Team Valor International Once Again At Top of Stakes Standings
Finishes 2013 In Usual Lead Among Public Partnerships
Ten Different Horses Scored In Stakes for TVI, Valor Ladies in '13

January 2, 2014

Team Valor International concluded 2013 in its usual position atop the standings for stakes wins among North American public partnerships. Team Valor collected 10 added-money wins in 2013 and sister stable Valor Ladies scored another to push the total to 11. ... More


Paulick Report Piece on Florida Case Wins Stan Bergstein Writing Award
Story Published Days Before 7-Month Probe Ended With Ban
Team Valor's Winning Prize of $25,000 Goes To Writer Ray Paulick

December 11, 2013

Team Valor International today honored a Paulick Report story on a drug violation at Tampa Bay Downs with the second annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program’s Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson. ... More


Juvenile Colt Orange Grove (GB) Syndicated in Less Than 2 Hours
Seven-Length All Weather English Maiden Winner Headed to U.S.
Big Chestnut Has Similarities to Grade 1 Scorer Gitano Hernando

December 3, 2013

Orange Grove, a tall chestnut that reminds Team Valor of its Grade 1 Santa Anita hero Gitano Hernando, was sold out in less than 2 hours yesterday afternoon when offered by the stable. The robust son of French Derby winner Hernando broke his maiden on November 15 at Wolverhampton on the all weather surface like a colt with a future. ... More


Frank Stronach Supports Elimination of Raceday Drugs in Racing
Owner-Breeder-Racetrack Owner Supports Efforts of WHOA
Hay Oats And Water Alliance Solidly Behind Nationwide Drug Ban

December 3, 2013

Frank Stronach has come out in support of a ban on race day medication as proposed in legislation before congress that was spearheaded by efforts from the Kentucky-based WHOA (Hay Oats and Water Alliance). ... More


Two of Three Breeders' Cup Runners Fire Big Shots at Santa Anita,
Track Conditions Worked Against Brujo de Olleros, Mexikoma,
Team Valor Will Only Return To Santa Anita Dirt With A Speed Horse

November 4, 2013

Brujo de Olleros and Mexikoma both fired big races for trainer Rick Mettee in the Breeders’ Cup last weekend, despite not reaching the winner’s circle. Brujo de Olleros' third-place finish added to Team Valor's strong record in the championship event. ... More


Brujo de Olleros Leads Breeders' Cup Charge For Team Valor,
One of 1st To Join Mettee, Wizard Has Thrived In 2nd U.S. Season,
This Is Horse Racing Looks Into Stable's 3 Chances

October 30, 2013

From This Is Horse Racing, based a few furlongs from Fair Hill Training Center, comes the following in a story on Team Valor's contingent for the the Breeders' Cup: Trainer Rick Mettee calls Brujo de Olleros aggressive, which figures given the horse’s reputation ... More


Fact Sheet on Team Valor 2-Year-Olds Ahead of Breeders' Cup,
Profiles of Juvenile's Mexikoma, Juvenile Fillies Turf's Street Sailing,
Includes Videos of Workouts, Races From Recent Private Acquisitions

October 29, 2013

Get to know Team Valor 2-year-olds Mexikoma and Street Sailing before they race in the Breeders' Cup World Championships on November 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park. More


Fact Sheet on Brujo de Olleros Leading Up To Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile,
Profile of Import From Uruguay For Team Valor, Richard Santulli,
Includes Videos of Workouts, Races From Rick Mettee Trainee

October 28, 2013

Get to know Brujo de Olleros ahead of his start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on November 1 at Santa Anita Park. More


'Brujo,' Mexikoma and Street Sailing Have Breeders' Cup Berths,
All Three Assured of Spots in Races on November 1 and 2,
Garcia Will Guide Trio for Team Valor's Private Trainer Rick Mettee

October 25, 2013

Team Valor International will equal its biggest brigade for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships when Brujo de Olleros, Mexikoma and Street Sailing represent the stable on November 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park. More


Ray Paulick Will Be Featured Speaker At Bergstein Award Event,
Publisher of Paulick Report Could Pull Double Duty on Dec. 11,
Publication Deadline Approaching For $25,000 Prize

October 15, 2013

Ray Paulick, publisher of the Paulick Report, will be a featured speaker in the second annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award presentation on December 11 in Tucson, Arizona. Paulick was a finalist for the inaugural award last year and has 3 story nominations in 2013. More


Interview With First Recipient of Team Valor's John Velazquez Scholarship,
Andre Stock Juggles Loads at University of Louisville, Racetrack,
Race For Education Oversees Scholarship for a Hispanic Student

October 14, 2013

From Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal comes the following story on Andre G. Stock, the first recipient of the John Velazquez Scholarship, which was instituted by Barry and Kathleen Irwin and Team Valor International. More


