerful and illegal drug in recent races in Louisiana. ... More

Team Valor Founder Barry Irwin is Racing's Syndicate King
June 6, 2012

Writer Terry Conway, in his article in a recent edition of the Pennsylvania Equestrian, tabs Barry Irwin as the undisputed leader among syndicators in the horse racing industry. ... More

Team Valor Continues to Lead Nation's Public Racing Syndicates,
Ebony Flyer Adds Second Grade 1 Victory in Current Campaign,
TVI Has 8 Stakes Victories, 9 Stakes Placings So Far During 2012

May 26, 2012

Barry Irwin’s Team Valor International, the perennial leader in stakes wins among North Americans public racing syndicates, continues to pace its peers in terms of stakes wins, stakes winners, Graded stakes wins, Grade 1 stakes wins and individual Graded stakes winners thus far in 2012. ... More

May 26, 2012

The divide between a true champion and a good horse was numerically illustrated by the length that separated the brilliant Ebony Flyer from her closest opponent in the R500 000 Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint run at Scottsville on Saturday. Justin Snaith’s Jet Master overcame the odds in dazzling style to win this prestigious title. ... More

Daily Racing Form: Went the Day Well Is Only Getting Better,
Cleaner May Be All Colt Needs In Preakness Stakes Saturday

May 13, 2012

By Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form comes the following: Went the Day Well has been playing catch up since he arrived in this country and was remanded to quarantine for nearly two weeks. He has certainly made up for lost time – he nearly gave his connections a second straight victory in the Kentucky Derby on May 5 – and he still appears to have plenty of upside ... More

Barry Irwin Establishes The Isaac Murphy Scholarship Award,
Team Valor Opts to Renew Support for The Race For Education,
Former Chairman of the Board Irwin Institutes a New Program,
Racing Partners to Donate 1 Percent of Earnings, TVI to Match

May 13, 2012

Barry Irwin was there at the start of The Race to Education, which is now celebrating its tenth year of providing college scholarships for the offspring of backstretch and farm workers. Irwin helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for The Race for Education, was honored with the Valedictorian Award and was elected to a position as chairman of the board of directors of the Lexington-based non-profit. He has now established a College Scholarship designed specifically to aid an African American student who will work in the equine indutry upon graduation. ... More

Brand New "Ownerview" Website is Launched by The Jockey Club,
Project is Part of Overall Initiative to Better Inform Owners,
Team Valor International Stands Out Among Racing Syndicates

May 12, 2012

The Jockey Club has launched a new website named OwnerView, aimed at informing racehorse owners and providing newcomers with a reference point to research potential involvement. The site can be accessed at ... More

Four Team Valor Partners Back For Encore At Churchill,
Castellano, Herrick, Pascarella, Zoldan Go For Derby Double,
Went the Day Well Has Barry Irwin's Team Valor In Rare Position

May 3, 2012

As tears well with each verse of “My Old Kentucky Home” at Churchill Downs on Saturday around 6:30 p.m., few in the crowd of 150,000 will feel the emotional weight of the Kentucky Derby quite like the team reliving the great opportunity that took them to the pinnacle of American racing 12 months ago. ... More

Kentucky Derby Hopeful Went The Day Well's Purchase Story,
Team Valor's Barry Irwin Tells Saga of How Colt Joined Stable,
Inquiring Minds Want to Know How B. Eye Made it Back to Derby

April 29, 2012

Went The Day Well has put 2012 Kentucky Derby winners Barry Irwin and his Team Valor International stable back in the Run for the Roses for a second consecutive season. Incredulous reporters want to know if it is luck or skill, and how Irwin landed upon a New York-bred in England that had the tools to make it into the Kentucky Derby, with what appears to be a fighting chance. ... More

Team Valor Partner Jim Gribbins Returns Home With Rosy Chance,
Went the Day Well Is First Derby Starter For Louisville Native

April 30, 2012

Team Valor partner Jim Gribbins grew up a few furlongs away from Churchill Downs and has his first Kentucky Derby chance with Went the Day Well. ... More

Team Valor Offers Sneak-Peak At Private Insiders' Bulletin,
Active Partners Receive Twice-Weekly Publication By Email,
Partners in Went the Day Well Featured in Pre-Derby Issue

April 27, 2012

A few times a year, Team Valor International offers an inside look at the twice-weekly private newsletter for its clients. Barry Irwin and Jeff Lowe write the Insiders' Bulletin, which in this issue includes a feature on several partners in Kentucky Derby hopeful Went the Day Well. ... More

Bruce Zoldan Lights Up First-Quarter Stakes Contest,
Ohio Partner Nails Tally of 7 Stakes Wins That Earned $538,849,
Active Partners Are Eligible for Quarterly, Year-End Contests

