Near Miracle To Make Races, Speechify Becomes Graded Winner
Gelding Continues Rewarding Connections' Hard Work, Patience
Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Triumph Makes Him 5-For-6 In Dirt Sprints

December 27, 2014

Appropriate for his name, Speechify amplified a remarkable story on December 27 as he dismissed another challenge in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park. ... More

Millionaire Becrux Gets Spotlight From Paulick Report
Italian Import Was a Champion, G1 Winner on Track, Loves 2nd Job
Owner, Admirer Barry Irwin Found Role For Him Beyond Racing

December 10, 2014

[Becrux] was a stocky, gritty runner who gave Team Valor investors thrills again and again. That’s why when the horse’s form began to wane, managing partner Barry Irwin dug into his own pockets to purchase the horse outright and retire him to a slower pace of life. ... More

Homebred Three Hearts Scores in Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar
Joins Breeders' Cup Hero Pluck as Second Graded Winner for Dam
Comes 27 Years to Day After Neil Drysdale's First Big Win for Irwin

November 22, 2014

Team Valor International’s 4yo homebred filly Three Hearts, well positioned throughout by jockey Joe Talamo, dug deep down the homestretch of the Bing Crosby Turf Course to score a convincing upset at odds of 29 to 1 in the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap. She joins Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero Pluck as the second Graded winner for her dam Secret Heart. ... More

Euro Charline On Her Way Back Home To England,
Beverly D. Winner Is Ready to Resume Training With Marco Botti,
Five Weeks of Down Time Followed Season-Ending Minor Surgery

November 17, 2014

Euro Charline is on her way back home to England and to the care of trainer Marco Botti, a year to the date of her debut win at Wolverhampton, off the beaten path for a horse who would develop into the only 3-year-old to win Arlington Park’s Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes. ... More

Speechify Impressive 3 3/4-Length Winner of Kenny Noe Stakes,
Barry Irwin-Bought Keeneland Yearling Is Trained by Ralph Nicks,
Harlan's Holiday 4YO Has Only Lost One Main-Track Sprint To Date

November 16, 2014

Speechify is an amazingly talented horse that had been unable to show his true ability until Sunday when he put it all together at Gulfstream Park West in the $75,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Stakes. ... More

TDN Story On Synthetic Racetracks Wins Stan Bergstein Award,
Team Valor's Winning Prize of $25,000 Goes To Writer Marquardt,
Presented Friday in Luncheon at Thoroughbred Club of America

November 14, 2014

Team Valor International today honored writer Lucas Marquardt with the third annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award for his story in the Thoroughbred Daily News magazine on the introduction and growing departure of synthetic racetracks in the United States. ... More

TVI Presents Judges With 11 Finalists for Stan Bergstein Award,
Writing Honor Carries $25,000 Prize, To Be Presented Nov. 14,
The Paulick Report's Defending Winner Paulick Has 4 Candidates

November 6, 2014

Team Valor International presented 11 stories this week to judges who will select the winner of the 2014 Stan Bergstein Writing Award. The stories address a broad spectrum of racing topics, from drug issues to buzzers, a con man, racing surfaces, and trainer suspensions. ... More

Euro Charline To Return Home to England for 4YO Season,
Dubai Duty Free On Early Agenda for Beverly D. Winner,
After Minor Surgery Yesterday, Filly To Resume Training in Month

October 14, 2014

Beverly D. Stakes winner Euro Charline will return to trainer Marco Botti in England for a 4-year-old campaign that will include a bid for the $6-million Dubai Duty Free at Meydan racecourse. ... More

Finley Op/Ed On CHRB, O'Neill Nominated for Bergstein Writing Award,
Second Nomination This Year For Contributor to The TDN,
Only Few Weeks Remaining Before Publication Deadline for $25,000 Honor

October 13, 2014

Team Valor International has nominated a recent Op/Ed by Bill Finley in the Thoroughbred Daily News for the 2014 Stan Bergstein Writing Award. ... More

Ned Bonnie Keynote Speaker For Stan Bergstein Writing Award,
Team Valor's $25,000 Honor Will Be Presented On November 14,
November 1 Publication Deadline Approaching For Third Annual Award