TVI Prominent in TDN Feature Comparing Racing in U.S., Europe,
Stable Has Raced More Than 10 Stakes Winners in Europe,
Mares Bought in Europe Have Produced Champions, Derby Winners

October 5, 2013

Team Valor International is prominently featured throughout a Thoroughbred Daily News e-magazine feature focusing on racing schedules in the U.S. compared to Europe, where Barry Irwin has been successful acquiring horses for more than 30 years. More


Brujo de Olleros Stamps Ticket to Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile,
Wizard Continues Rise Against Top-Class Graydar in Kelso,
Import from Uruguay Proves Talent Under Trainer Rick Mettee

September 30, 2013

A year after Animal Kingdom finished second to Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile, Team Valor International will return to Santa Anita Park and look to do one better with Brujo de Olleros in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on November 1. More


Story on Tampa Bay Downs Violation Nominated For Bergstein Award,
Paulick's Piece Came Days Before 7-Month Probe Ended With Ban,
Publisher of Paulick Report Receives Third Nomination This Year

September 26, 2013

Ray Paulick’s persistent coverage of a drug violation at Tampa Bay Downs culminated in a story on September 18 that has been nominated for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award. More


Team Valor Buys First American-based 2yo Derby Colt in 4 Years,
Exciting Mexikoma Runs Nation's Fastest 2-Turn Dirt Figure of 2013,
Colt Flies :24 1/5 Final Quarter in 14 3/4-length Delaware Maiden Win

September 19, 2013

Team Valor International, for the first time since 2009, has bought a North American-based 2-year-old colt with Kentucky Derby aspirations. He was fully syndicated within 2 business days into interests of 10 and 5 percent. Mexikoma is a son of Birdstone, who won the 2004 Belmont Stakes. His grandsire Grindstone won the 1996 Kentucky Derby. More


Piece on Sudden Horse Deaths Nominated For Bergstein Award,
Ray Paulick Continues Probe Into Rash of Fatalities in California,
Clarifies The Status of a State Horse Racing Board Investigation

August 22, 2013

Team Valor International has nominated a Paulick Report story on the fallout from a rash of sudden horse deaths within one stable in Southern California for the second annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award. More


Brujo de Olleros Rolls To First U.S. Stakes Win in Carl Hanford S.,
'Wizard' From Uruguay Revitalized In Comeback Under Mettee,
Team Valor, Santulli Rewarded For Patience With 5-Year-Old

August 19, 2013

The real Brujo de Olleros made his presence felt in the United States on August 19 when the Uruguayan champion miler rolled to a 6 1/4-length win in the Carl Hanford Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park. More


Team Valor Prominent Player in Boutique Sale at Saratoga,
Only Buyer With 2 Horses Among Top 10 Prices,
Glowing Report Follows On Medaglia d'Oro Colt Savoy Stomp

August 8, 2013

Team Valor International returned to a familiar position of prominence in the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale earlier this week as the only buyer with two horses in the top 10 prices for the 2-day boutique auction. More


Blood-Horse Piece From West Virginia Nominated For Stan Bergstein Award,
Writer Frank Angst Details Faulty Investigation Into A Horse's Death,
Failure To Gather Key Potential Evidence Leads To Slap On Wrist

July 30, 2013

Team Valor International has nominated a Blood-Horse story on a faulty investigation into the death of a horse at Mountaineer Racetrack for the second annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award. More


Triple Threat Storms Home to Win Group 2 Eugene Adam Eased Up,
Homebred Puts Starting Gate Problems Behind Him in "Arc" Prep,
A. Fabre Wins Maisons-Laffitte Arc Pointer for Fourteenth Time

July 21, 2013

Barry Irwin and Gary Barber’s homebred 3-year-old Triple Threat showed he had learned his starting gate lessons well from California “horse whisperer” Monty Roberts by storming to an impressive 2-length win in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam today at Maisons-Laffitte. The manner in which he routinely handled the 10 furlongs and was eased down through the final sixteenth of a mile by Pierre Charles Boudot stamped the dark-coated French-bred as a legitimate candidate for the October 6 renewal of the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. More


Infinite Magic Game Winner of $200,000 American Derby in Chicago
More Than Ready Colt Stalks, Pounces, Leads, then Hangs Tough
English Import Wins Second Race of 2013 for his Team Valor Partners

July 13, 2013

Infinite Magic, under a heady ride from Channing Hill, scored a well deserved head victory Saturday in the historic American Derby going a mile and three-sixteenths on grass at Arlington Park racetrack. The Rick Mettee-trained 3-year-old broke extra sharp, was allowed to assume a contending position in second right behind the pacesetter and saved ground around the entire oval in the $200,000 Grade 3 fixture that is the second leg of the Mid American Triple. More


