Belvoir Bay Emerges as an Instant Star in the Blue Norther Stakes
Juvenile Filly Explodes to Score on Santa Anita Sod by 7¼ Lengths
English Import Registers Flashy “7” Ragozin & “90” Beyer Numbers

December 28, 2015

Longtime racing partners Team Valor International and Gary Barber saw their English 2-year-old filly Belvoir Bay burst to the fore of her division with panache on Sunday at Santa Anita in the Blue Norther Stakes. Jockey Flavien Prat, returning from a severe back injury, did a masterful job settling the speedy import and cleverly made an early move curving off the final bend to open a clear advantage. ... More

Tuttipaesi Adds Gulfstream Wrinkle With 2nd Straight Stakes Win
Pride Of Valor Ladies Earns 96 Beyer, May Extend Racing Career
Penciled In For Breeding Date, Italian Import Is Thriving On Track

December 12, 2015

Tuttipaesi may have added yet another extension to her racing career for Valor Ladies on December 12 when she soared to a fifth career stakes win in the $100,000 South Beach Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park. ... More

Chris Wittstruck Of USTA Website Wins Bergstein Writing Award
Columnist Calls For More Surveillance To Deter Drug Cheats
Attorney, Racehorse Owner Honored Thursday at Fasig-Tipton

November 12, 2015

Chris Wittstruck, a columnist for the United States Trotting Association website, won Team Valor International's Stan Bergstein Writing Award on Thursday night in a presentation at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Lexington. Instead of accepting the $25,000 prize, Wittstruck asked Team Valor to donate it to a charity on his behalf. ... More

Barry Irwin’s Remarks At The 4th Annual Stan Bergstein Award
Team Valor Reached Out For Students To Hear Important Topics

November 12, 2015

Barry Irwin on the shifting media world and its impact on American racing: "For the initial 150 years, organized horse racing, and breeding, and selling in America were chronicled by a free and vigorous press. In the last decade all that has changed." ... More

Harness Racing’s Gural Urges Thoroughbred Tracks To Step Up
Pumped $120m Into Meadowlands, Pays Out Of Pocket For Testing
Shares Blunt Assessments As Guest Speaker At Bergstein Award

November 12, 2015

Pointing to an apparent lack of will and dwindling budgets from state racing commissions, harness track owner Jeff Gural called on his peers on the Thoroughbred side of American horse racing to take the initiative to combat the use of illicit drugs like he has done. ... More

WADA Official Weighs in on Role of Media In Battling Drugs
Spokesman Has Been In Middle Of News Regarding Russian Doping
Says The Public Still Values Fair Play, Media Is Their Mouthpiece

November 12, 2015

Ben Nichols, senior manager of media for the World Anti-Doping Agency, addressed the specter of drugs in sports at the Stan Bergstein Writing Award presentation in Lexington Thursday even as his organization has been at the center of allegations of state-sponsored doping of Russian athletes that may have tainted the London Olympics. ... More

TVI Announces Speakers For Fourth Annual Bergstein Award
Wada's Ben Nichols and The Meadowlands' Jeff Gural To Headline
Presentation Set For Nov. 12 at Fasig-Tipton Pavilion In Lexington

October 6, 2015

A spokesman for the World Anti-Doping Agency and perhaps the most vigilant racetrack operator in the U.S. on the issue of illegal drugs will be featured speakers at Team Valor International's Stan Bergstein Writing Award presentation on November 12 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Lexington. ... More

Photographer Stepped In To Catch Speechify After Spill
Julie Smoak Fills In Details Of What Happened After He Got Up
Gelding Returned To Gulfstream Park Safe And Sound On Monday

October 5, 2015

Speechify, a Graded stakes winner for Team Valor, was involved in a terrible incident at Keeneland where he fell over a horse who went down in his path. He escaped with just a scratch on a knee, with an assist from a photographer who stepped in to help. ... More

Tuttipaesi Inspires With New Peak In Suffolk Downs Stakes Win
Mare Has Continued To Reward Valor Ladies' Perseverance
Stakes Winner At 2, 3 And 5 Is An Exciting Mate For Animal Kingdom