April 1, 2012

Fireworks king Bruce Zoldan was on fire as a soothsayer with his correct entry of 7 stakes wins in the Team Valor first quarter stakes contest for active partners. ... More

New York Times Report Nominated For Stanley Bergstein Award,
Investigative Report From March 25 Is Second Automatic Nominee,
Team Valor Encourages Submissions For $25,000 Honor

March 18, 2012

Team Valor International has issued an automatic nomination to a team of New York Times writers for the inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award, recognizing a March 25 story that took Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing to task for equine fatalities and doping. ... More

Went the Day Well Responds Very Well in Spiral Stakes Test,
English Import Grabs Spot in Kentucky Derby With Decisive G3 Win,
Deja Vu As Team Valor, Graham Motion Repeat in Turfway Prep

March 24, 2012

The day went very well for Team Valor International on March 23 as Went the Day Well emulated Animal Kingdom in running away with the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park and punching a ticket to the Kentucky Derby. ... More

Milestone 125th Stakes Winner for Barry Irwin Partnership Horse,
Syndicator Further Realizes Triumph in His 150th Graded Stakes,
B. Eye Reaches Standards with Went The Day Well in Kentucky,
Bluegrass Stable Wins Stakes with 6 Runners in Initial Quarter

March 24, 2012

Barry Irwin achieved two career milestones today: Went The Day Well became stakes winner number 125 to be syndicated and managed by the CEO of Kentucky-based Team Valor International and his victory in the $500,000, Grade 3 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes is Graded stakes win number 150. ... More

Lucky Chappy Profiled As Under the Radar Triple Crown Threat,
DRF: If Anyone Can Get This Horse To Derby, It Is TVI, Motion,
Writer Illman Says UAE Derby Looks Like Excellent Target

March 20, 2012

Daily Racing Form examines Lucky Chappy as an under-the-radar candidate for the Kentucky Derby. ... More

Start of A Stress Fracture Detected In Animal Kingdom's Ilium,
Derby Winner Should Be Able To Resume Full Training In 90 Days,
No Surgery Required For Team Valor International's Champion

March 14, 2012

A nuclear scan has pinpointed the start of a stress fracture in Animal Kingdom’s hind end that will not require surgery. . ... More

Lucky Chappy Lined Up For $2-million United Arab Emirates Derby,
Bay and Gray Colt Leaves on March 20, Alan Garcia to Ride,
Gutsy Competitor Finished Second By a Lip in Grade 3 on Tapeta

March 13, 2012

Team Valor International firmed up plans on Tuesday to send Lucky Chappy to Dubai for the $2-million United Arab Emirates Derby on March 31 at Meydan racecourse. ... More

Team Valor Sits Well Ahead of Pace From Record Season in 2011,
Six Stakes Wins in 2012, Compared to 1 at Same Point Last Year,
Stable Is Firing At 27.6 Percent Win Clip Through March 12

March 13, 2012

Team Valor International enjoyed a record season on the racetrack in 2011 but is already well ahead of that pace over the first ten weeks of 2012. ... More

Leg Issue Forces Animal Kingdom Out of Dubai World Cup,
Derby Winner Develops Lameness Over the Weekend at Palm Meadows,
Diagnostics Being Performed To Determine Severity of Injury

March 12, 2012

Animal Kingdom will miss his intended start in the Dubai World Cup after developing lameness in his left hind leg over the weekend at Palm Meadows Training Center. . ... More

Howe Great Makes Grade in Gulfstream's Palm Beach Stakes,
Home-bred Son of Hat Trick Strikes For 4th Consecutive Win,
Team Valor Collects Sixth Stakes Victory in Tenth Week of 2012

March 11, 2012

Howe Great completed a perfect winter at Gulfstream Park on Sunday and solidified his spot among the top 3-year-olds on turf in the United States. In connecting as the heavy favorite in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes for his fourth consecutive win, Team Valor International’s home-bred colt cleared a path to a high-profile opportunity on another surface this spring. . ... More

Team Valor Steals a March on Other Public Syndicates in 2012,
Kentucky Stable Out Winging with 5 Stakes Victories in 9 Weeks,
Irwin's Stable of Partnership-Owned Runners Perennial Leader

March 3, 2012

Barry Irwin’s Team Valor International, the perennial leader in stakes wins among North Americans public racing syndicates, has stolen a march on the competition and is already 3 wins clear of its nearest rival. Team Valor has already recorded 5 stakes victories, including one today in Kentucky with State of Play. ... More

State of Play Game Battaglia Stakes Winner Conceding 6 Pounds,
Team Valor Picks Up Right Where It Left Off in 2011 at Turfway,
War Front Likely to Return to Grass for Remainder of 3YO Year,
Kentucky Stable Wins Fifth Stakes Race in First 10 Weeks of Year

