Spanish Mission Runs Right Up to His Best for Melbourne Cup Third
Momentum Stopped Close to Home when Winner Crossed in His Path
Vintage Renewal Was Run in Fifth Fastest Time in Lengthy History

Nov 3, 2021

Spanish Mission overcame physical niggles in Newmarket and Australian quarantine to bring his best game to the US$6-million Melbourne Cup, in which he was a dead-game third. The superb winner, which triumphed by 4 lengths, legally crossed over in front of the Team Valor International color-bearer once barely clear in the closing stage, which caused Spanish Mission to jink and lose valuable momentum. ... More

La Petite Coco Denies Champion Love in Last Stride at The Curragh
Rapidly Rising Star is Now Second Choice for G1 British Champions

Sep 12, 2021

La Petite Coco, a daughter of Ruler of the World, took one of the biggest scalps available among fillies and mares in the world of turf racing Sunday at The Curragh, when she dug in very late to pass Coolmore s vaunted filly Love in the last stride or two to claim victory on Irish Champions Weekend in the Group 2 Blandford Stakes. The margin was a nose. ... More

Invite Thrashes Seasoned, Classy Older Males to Win Listed Race
Balding Eyeing Same G1 British Champions Race as La Petite Coco
Irwin: "She Has Every Chance to Move into a Much Higher League"

Sep 11, 2021

Invite (IRE), which figured to need her return engagement Saturday in the Listed Stand Cup after not having raced since splitting her Group 2 Italian Oaks field as the favorite 3 months earlier, belied conventional wisdom by not only being fit and sharp, but ready to move into a new league. ... More

Spanish Mission Held to Half a Head by Stradivarius in Group 2
TVI/Barber Runner-Up Keeps Improving, Now Heading to Oz's Carl di Iorio Reports on New Melbourne Cup Favorite

August 21, 2021

Spanish Mission has been promoted to Melbourne Cup favorite for owners Team Valor International and Gary Barber, after giving Europe's aging staying champion Stradivarius a major fright in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday. ... More

Solene Lilyette Rings Bell in Hurry Harriet Stakes in Ireland
Score Caps Week of Black-Type Grabs in Stakes on Emerald Isle
Thoroughbred Daily News Europe Reports on Impressive Finish

August 12, 2021

Thanks to an enterprising ride from trainer Andrew Slattery s young son Andy Slattery, the rising star Solene Lilyette was able to pull off an upset and win yesterday s Listed Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park in Ireland for owners Team Valor International and Gary Barber. ... More

La Petite Coco Emphatically Announces Arrival on Group Scene
Rider Billy Lee Tells Trainer Paddy Twomey "She is a Group 1 Horse"
Thoroughbred Daily News Europe Reports on Impressive Finish

August 8, 2021

Coming into Saturday's G3 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes with a growing reputation, Team Valor's La Petite Coco (Ire) (by Ruler of the World) only served to enhance it significantly as she ruled with an iron fist in the Cork feature ... More

Loveisthehigherlaw Shows High Pluck in German Listed Victory
Pedroza Cool Customer in Tactical 11-Furlong Stakes at Hannover
Daughter of Ex-TVI Champion Sweet Stream Stops Two Challenges

July 11, 2021

Loveisthehigherlaw, leading from the start, admirably kept to her task and put away Red Hot inside the final furlong. Accola moved up from third to second, was never getting to the winner, but ran a good race in defeat. The 5-year-old Love responded to right-handed urging and, once Pedroza knew she was giving her best, he let her finish on her own courage. As she approached the wire, Loveisthehigherlaw was not only in complete control, one could see that she enjoyed winning the race. ... More

Homebred Oleksandra Closes Out Her Career with Last-to-First G3 Victory
Poker Stakes at Belmont is Swan Song for Daughter of Animal Kingdom
Kellie Reilly of BrisNet Reviews Final Race of In-Foal Mare

June 20, 2021

In foal to leading sire Into Mischief, OLEKSANDRA bowed out on a high note by springing a 17-1 upset of odds-on favorite Raging Bull in Sunday s $250,000 Poker S. (G3) at Belmont Park. The Team Valor International homebred has spent her career as a turf sprinter, but proved effective on the stretch-out to deny a top miler at his own game. Trainer Drysdale said "We decided to try her at a mile hoping she could get the distance, and she did. She s pregnant, so this was her swan song. She ll go out on a high note. ... More