October 6, 2014

Edward "Ned" Bonnie will deliver the keynote speech at the third annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award presentation in Lexington on November 14 at the Thoroughbred Club of America. "Ned has been at the forefront of the medication issue as long as anybody and his work has been admirable and important," said Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin. ... More

High-Priced 2YO Savoy Stomp Glides To Debut Win at Belmont,
Top Colt in Saratoga Sale Shrugs Off Rail Post Over 7 Furlongs,
Todd Pletcher Wins With His First Team Valor Runner Since Pluck

September 27, 2014

A standout yearling when purchased as the highest-priced colt in the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale, Savoy Stomp showed plenty of potential on the racetrack on September 27 when he cruised to a debut win on Belmont Park’s Super Saturday card. ... More

Panama Hat Most Improved Horse in Team Valor History,
Win Streak Ends But No Shame in Close Second at the Curragh,
Even In Defeat, 3YO Gelding Moves Forward Again, Up To 120 Timeform

September 14, 2014

Team Valor International has raced more than 130 stakes winners through the years but the horse who improved the most over the course of a season is Panama Hat, a 3-year-old who has yet to appear in a stakes race but has thrilled his connections in an incredible rise that continued on Sunday in the finale of Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh. ... More

Panama Hat Astounds Again With Fifth Straight Win in Ireland
New Surface, Different Style With Wide Trip, Same Result for 3yo
Continues To Progress By 'Leaps and Bounds,' Now At Stakes Level

August 17, 2014

In Panama Hat's stiffest challenge to date, he rose to the occasion with his most impressive performance, pouncing from just off the pace and a wide position throughout to win by daylight again, this time for a $69,000 pot on Polytrack under fill-in jockey Fran Berry. ... More

Euro Charline Ignites For Historic Grade 1 Win at Arlington Park
English Import Is First 3yo Filly To Prevail in $750,000 Beverly D.
Discovered At Low-Level Track, She Is Now Top-Rated Turf Female In U.S.

August 16, 2014

The region-specific name proved no barrier for Euro Charline, who emerged as an American star with a flair for history on August 16 when she surged to a ground-breaking victory in the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park near Chicago. ... More

Equine Advocates Honors Barry Irwin with Equine Savior Award

July 26, 2014

Citing Barry Irwin's leadership in the industry and staunch stance on banning drugs in the sport of horse racing, Equine Advocates has bestowed upon the Team Valor founder the prestigious "Equine Savior Award." ... More

Panama Hat Puts On An Amazing Show in Ireland: 3 Wins in a Week
Gelding Has Team Valor Gobsmacked With 4 In Row Since June 19
Andy Oliver Trainee Is Approaching Folk Hero Status

July 9, 2014

Team Valor International has enjoyed quite a unique ride with 3-year-old gelding Panama Hat in Ireland over a 20-day span in which he has dominated 4 consecutive handicap races, including 3 in one week. ... More

Paulick's Story On Oxford Downs Nominated For Stan Bergstein Writing Award
Convuluted Track Operating Under Loophole In Florida Rules
2013 Award Winner Exposes 'Mockery and Sham' of State and Sport

July 8, 2014

The depths of the loopholes in Florida’s racetrack regulatory system are exposed quite vividly in a Paulick Report glimpse of Quarter Horse racing at Oxford Downs that has been nominated for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award. ... More

Secret Heart, Dam of Breeders' Cup Hero for Team Valor, Dies At 15
Barry Irwin Imported The South Africa-Bred Mare in 2004
Her Graded Stakes Filly Three Hearts Is In Training For the Stable

July 5, 2014

Secret Heart, the dam of Breeders' Cup hero Pluck, was the ideal mare, says Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin, who brought her to America 10 years ago. ... More

Piece on Financial Impact of Drugs in Racing Nominated for Award
Bill Finley's TDN Op-Ed Up For Stan Bergstein Writing Honor
Starts Per Horse Down 38% In U.S. Since Lasix Became Rampant

July 1, 2014

Clear ties between permissive raceday medication in American racing and a major decline in average starts per horse are examined in a Thoroughbred Daily News column by Bill Finley that Team Valor has nominated for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award. ... More