March 3, 2012

State of Play continued Team Valor International’s hot hand with 3-year-olds at Turfway Park today when he proved a determined winner of the Battaglia Memorial Handicap. Last spring, the Kentucky-based stable won the $500,000 Spiral Stakes with its budding star Animal Kingdom, who used the Grade 3 fixture as a springboard to a victory in the Classic, G1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. ... More

Triple Crown Hopeful Went The Day Well Breaks Maiden Well,
Team Valor Hopes to Win Prep to Qualify Him for Kentucky Derby,
Graham Motion-Trained Colt Wins on Dirt at Gulfstream Park,
English Import Strong on Main Track Like He will Get 1 ¼ Miles

March 3, 2012

Went The Day Well ran like the even-money choice he was today at Gulfstream Park, where he broke his maiden second time out on dirt and around two turns for Team Valor International and English resident Mark Ford. Team Valor’s Barry Irwin bought a majority interest from Ford last fall after the colt had finished a big second in his racing debut. ... More

Slaughter Story Nominated For Stanley Bergstein Award,
Ray Paulick Cited For January Exposé of Kelsey Lefever Case,
Team Valor Encourages Submissions for $25,000 Writing Honor

March 1, 2012

Team Valor International has issued an automatic nomination to Ray Paulick for the inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award, recognizing a January 16 story from the Paulick Report that exposed a Pennsylvania scam involving retired racehorses. ... More

Frank Deford, Bill Nack Among Judges for Stanley Bergstein Award,
Bill Christine, Richard Eng Also On Panel For First Writing Honor,
Team Valor International Is Accepting Entries for $25,000 Competition

February 23, 2012

Frank Deford, Bill Nack, Bill Christine and Richard Eng will serve as judges for Team Valor International’s inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award. ... More

Animal Kingdom Stars In White Hot Holiday Weekend For Team Valor,
Barry Irwin's Stable Scores 4 Wins In 6 Races, Nipped At Wire In Grade 3,
Roster Around the World Kicks Off 2012 With 30 Percent Strike Rate

February 20, 2012

In a late January wave, Team Valor bunched together 6 wins in 7 days. Barry Irwin’s international racing stable was right back at it over President’s Day weekend, as reigning Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom led a charge of 4 victories in 6 starts for the Team Valor roster, which has burst out of the gate with a 30 percent win clip over the first 7 weeks of 2012. ... More

Animal Kingdom Returns Impressively On Saturday at Gulfstream Park,
Champion Rumbles To Grass Allowance Win, Zeroes In On World Cup,
Final Sixteenth in :5 3/5 Caps First Victory Since Kentucky Derby

February 18, 2012

Kentucky Derby-winning champion Animal Kingdom, who had not raced since sustaining an injury in the Belmont Stakes last June, returned to action with a stylish display as the 3-5 favorite in Saturday's 5TH race at Gulfstream Park. ... More

Daily Racing Form: Animal Kingdom Looks As Good As Ever In Comeback,
Two Breezes At Palm Meadows On Tap Before Trip For World's Richest Race

February 18, 2012

The first word out of trainer Graham Motion’s mouth after his Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom cruised to an easy win launching his comeback in Saturday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park was “exhale.” For the rest of us, it was “Wow!” ... More

Team Valor Is A Central Part of CNBC Report on Racing Partnerships,
Animal Kingdom Partner Furey Describes His Kentucky Derby Experience

February 16, 2012

There are moments of grace, if we are lucky, in all our lives. Tom Furey’s came at the track. The time was May 7, 2011 at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky., aka the Kentucky Derby. Furey, a retired IBM exec, was a 5-percent owner, or partner, in Animal Kingdom, scheduled to race that day. ... More

Animal Kingdom Returning On Saturday In Gulfstream Allowance,
Motion Opts For Prep With 6-Week Spacing For World Cup,
Champ Will Go 1 1/16 Miles On Turf, Similar To 1st Start of 2011

February 15, 2012

Animal Kingdom will begin his 4-year-old season much like the launch to his Kentucky Derby triumph last year, as Graham Motion decided this morning to bring Team Valor International’s champion back in a turf allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Saturday instead of waiting a week for the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes. ... More

Team Valor International, Richard Santulli Buy South American Champion,
Son Of Wild Event Shattered 75-Year-Old Track Record in 1:33 1/5,
Graham Motion Will Train Colt Coming Off A Pair Of Track Record Triumphs

February 7, 2012

Team Valor International and Richard Santulli have purchased Champion South American miler Brujo de Olleros and will import the once-beaten Wild Event colt on February 20 from Uruguay. ... More

Team Valor International Off to Flying Start in 2012 in January,
Stable Leads Public Syndicates with 4 Stakes Victories this Month,
Kentucky-Based Partnership Stable has Won 5 of Last 7 Outings,
International Owner Wins Races on Three Different Continents