Beantown Baby Extends Winning STreak to 3 at Delaware Park
Mare Slowed to Walk by Jockey, Yet Scores by Nearly 3 Lengths
Delacour Excited at Prospect of Colonial Downs Sprint Stakes

June 14, 2021

Beantown Baby looked to be a shoe-in on paper at odds of 1-to-2 and that is exactly how it worked out in real life, as after breaking well, she was urged to assume command early by jockey Mychel Sanchez. The filly has never set the pace in any of her 6 turf races. She went to the front, set an uncontested pace early, began to draw off around the turn, she was 4 to 5 lengths in front in the stretch and was slowed to a jog well before she had reached the wire. ... More

Spanish Mission Wins Group 2 Yorkshire Cup Stakes Today at York
Irwin: "He Ran the Best Race of His Life. On His Day He is Top Class"
TVI/Barber Stayer Thrashes Irish Derby Hero Giving Him 3 Pounds

May 14, 2021

Spanish Mission ran the race of his life today at York when he dominated the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup Stakes over 1 mile and 5 furlongs. On the good ground he relishes, the Kentucky-bred horse owned by Team Valor International and Gary Barber, repulsed a couple of strong challenges from Coolmore s Irish Derby hero Santiago and drove to a nearly 3-length triumph today to claim the first prize of more than $95,000. ... More

Axana Travels to England to Snare Group 3 at Lingfield Park
Becomes First German to Win UK Group Race in 7 Racing Seasons
Team Effort Produces Signature Triumph for TVI / Gaynor Rupert

May 8, 2021

Axana showed just how special she is when becoming the first German-based racehorse in 7 years to successfully cross the English Channel and win a Group race in the United Kingdom on Saturday, when she repulsed challenge after challenge to prevail by three-quarters of a length in the Group 3 Chartwell Fillies Stakes at Lingfield Park. ... More

Classic Win Jumps Team Valor to 29th Place on International List
Thoroughbred Commentary Global Rankings has Valor 7th in U.S.

April 28, 2021

By virtue of its Classic win Sunday in the Italian One Thousand Guineas, Team Valor has jumped up to 29th among the world s leading international racing stables on Thoroughbred Commentary s Global rankings this season through last Sunday. The rankings are updated on a weekly basis and, until its Group 3 score Sunday, TVI had been absent from the list for the last 6 weeks. ... More

Wakanaka Overcomes Trouble to Win Impressively in Italian Classic
Fave Misses Break, Blocked to Mid-Stretch, Wins as Much the Best
Four-Time Black-Type Hero Runs Four-Fifths Faster Than the Boys

April 27, 2021

Wakanaka proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that over the Italian Guineas distance of a mile that she is the queen of the Classic generation among both fillies and colts, as she dominated Sunday s renewal of the Group 3 Regina Elena, Italy s equivalent of the One Thousand Guineas. In running four-fifths of a second faster than the males in the Two Thousand Guineas equivalent, she earned a Timeform rating of 105, which was 4 pounds superior to the winning colt. ... More

Statistics Show the Stable Now Winning at Whopping 26% Strike Rate
Last Ten Starts Yield Five Wins, Victories in Ireland and Germany

April 13, 2021

Team Valor International s last three starts have had a repetitive theme, that is all three races were run in Germany, all three races resulted in wins, all three winners were trained by Andreas W hler, and all three winners were ridden by Eddie Pedroza. This brings the season tally to 54 starts (14 wins 12 seconds 6 thirds) and a winning strike rate of 26 percent. ... More

10-Year Partner Harve Hnatiuk Talks on Stable's Euro-Transition
South Carolina Resident Celebrates Moll's Noblesse Stakes Win
Couple Experiences Bourgeoning Zeal for the Game "Over There"

April 10, 2021

On Thursday TVI partner Harve Hnatiuk spoke at length with Jessica Berry about his experience with the stable since the announcement of its transition to primarily European racing. The South Carolina resident and his wife Cyndee have been involved in Team Valor partnerships for 10 years and recently celebrated their first stakes win in Ireland. ... More

Axana Impressive Black-Type Winner to Commence 5yo Campaign
Woehler Mare's 111 Timeform Mark Equals Her Career Topper at 3
Eddie Pedroza: "Now That She Can Breathe Again, She Moves Great"

April 4, 2021

The real Axana showed up Sunday at Hoppegarten racecourse in Eastern Berlin and she looked as good as ever in winning the Listed Gest ts R ttgen going a mile as the third choice to 4-year-old No Limit Credit. The runner-up was favored. Last December at the Arqana sale in Deauville, the secondplace finisher sold for more than $580,000. ... More