Euro Charline Strong Third in Royal Ascot Group 1
Game Filly Lost Momentum Twice in Coronation, Beaten Less Than Length
Plucked From Small Track Over Winter, 3-Year-Old Now Headed For Saratoga

June 20, 2014

Euro Charline showed up on one racing’s biggest stages today, delivering a superb performance with a great deal of courage in a third-place finish at Royal Ascot in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. ... More

Equine Advocates To Present Barry Irwin With Award at Saratoga
Honor For His Work to Ban Race-Day Medication
'Passion for the Integrity of Our Sport Has Been Exemplary'

June 11, 2014

During the Saratoga meet this summer, Barry Irwin will be presented with the Equine Adcovates' Ellen and Herbert Moelis Equine Savior Award for his work to ban the use of race-day medications in horses. ... More

CNN Shines Light on Dave Dillon's Animal Kingdom Experience
'Nags To Riches' Points to Longtime Partner's Share in Champ
Chicago Hotel Controller Still Marveling At His Luck With TVI

May 27, 2014

Occasionally a relative pauper does manage to gatecrash the party every once in a while in horse racing. Take Team Valor partner Dave Dillon, who works as a hotel controller in Chicago -- and who's absolutely convinced of one thing."I make no bones about the being the luckiest guy alive," he volunteered within seconds of speaking to CNN. ... More

Xavier Aizpuru Embraces New Role as Assistant Trainer
Trusted Exercise Rider Is Key Member of Rick Mettee's Team
Leading Steeplechase Jock Will Oversee A Division at Saratoga

May 23, 2014

Xavier “Shav” Aizpuru, a key member of Rick Mettee’s team for more than a year now, has been promoted to assistant trainer, a position that reflects his important place in the organization. ... More Grandma's Hands Carries Off Finale
May 14, 2014

Grandma's Hands, who displayed enough to warrant a rating of 79 in three starts at two, showed herself to have trained on very well when making light of a 211 day absence in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Naas. Chris Hayes was never far away in the famous Team Valour silks as Grandma's Hands became the second chestnut daughter of Teofilo to score on the evening, following on from Tarfasha in the Blue Wind Stakes. ... More

Team Valor Nominates Former Jock's Story For Bergstein Award
Rev. Eddie Donnally Writes Confession, Prescription On Buzzers
After Murky Allegations, Paulick Report Piece Goes Deep

May 13, 2014

Use of illegal electrical devices in American horse racing was a damning part of recent undercover video distributed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, but there was little specific information presented along with the anecdotes from several horsemen who were secretly being filmed. ... More

South Africa: Team Valor Major Player in National Yearling Sale
Barry Irwin Huge Impact in Sale as Breeder, Buyer, Seller
Team Valor Has Top Selling Filly At Both Major Sales This Year
South African Marketing Plan Works, Exceeds $1-Million In Sales

April 29, 2014

The return of Barry Irwin, both as a buyer and seller, and the inclusion of Team Valor International’s first full major consignment to a South African sale, helped lead to increases in median, average and gross sales this week at the National Yearling Sale in suburban Johannesburg, South Africa. ... More

Barry Irwin Featured In Wide-Ranging Q&A in Sporting Post
South Africa's Racing Newspaper Profiles Leading Foreigner
Covers Ground Throughout World of Racing, Far-Flung Stable

April 29, 2014

Barry Irwin discusses his racing roots, including inspiration for the Team Valor name, and covers many other bases in a Q&A with the Sporting Post newspaper. ... More

She's a Pippa In Time By Narrowest of Margins in South Africa
Tiny Filly Comes Through With Game Score in East Cape Oaks
Listed Stakes Win For 3YO From Team Valor Breeding Program

April 25, 2014

She’s a Pippa summoned what seemed to be every last inch of her tiny frame to win by the narrowest of margins today in the Listed East Cape Oaks at Fairview racecourse in South Africa. ... More

Euro Charline Makes A Striking Impression in Team Valor Debut
Flashes Home Second in Group 3 After Escaping Traffic
Brutish Filly In England Now A Hot Classics Prospect