October 3, 2015

Tuttipaesi rewarded the patience and perseverance of her Valor Ladies connections with a dominant stakes victory in the $75,000 Suffolk Downs Distaff Turf on October 3, more than two years since her career was sidetracked by injury and serious illness. ... More

Panama Hat Too Good In 3-Horse Diamond, Makes The Grade Today
Irish Gelding Measured Winner Of Tactical Group 3 At Dundalk
Brilliant Ride From Jock Chris Hayes As 4yo Closes Book On 2015

October 2, 2015

Panama Hat capped his 4-year-old season in fine fashion tonight in Ireland by nailing down his first Group or Graded triumph in the Diamond Stakes at Dundalk. Jockey Chris Hayes gave him a perfect ride in a tricky predicament facing just two other horses. ... More

Blood-Horse Piece On Lab Scrutiny Is Up For Bergstein Award
Frank Angst Examines Indiana’s Quality Assurance Program
Commission’s Unique Review Uncovered A Lab’s Colossal Failures
Testing In Other States Is Left Up To Current Industry Standards

October 1, 2015

A state racing commission’s unique layer of scrutiny uncovered a laboratory’s surprising rate of failure in detecting prohibited drugs. What about testing elsewhere in the U.S where such a quality assurance program is not in place? . ... More

Team Valor Acquires Brazilian Champion, Classic Winner
Unbeaten In 5 Starts, Juno Will Ship To U.S. In October
Captured One Thousand Guineas In 3-Year-Old Bow On September 7

September 22, 2015

Team Valor International has bought the unbeaten Juno, who won her fifth race from as many outings last time out in her 3-year-old debut on September 7 in Brazil's Group 1 equivalent of the One Thousand Guineas. ... More

Panama Hat Improves Again In Creditable 2nd In American St. Leger
The Hat Back To Old Self With Gritty Run For His Biggest Payday
He Returns To Ireland With Group 1 Irish St. Leger On The Agenda

August 19, 2015

Panama Hat is a 6-time winner but his best performances have arguably come in 3 defeats, the latest case coming on Saturday in a stubborn second-place finish in the $350,000 American St. Leger on Arlington Million Day. ... More

Briana Mott, Megan Jones Head Up Fashion Search At Arlington
Mott’s Fashion At The Races Hosts 2nd Annual Contest On August 15
Jones’ Valor Ladies Provides Winning Prize—A $500 Trip To Macy’s!

August 15, 2015

From America’s Best Racing comes the following about a fun part of Arlington Million day that is headed up by two members of the Team Valor staff: a fashion contest with a $500 grand prize and gift bags for each of 80 contestants. ... More

Racing Biz Story On Del ‘Cap Case Is Up For Stan Bergstein Award
Details Legal Issue In Enforcing Corticosteroid Regulation
Widespread Ramifications Or 1-Time ‘Prosecutorial Discretion’?

August 7, 2015

Team Valor International has nominated a story from the Racing Biz website on a Delaware medication case for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Doug McCoy’s and Frank Vespe’s piece “Pletcher overage that wasn’t has major implications for racing” details a medication violation from last summer’s Delaware Handicap that the state decided to drop. ... More

Panama Hat Pounces At Right Time To Land First Stakes Win,
Despite Another Uncharacteristic Trip, 4yo Prevails In Lenebane,
After Lazy Start, Jockey Hayes Summons Gelding’s Best In Lane

July 6, 2015

Jockey Chris Hayes saved the day when Panama Hat had little interest in the early proceedings at Roscommon racecourse in Ireland. ... More

Team Valor, Irwins Present John R. Velazquez Scholarship In New York,
Recipient Mercedes Hernandez Is Aspiring Vet, Daughter Of A Groom,
Team Valor Partners and Irwins Combine For $20,000 Scholarship

June 16, 2015

Team Valor International racing partners and Barry and Kathleen Irwin presented Mercedes Hernandez with the John R. Velazquez Scholarship on Saturday at Belmont Park. ... More

Triple Threat Strikes For Grade 2 Win At Monmouth In U.S. Debut,
Homebred For TVI, Barber Rejuvenated After Switch From France,
Flashes Sharp Turn Of Foot To Just Get Up For New Trainer Mott

June 7, 2015

Triple Threat, a home-bred who won a pair of group races in France as a 3-year-old, revitalized his career at 5 on Sunday by winning the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes in a thriller in his U.S. debut. ... More