Moll Justifies Trainer Paddy Twomey's Faith in Her in Stakes Win
Camelot 4-Year-Old Convincing Winner of 1 1/2-Mile Listed at Cork Covers Victory Highlighting Trainer's Patience

April 3, 2021

After their success with Maoilin at Dundalk on Wednesday there was more success up in grade for Team Valor, Paddy Twomey and Billy Lee when Moll triumphed in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Noblesse Stakes at Cork. ... More

Grade 1 Winner Oleksandra In-Foal to Leading Sire Into Mischief
Will Continue to Train and Race for 120 Days Before Retirement
Animal Kingdom Mare Pointing for Repeat in Grade 1 Jaipur Stakes

March 30, 2021

Animal Kingdom s Australian-bred Grade 1 winner Oleksandra has been declared in-foal to super-hot stallion Into Mischief on a March 10 cover date. According to The Jockey Club rules, an in-foal mare may continue to race for 120 days from the date of cover. Bluewater Sales will offer her at Keeneland in November to dissolve the partnership. ... More

Santa Anita Derby Winner The Deputy Rescued by Owners, Trainer
Team Valor, Gary Barber and Jenine Sahadi Stepped In to Save the Day
Stallion Now Residing at Remember Me Rescue in Burleson, Texas

March 24, 2021

Irish-bred The Deputy, trained by Jenine Sahadi for Team Valor and Gary Barber to win the $1-million Santa Anita Derby in 2000 and second choice in the Kentucky Derby, is now safely ensconced in Texas after some maneuvering to rescue him from a kill pen on a feedlot about an hour north of Dallas week before last. When intrepid horse lovers used their Internet monitoring skills to learn that the now 24-year-old stallion had been bought cheaply at a sale in Iowa and transported to the feedlot in Texas, word spread fast and Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin quickly managed to buy him on behalf of his longtime partner Barber and ex-trainer Sahadi. ... More

As First Quarter Nears Conclusion, Irwin Examines Last Decade
Stable's Win Percentage Nears 24% with Victory by Media Storm

March 22, 2021

With Sunday s easy victory by Media Storm at Mont-de-Marsan in France, the stable s statistics push ever higher to where they currently stand at 23.7% wins (or 24% for those among you who enjoy rounding up). Is that figure the best opening quarter in history? No, but it s the second-best in the last decade, and a remarkable turn-around from the slow start earlier in the year. ... More

Untreated Runs to Expectations in 8 3/4-Length Tampa Maiden Romp
Tour de Force Effort Rated Faster that Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby
Barry Irwin Thinking $750,000 Wood Memorial April 3 at "The Big A"

March 6, 2021

Racing over a typically souped-up Tampa Bay Derby strip that saw speed dominate most of the races prior to Saturday s sixth race, Team Valor International s once-raced Nyquist colt Untreated turned his maiden race upside down with a powerful move as he was racing on the backstretch before reaching the far turn. He went past rivals so easily, it was a revelatory moment when he switched gears and employed long strides while racing wide. ... More

Spanish Mission Second for Barber/Team Valor in Red Sea Handicap
Earns $500,000 in Second-Richest Grass Race on Planet Earth
Andrew Balding Plans to Return Him for the Dubai Gold Cup Next

February 20, 2021

Team Valor International and Gary Barber s Spanish Mission, wearing the Hollywood movie mogul s distinctive shocking pink silks, opened his 2021 account with an excellent performance to finish a closing second today in Saudi Arabia on the Saudi Cup undercard. Second place was worth $500,000 as the $2.5-million purse is the second biggest in the world for a grass handicap behind only the Melbourne Cup, which coincidentally remains his seasonal goal in November over 2 miles. ... More

Roll in The Hay Rolls to First Career Stakes Victory at Fairview
Team Valor Yearling Buy Comes Within 4/5ths of Course Record
Candice Bass-Robinson had the Filly Spot On for Lady's Pendant S.

February 19, 2021

"She was so full of herself and so on point today that I couldn't wait and moved her much earlier than I would have liked," jockey Aldo Domeyer explained, "but I saw the winning post and I knew she would win today. She warmed up brilliantly, she went down to post very well and Candice had her on song today. She won so easily. She pricked her ears and won eased down. It was her day. She is not done -- I think she will win more of these blacktype races." ... More

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