April 16, 2014

Tight traffic almost turned into a nightmare and kept Euro Charline out of the winner’s circle today in her Team Valor debut, but she still managed to make quite an impression with her second-place finish in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket in England, which could lead her to the most prestigious race in the world for 3-year-old fillies. ... More

Team Valor Reveals Judges For 2014 Stan Bergstein Writing Award
Hammond, Johnson, Keyser, Pricci, Sparkman Are On Panel
Team Valor Encourages Submissions For $25,000 Award

April 8, 2014

Team Valor International is pleased to announce Tom Hammond, Karen Johnson, Tom Keyser, John Pricci and John Sparkman as the judges for the third annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award. ... More

Briana Mott Is Team Valor's New Director of Client Relations
Young Bluegrass Entrepreneur To Take Reins From Megan Jones
Penn State Animal Sciences Grad Has International Background

March 25, 2014

Briana Mott has been tabbed by Team Valor International President Barry Irwin to fill Megan Jones's role as director of client relations for the company. Jones recently was promoted to Team Valor Vice President. ... More

Mexikoma Pulled From Derby Hunt, Pointed to Belmont Stakes
Colt Is Just Not Fully Recovered From His Recent Illness
Team Valor, Mettee Are Not Going To Push Promising 3-Year-Old

March 20, 2014

Team Valor International has the pulled the plug on preparing Mexikoma for a Kentucky Derby prep race and will focus instead on the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 7. ... More

Megan Jones Is New Vice President of Team Valor International
Founder Barry Irwin Promotes South Carolina Graduate
Irwin: "Time For Her To Step Up And Learn To Take Over The Stable"

March 18, 2014

Megan McLeod Jones, 29, today has been promoted from director of client relations with Team Valor International to vice-president of the company. ... More

Animal Kingdom Has His First American Broodmares In Foal
Team Valor's Grade 2 Producer That's Hot Pregnant On One Cover
Derby, Dubai Hero Also Covered Stable's High Class Flash Dance

March 18, 2014

Animal Kingdom is doing well one month into his first season at stud in the Northern Hemisphere, with reports beginning to trickle in of his first in-foal broodmares, including a proven producer from Team Valor’s band. ... More

Mexikoma Returned to Training Today After Missing Two Weeks
Birdstone Colt Contracted Respiratory Infection After 3yo Bow
Rick Mettee Playing Catch-Up with Team Valor's Classics Hopeful

March 9, 2014

Mexikoma appeared on a lot of Kentucky Derby lists after closing stoutly for third, racing against a speed bias at Gulfstream Park in his 3-year-old debut on February 22, but a lung infection cost him 15 days of downtime as he battled back from sickness. The medium-sized Birdstone colt returned to the track this Sunday morning, after walking in the shedrow for the past few days at Palm Meadows. ... More

Daily Racing Form's Under The Radar Focuses on Mexikoma,
Team Valor Colt Unlucky But Impressive in 3YO Debut,
A Major Kentucky Derby Prep Is On Tap Next

February 25, 2014

While horses like Cairo Prince, Candy Boy, Honor Code, Shared Belief and Top Billing divvy up the headlines, talented 3-year-olds such as Mexikoma have fallen under the radar. ... More

Valor Breaks All-Time Record Price for So. African Yearling Filly,
Giant's Causeway Filly out of Captain's Lover Rings Bell in Cape,
Homebred Brings 3.2 Million Rand ($295,000), Co-Tops First Evening

January 24, 2014

Song of Happiness is both the name of a filly and an apt description of what her connections were in the mood for after the homebred Giant’s Causeway filly out of Captain’s Lover realized a final bid at yesterday’s first of two 2014 sessions of the Cape Thoroughbred Yearling Sale. ... More

Team Valor Nominates 2 Early Stories for 2014 Bergstein Writing Award
Angst's Blood-Horse Piece Delves Into 'Problem Compounders'
Drape In New York Times Covers Surreal 2 Days in U.S. Racing

January 14, 2014

Team Valor International will offer the Stan Bergstein Writing Award again in 2014 and has already nominated two stories for its panel of judges to consider. ... More

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

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