Blood-Horse Story On Repeat Offenders Up For Bergstein Award
Angst's Piece Delves Into Red Tape Holding Up Penalty System
Trainer Received Same Minimum Drug Penalty 3 Times In 11 Months

June 2, 2015

Horses for a trainer in New York failed drug tests three times in 11 months, including one horse who tested positive two races in a row, but the trainer only incurred the same minimum penalty for each violation. This recent example is the centerpiece of a Blood-Horse story by Frank Angst that has been nominated for Team Valor International's Stan Bergstein Writing Award. ... More

Royal Pleasure Wins Grade 3 Strelitzia, Stays Unbeaten In 3 Outs
Homebred Filly Is Visionaire’s First South African Stakes Winner
Tvi’s Third Strelitzia Winner Eyes Grade 1 Allan Robertson Stakes

April 26, 2015

Royal Pleasure, bred by a Team Valor partnership that sold her for peanuts and bought back after she won her racing debut impressively by 6 ¾ lengths, scored a well-earned victory Sunday when she took the Grade 3 Strelitzia Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Scottsville in South Africa. ... More

Team Valor Buys Streaking 5-Length 2yo Filly Winner In France
Kentucky Vet Dr. Gary Priest Approves Acquisition This Morning
Royal Ascot And Breeders’ Cup On Agenda For Well-Bred Hotshot

April 16, 2015

Spanish Romance, a French-based 2-year-old filly who won her 5-furlong Chantilly unveiling by 5 lengths to earn a sensational 98 Timeform rating, has joined Team Valor after passing an inspection this morning by Kentucky vet Dr. Gary Priest. ... More

Euro Charline Has Big Year Ahead After Solid 4th In Dubai
Likely On To Royal Ascot After Earning $300,000 In First Run As 4yo
G1 Winner Holds On Her Own With Top Males After Plan Goes Awry

March 30, 2015

Euro Charline will probably head back to the company of her own sex at Royal Ascot for her next start, a favorable proposition considering few fillies or mares in training could have fared as well as she did on March 30 with the task she faced in the Dubai Turf. ... More

Unrivaled Romps In Team Valor Debut, Is Blue Grass Bound
Comes From Way, Way Back To Score By 5 In 1st Start At 3
One Chance To Crack Kentucky Derby Field For Long-Striding 3yo

March 15, 2015

Unrivaled toyed with his opponents and his new Team Valor partners on Sunday when he spotted the early leaders about 12 lengths in a Parx allowance race, only to fly home to an easy victory that put him in line for a major Kentucky Derby prep. ... More

Thoroughbred Commentary Explores Team Valor In B. Irwin Q&A
Daughter Of Hall Of Fame Trainer Digs In With Lots Of Questions
Perfect Study For U.S. Website Focused On International Racing

March 4, 2015

Barry Irwin’s journey to becoming the founder and owner of Team Valor International, a spectacularly successful racing syndicate that spans several continents... More

Euro Charline Receives Green Light To Aim For Dubai
Beverly D. Winner Has Pleased Botti In Early Preparations
Filly Has Been Back Training In Newmarket For 2 Months

January 20, 2015

Two months after Team Valor returned Euro Charline to his care, trainer Marco Botti has given a green light for the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes winner to point for the $6-million Dubai Turf on World Cup night at Meydan. ... More

After Shifting Gears, Team Valor Enters 2015 On The Upswing
Strike Rate Back to 22 Percent In Fourth Quarter, Fueling Rally
In Second Half, Stable Returned To Usual Spot At Head of Syndicates

January 1, 2015

Team Valor International finished 2014 in hot fashion on the racetrack with 5 stakes wins and an overall win rate of 22 percent from July through December, a welcome return to the stable’s normal standards after an uncharacteristic first half of the season. ... More

Speechify Puts One of His Partners Over Top In Team Valor Contest
Jim Gribbins Nails Stable's Correct Win Total For 2014 Season
Grand Prize Is Free Five Percent Interest in Horse Syndicated in 2015

January 1, 2015

Jim Gribbins is a partner in eight Team Valor horses who combined for 12 wins in 2014, and his most valuable triumph came four days before the end of the year and on two fronts when Speechify prevailed in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park. ... More

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