January 28, 2012

Team Valor International is off to a flying start with its international stable in the month of January, as just this week Barry Irwin’s stable of syndicated runners has won races on three different continents, namely North America, Europe and Africa. ... More

Ebony Flyer Back in Grade 1-Winning Form Taking The Majorca,
Amazon 4-Y-O Filly Powers to 1 ¾-Length Victory Over One Mile,
Change in Tactics Credited with Turning Big Filly Around

January 28, 2012

Team Valor International’s gigantic 4-year-old filly Ebony Flyer erased the memory of her first poor effort last time out in the Grade 1 Queen’s Plate by powering to an ultra-impressive victory today in the Grade 1 Majorca Stakes going a mile at Kenilworth race course in Cape Town, South Africa. ... More

Agra Scampers Home by Close to 4 Lengths in Her Stakes Debut,
Filly Beats 10 Including Colts in the Schweppes Summer Juvenile,
Team Valor Yearling Buy is First South African SW for Sire Trippi

January 28, 2012

Team Valor International’s Agra was not exactly a secret as the odds-on 2 to 5 favorite to make the Listed Schweppes Summer Juvenile Stakes her second win from as many outings. However, other than The Snaith Family, few racegoers today at Kenilworth were prepared to witness the utter disdain with which she dispatched her opposition in such effortless style, with a display of speed rarely witnessed by a lightly raced 2-year-old in such promising company. ... More

Home-Bred Howe Great Gives Team Valor's Barry Irwin Milestone,
Gulfstream Score is Stakes Victory 250 for an Irwin Partnership,
Kitten's Joy Stakes is Second Team Valor Stakes Triumph of Day

January 21, 2012

When home-bred Howe Great crossed under the wire 2 ½ lengths clear of stablemate Lucky Chappy giving Team Valor International a 1-2 finish in Gulfstream Park’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes, he provided his breeder Barry Irwin with his 250th victory in a stakes with a horse he had syndicated since 1987. ... More

Home-Bred Howe Great Airs in Gulfstream's Kitten's Joy Stakes,
Team Valor Sophomore Colts Run 1-2 in $100,000 Grass Feature,
Graham Motion Trainee Improves his Record to 3 Wins in 4 Outings,
Breeder Barry Irwin Bought Both 3-Year-Old Colt's Sire and Dam

January 21, 2012

Home-bred Howe Great led a 1-2 Team Valor International finish today in the featured Kitten’s Joy Stakes, a $100,000 stakes at Gulfstream Park for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the grass. ... More

Comtesse Dubois Last-to-First Neck Winner in Laisserfaire Stakes,
Barry Irwin Yearling Buy Tops Elders, Record Now 4 Wins in 8 Races,
Team Valor's Sprinter is Likely to be Imported to United States

January 21, 2012

Comtesse Dubois, facing older fillies and mares, surged from last to first under veteran reinsman Glen Hatt to win today’s Laisserfaire Stakes by a neck going 5 ½ furlongs on turf at Kenilworth race course. Her win marks the 249th stakes victory for the stable. ... More

Animal Kingdom Crowned Champion 3-Year-Old On Monday Night,
Derby Winner Reigns As First American Champion For Team Valor,
Mark Polivka Accepts Trophy at Eclipse Awards in Beverly Hills

January 16, 2012

Animal Kingdom’s Kentucky Derby triumph resonated as the deciding factor in the most dramatic category at the 41st Eclipse Awards ceremony on Monday night in Beverly Hills, as the Team Valor International home-bred prevailed as champion 3-year-old male of 2011. ... More

Animal Kingdom Moving Forward In Comeback At Fair Hill,
Derby Winner Breezed On Sunday For Third Time In 16 Days,
Trainer Motion Will Move Eclipse Finalist to Florida Soon

January 9, 2012

Daily Racing Form updated Animal Kingdom's comeback progress after a half-mile workout on Sunday at Fair Hill Training Center. ... More

Team Valor, Animal Kingdom Are Finalists For Eclipse Awards,
Three Finalists In Each Category For American Racing's Oscars,
Winners To Be Feted January 16 In Beverly Hills Ceremonies

January 5, 2012

Team Valor International and its home-bred Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom are both finalists for Eclipse Awards, the year-end honors for American racing that will be presented on January 16 in Beverly Hills, California. ... More

Team Valor Completes Unforgettable Racing Season in 2011,
American Roster Scores 44 Percent Of Its Wins in Stakes,
Overall Win Rate Around The World Is Strong 22 Percent

January 5, 2012

Team Valor International completed yet another record-breaking season in 2011, smashing the mark for earnings with combined gleanings of $3,978,167. ... More

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

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