Stable Wraps Up 2022 With Several Notable Milestones Achieved
1000 Pieces of Black-Type Earned by Winning and Placing in Stakes

Dec 30, 2022

Over the course of the 36 years that Barry Irwin has been forming and managing his stable of syndicated racehorses, the winning strike rate has averaged 18 percent, year in and year out. This year the stable maintained that high level of quality with 18 percent wins once again. La Petite Coco won the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes and the stable scored its 1000th lifetime piece of black-type. ... More

Wakanaka Wins from Last Place Despite a Moderate Early Pace
Four-Year-Old Filly Banks Largest Domestic Purse of the Season
Italian Import Caps Memorable Day for HOF Trainer William Mott

Nov 04, 2022

When Saturday s $300,000 Fall Harvest Stakes was drawn, Team Valor International and Gary Barber s 4 old filly Wakanaka looked to have been dropped in the deep end of the pool, a fact that was noted by Keeneland s morning-line maker, who put her at 12-to-1 for the mile contest on grass that capped the second day of the Breeders Cup weekend in Lexington, Kentucky. By post time, however, the entire complexion of the race had changed. ... More

Silence Please Becomes a Group Stakes Winner for Woehler
Gleneagles Mare Draws Off by 5 Lengths in Berlin Germany
Five-Year-Old Will be Bred and Sold Next Year at Tattersalls

Oct 30, 2022

Trainer Andreas Woehler and jockey Jozef Bojko teamed up to turn Listed winner Silence Please into a European Group winner on Sunday at the beautiful Hoppegarten course east of Berlin. Woehler instructed the Slovakian-born reinsman to take her right to the back in an effort to completely switch off the mare, then make his move when he felt the timing was right for yesterday s 3000 meter Group 3 Preis Silbernes Pferd. Still last at the top of the stretch, she caught the leader Nerium approaching the grandstand then drew off to a five length score in Germany's oldest stakes race. ... More

Facteur Cheval Leaves the Best for Last in Group 3 Prix Perth
Benefits from Solid Pace, Enterprising Ride for 1 1/2-Length Score
Gerald Mosse Predicts Gelding will be Group 1 Runner Next Year

Oct 22, 2022

In what was the final French Group win of his fabled career, retiring Champion jockey Gerald Mosse delivered a brilliant ride to score a first Group win aboard Team Valor Interational and Gary Barber's Facteur Cheval in the Group 3 Prix Perth going a mile on heavy going at Saint-Cloud on Saturday. It was only this summer that Mosse clutched Barry Irwin's hands post-race and boldly told him and trainer Jerome Reynier that the 3-year-old was an absolute "superstar." ... More

Green Up Earns Berth for Grade 1 Cotillion in Huge Prep Score
Stays Unbeaten in 2022; Records 100 Beyer and 109 Equibase Figures

Aug 23, 2022

In a riding exhibition the likes of which fully illustrate why Irad Ortiz Jr. is among the best riders currently plying their trade in North America, the Puerto Rican-born reinsman gathered up the filly, waited patiently for room and seamlessly maneuvered himself into exactly the position he wanted. The filly by Upstart once again drew clear in the stretch, as she has done all year. Final time of 1:39 3/5 was just two-fifths of a second shy of the Parx track record. ... More

Wakanaka Gets her Day in the Sun at Windy Woodbine
Irish Thousand Guineas Victress Strikes in G2 Dance Smartly
Woodbine Press Dept Sums Up "Ladies of the Lawn" First Leg

July 5, 2022

Wakanaka scored in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine, increasing her lifetime tally to 7 wins and 5 placings in 13 starts. "She brings her A-game everytime as one can see by her skein of Graded placings since arriving in the U.S." The always consistent, dish-faced beauty is a daughter of the Coolmore stallion Power and produced by the Kodiac mare Storyline. ... More

Green Up Romps to 5 3/4-Length Victory in Her Black-Type Debut
Paco Lopez is a Passenger in Front-running Tour de Force in Joisey
Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks in Offing for Todd Pletcher's 3YO Protege

July 5, 2022

Green Up answered a lot of questions last Sunday when scoring a facile 5 3/4-length triumph in the Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park. She proved she could win around two turns, she proved that she could be just as brilliant in stakes company as she had been when beating up on bums in Florida and she proved that the sky could very well be the limit for her in terms of where her talent can take her. ... More

Facteur Cheval Exudes Raw Power Remaining Unbeaten in Stakes
Sophomore Gelding Wows French Crowd in Effortless Triumph
Irwin: "He's the Most Exciting Horse for Us Since Citidancer in 1990"

July 2, 2022

Facteur Cheval is now 4 for 4, a black-type winner, and a horse that has now made decent rivals look decided moderate in each of his victories. He won by 2 lengths, the same winning margin in all of his races since the 3-year-old Ribchester horse broke his maiden on debut by 5 lengths. When Gerald Mosse swung Facteur Chevel outside to allow the 3-year-old to make his stretch move, many in the Chantilly crowd on Sunday began to applaud the flashy gelding and the intensity of the clapping and whooping increased as he powered to the front, strode clear down the lane and won eased up at the wire with his jockey patting him on the head and neck. ... More