Black Elegance Dazzles in Listed Mantovani in Team Valor Bow,
Irish-Bred 2-Year-Old Filly Is Now Unbeaten From Both Her Starts,
Footstepsinthesand Filly En Route To Rick Mettee's Fair Hill Barn

June 30, 2013

Black Elegance, whose 4 ½-length San Siro maiden win was impressive enough to spur Team Valor International to buy her, won today’s Listed Premio Gino Mantovani with true panache over the same course and in the process establishing herself as a leading member of her generation in Italy. More


Six Stories From TDN Series Nominated For Stan Bergstein Award,
Finley, Goldberg and Marquardt Examined Drugs in U.S. Racing,
Each Installment Will Be Eligible For 2nd Annual Writing Prize

June 25, 2013

Team Valor International has nominated all 6 stories from a Thoroughbred Daily News series on drugs in horse racing for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award. More


"For a Horse of the World, a Finale in a Regal Race"
Animal Kingdom's Final Start Previewed by The New York Times

June 15, 2013

There is no denying that Animal Kingdom is a citizen of the world. His father was Brazilian and his mother German. He has won the most famous race in the United States, the Kentucky Derby, and the globe’s richest, the Dubai World Cup. His talent has united an international cast of horsemen: an English-born trainer, an Australian breeder, an Arab sheik and 20 American partners. More


Agra Gets Her Second Stakes Win In Easy Fashion Today in S.A.,
Cruises By 3 Lengths as 3 to 10 Favorite in Listed Milkwood,
Registers Team Valor's Third Black Type Win in June's First Week

June 7, 2013

Agra dominated a Listed race in South Africa today to land Team Valor's third stakes win in a week. More


The Animal Kingdom Story 'Reads Like a Hollywood Script',
America's Best Racing Catches Up With Star Before His Swan Song,
Home-Bred Has Made Most of Rare Second and Third Chances

June 7, 2013

From the America's Best Racing website comes the following feature on Animal Kingdom leading up to his Royal Ascot swan song: The story of Animal Kingdom reads like a Hollywood script, but even then it would be hard to believe. More


Cerro Prevails By a Head In Pimlico's Listed Canonero II S.,
Hometown Thriller for Partners Michael Phelps, Bob Bowman,
Sophomore Colt Also Posts Rick Mettee's 1st Win As TVI Trainer

June 1, 2013

Cerro nailed down a popular and determined victory in the Listed Canonero II Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday, prevailing by a head as the 3 to 5 favorite for Rick Mettee's first win as Team Valor's private trainer. More


Valor Red Delightful Winner of East Cape Oaks In South Africa,
Tiny Western Winter Filly Stays 10 Furlongs In Listed Race,
Career Finale Sends Well-Bred Filly Off To TVI Broodmare Band

May 31, 2013

Valor Red, in her career finale, thrilled her connections with a convincing 1 1/4-length victory at Fairview race course today to become a stakes winner of the East Cape Oaks. More


Valor Ladies Acquires Unbeaten French Juvenile Filly Nisharora,
Patient Miss Megan Jones Waits 10 Months Between Purchases,
Duel Winner Follows Stakes Winning, Grade 1 Filly Tuttipaesi

May 22, 2013

Megan Jones struck gold with her first Valor Ladies LLC runner Tuttipaesi, yet the Team Valor customer relations director waited 10 months before dipping a toe in the water for the second purchase. The wait ended over the weekend. More


John Velazquez To Be Reunited With Animal Kingdom at Ascot,
Winning Kentucky Derby Rider Will Breeze Champion in England
Experience Over Course and With Horse Seals Deal For Rider

April 26, 2013

John Velazquez will ride his Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom when the recent Dubai World Cup hero makes his career finale at the mid-June Royal Ascot meeting in England. More


Animal Kingdom Preparing For Headline Position at Royal Ascot,
Track Bills Him As 'Arguably the Highest-Profile Horse in World,'
Choices Are Queen Anne at Mile or Prince of Wales's at 10F

April 24, 2013

A royal stage and a starring role await Animal Kingdom for his potential racing farewell, as the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup hero has been nominated for the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes on June 18 and Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes on June 19 at Royal Ascot. More


Team Valor Reveals Judges For Stan Bergstein Writing Award,
Bill Plaschke, Billy Reed, Jeff Siegel, Ray Kerrison Make Up Panel,
Submissions Encouraged For Award With $25,000 Winning Prize

April 16, 2013

Team Valor International is pleased to announce Bill Plaschke, Billy Reed, Jeff Siegel and Ray Kerrison as the judges for the second annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award. More