La Petite Coco Captures Group 1 Pretty Polly S. at The Curragh
Filly Beats Top Field in Her 4-Year-Old Debut for Twomey and Lee
Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe Prospect Now Has Won 5 of 6 for Team Valor

June 30, 2022

Everything fell into place for La Petite Coco last Sunday at The Curragh racecourse in County Kildare, Ireland and the Ruler of the World filly took full advantage of the opportunity to become a Group 1 winner and provide her super-hot trainer Paddy Twomey with his first career triumph at the highest level in the world of racing. ... More

Mooney Love Stuns Cologne Racegoers with Listed Stakes Score
Italian Import Romps by 2 3/4 Lengths Going 2100 Meters in 4YO Bow
Irwin: "He Wants to Follow a Fast Pace on Hard Turf and He Got It"

June 30, 2022

Mooney Love was last with 600 meters remaining. Panov switched him to the outside in the final quarter-mile and got him rolling right toward the odds-on favorite that looked home free. Mooney Love generated a tremendous closing punch to not only reel in the favorite, but to leave that one in his dust. I didn t need to use the stick or anything, he did it all on his own, Russian-born Panov said. It was a strong effort and very impressive. ... More

Nadette is Now Officially Pointing for the Classic French Oaks
Theo Bachelot Commits to Riding Filly in 2100-Meter Group 1 Race

May 19, 2022

Team Valor International and Marco Saviozzi's 3-year-old filly Nadette (Fr) (Outstrip {GB} Ciboulette {Ire}, by Pivotal {GB}) was two places behind subsequent G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Mangoustine (Fr) when fifth going one mile at Paris-Longchamp in last month's G3 Prix de la Grotte and stepped forward to collect a career high in today's Listed Prix Finlande upped to nine furlongs back at the Bois de Boulogne venue.. ... More

Green Up Coasts Home in Hand at Odds of 1-to-2 at Gulfstream
Promising 3-Year-Old Filly Successfully Stretches Out Over Mile

Apr 21, 2022

Although she mostly walked out of the gate, the 3-year-old filly was soon into stride and was allowed to move up on her own volition between horses in the initial run down the backstretch through an easy opening quarter-mile of :23 4/5. The second quarter-mile was a different story, as it took less than 23 seconds to accomplish as the half was reached in :46 3/5. Green Up was always moving well in hand. She kept towards the outside around the turn, was allowed to drift wide when sent up at the quarter pole to assume command and was asked to put the race away at the top of the lane. ... More

Nadette Earns Guineas Trial Berth by Winning Today's Comeback
Outstrip Filly Shows Instant Acceleration Over Polytrack Mile
French One Thousand Guineas on May 15 at Longchamp is Her Goal

Mar 14, 2022

Nadette displayed instant acceleration in winning her Chantilly comeback today in France and stamped herself as a Miler. There had been considerable discussion over the winter between trainer Romain Le Dren-Doleuze and Barry Irwin about the filly s true trip, as her runs last season did not offer enough evidence about whether she would be best at the Guineas (mile) or Oaks (10f) trips. But today, she answered the debate emphatically by summoning instant acceleration, which is the hallmark of a top Miler. ... More

The Thoroughbred Daily News names Team Valor's Green Up a "Rising Star"
Upstart Filly Cruises by Nearly Seven Lengths in Stable Debut

Mar 13, 2022

Alan Carasso at the TDN had the following to say upon watching Green Up mow down her field in a Gulfstream Park maiden sprint: "Sent off a mortal lock at odd of 2-to-5, Team Valor International's Green Up (Upstart) improved off a big-figure debut second for previous connections and galloped her six overmatched rivals into the ground, earning "TDN Rising Star' honors for a 6 3/4 length tour-de-force. ... More

Keyflower Benefits from Million-Dollar Ride to Win U.S. Debut
French 4yo Garners $72,200 from Purse and Santa Anita Incentives
Import Figures to Improve Over Longer Than This One-Mile Route

Feb 19, 2022

Keyflower won her United States unveiling and 4-year-old debut on Saturday at Santa Anita with authority by three-quarters of a length going a mile under a brilliant bit of reinsmanship from fellow French import Flavien Prat. We got a great ride from a veteran who had the good sense to stay close to the pace, when most riders would have taken back anticipating a fast pace, noted Barry Irwin. ... More

Black Silver Earns Black-Type When Second in Jamaica Handicap
Ebony Flyer 4YO Daughter Beaten Three-Quarters of a Length
Homebred Finishes Well, But No Match for Rupert's Course Wizard

Jan 7, 2022

Black Silver, by virtue of her excellent performance when earning black-type for the first time in the Jamaica Handicap last Friday, had her Merit Rating raised 9 points to 89. Black Silver becomes the second runner produced by Team Valor s Champion race mare Ebony Flyer to earn black-type in a stakes race. ... More

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