Triple Threat Enters French Derby Picture with Group 3 Score,
Monsun Colt Misses Break, Easily Wins La Force at Lomgchamp,
Homebred Colt Wins Record-Tying Sixth La Force for Mon. Fabre

April 7, 2013

Triple Threat put himself squarely in the picture for the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club-French Derby, this afternoon with an impressive triumph in the Group 3 Prix La Force at Longchamp. One of a pair of Group winners on the card today sired by deceased Monsun, he races in Team Valor International CEO Barry Irwin’s personal silks. He was bred by Irwin in partnership with MGM CEO Gary Barber of Los Angeles, California. More


Rick Mettee Hired As Team Valor's Private Trainer, Effective May 1,
Graham Motion To Continue To Train Animal Kingdom,
Mettee Trained For Irwin Partnerships In Past, Guided Godolphin String

April 5, 2013

Team Valor International has hired Rick Mettee to train all of its North American-based racehorses, effective May 1. Graham Motion will continue to train Animal Kingdom. More


Could More Racing Challenges Await Animal Kingdom?,
Bloodstock Writer Looks At 'Exhilarating Ride' That Could Be Ahead,
Improving Form As He Ages 'Is Almost A Given' With His Pedigree

April 2, 2013

Frank Mitchell reports for the Paulick Report that he “who is tired of watching Animal Kingdom race is tired of sport.” More


Animal Kingdom Proves Dominant On World's Richest Stage,
Team Valor Home-Bred Crushes $10M Dubai World Cup,
After Long Road, Big Horse Matches Kentucky Derby Triumph,
Now 4th On All-Time Earnings List For U.S. Horses

March 30, 2013

In dominating the world’s richest race, Animal Kingdom cleared up any doubt of his sensational talent and punctuated one of the most unique profiles in American racing history. More


Crop Report Blossoms As Belmont S. Prospect In Rushaway,
Team Valor Unleashes Another Classic Colt At Turfway Park,
Sponsorship Pays Off As Big Colt Gains Stakes Win In 2nd U.S. Start

March 23, 2013

Crop Report was the latest Team Valor colt to rise to the occasion on the Turfway Polytrack, rallying from 10 lengths back early for an impressive win in Saturday’s $75,000 Rushaway Stakes, which happened to be sponsored by the stable for the first time. More


Team Valor To Present Stan Berstein Writing Award In Tucson,
Part of University of Arizona's Global Symposium On Racing & Gaming,
Bergstein Was Longtime Supporter of Race Track Industry Program

March 12, 2013

Team Valor International will present the second annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award at the 2013 Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming this December in Tucson under an agreement with the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program. More


Team Valor Families Share Racing Through Generations,
Katherine Dillon, 88, Peg Furey, 96, Helped Instill Sons' Passion,
Dave Dillon and Tom Furey Are Partners In Animal Kingdom

March 7, 2013

Beyond the horses, Team Valor International is blessed with strong human pedigrees that have linked a love for racing through multiple generations. Two of Animal Kingdom’s partners, Dave Dillon and Tom Furey, are prime examples. More


Michael Phelps, Bob Bowman Part of Team Valor Partnership,
Swimming Legends Have Kentucky Derby Prospect in Cerro,
Colt Scored By 2 Lengths At Gulfstream Park Today

January 26, 2013

After re-writing the Olympic record books for swimming, Michael Phelps and his long-time coach may have the Kentucky Derby in their sights with a 3-year-old colt named Cerro who won a race at Gulfstream Park on Saturday for Team Valor International. More


Team Valor Steps Up To Sponsor Turfway's Rushaway,
Support Allows Kentucky Track to Continue Triple Crown Prep,
Stable Swept Last Two Editions of Spiral Stakes on Same Card

January 24, 2013

Team Valor International, riding back-to-back wins in the Spiral Stakes on the road to the Kentucky Derby, has joined forces with Turfway Park to restore the Rushaway Stakes to the Spiral undercard on March 23. More


Partner James Leonard Scores Valuable Win in 2012 Contest,
North Carolina Resident Gains 5-Percent Interest in 2013 Prospect,
Team Valor Also Offers Quarterly Contests For Active Partners

January 11, 2013

James Leonard, a loyal supporter of Team Valor’s racing interests in South Africa, scored a valuable victory in the stable’s annual contest for active partners. More


Tuttipaesi Strikes As First American Runner For Valor Ladies,
Filly Glides To Clear Win In Ginger Brew Stakes at Gulfstream,
Italian Import Is Spot-On In First Start With Graham Motion,
Female Partnership Has 26 Members, Benefits Komen For The Cure

January 1, 2013

Tuttipaesi carried the Valor Ladies colors straight into the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle in a big splash for the filly and for the new female-focused partnership, appropriately enough on New Year’s Day. More



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