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‘Great Concept’: Owners, Trainers Embrace NYRA’s New Turf Triple Series

Considering that the famed Triple Crown for 3-year-olds that starts with the Kentucky Derby and ends with the Belmont Stakes has been around for about 100 years, it’s a big ask of a new series to create a buzz in its first year. Yet in its inaugural edition, the New York Racing Association’s two Turf […]

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Rodolphe Brisset Fined, Keeneland Winner Disqualified For Medication Violation

Trainer Rodolphe Brisset said a recent positive test in one of his horses for the prohibited adjunct bleeder medication aminocaproic acid was either a barn or veterinary mistake. The positive test and subsequent disqualification of Talk Veuve to Me from an April 11 allowance/optional claiming race victory at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., was reported in […]

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Team Valor Aims Polish Triple Crown Winner At Arlington Million

Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin is anxious to showcase the talent of Va Bank (IRE) in a meaningful race in the United States, which is one reason why he is opting to run the 2015 Polish Triple Crown winner in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million on August 11. The 6-year-old son of Archipenko began his career in […]

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Brazilian Group 1 Winner Love ‘N’ Happiness To Make U.S. Debut Sunday

When it comes to searching far and wide around the globe for Thoroughbred talent, few owners have made names for themselves the way Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin has. Irwin’s recent international acquisition Love ‘n’ Happiness – a Group 1 winner in her native Brazil – will make her first American start in a Sunday […]

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Former Jockey Chris McCarron Joins Team Valor International

Chris McCarron has joined Team Valor International and will be part of the executive team of the far-flung organization. He starts this week and will be involved at Churchill Downs, where the operation races three runners (two in stakes) this week in Louisville. “As a Hall of Fame inductee and as the rider of such […]

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Barry Irwin To Pull Out Of Scandal-Tainted South African Racing

Barry Irwin, the CEO of Team Valor International and longtime friend of horse racing in South Africa, has chosen to sell out of the sport there due to it being tainted by disgraced businessman and major horse owner/breeder Markus Jooste. Jooste resigned as CEO of the furniture and household company Steinhoff International last winter after […]

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Godolphin Flying Start Student Jessica Berry To Join Team Valor

Jessica Berry will join Team Valor International upon graduation in July from the Godolphin Flying Start program. The 24-year-old served an internship with the Central Kentucky racing stable after graduating with a BA in international relations from the University of San Diego and before a stint in Australia with Arrowfield Stud and being accepted to […]

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Capla Temptress Ships In To Come Running Late In Natalma

Team Valor International’s Capla Temptress began her career overseas, but shipped over to North America to earn her first graded stakes victory at 5-1 in Sunday’s G1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine. The juvenile daughter of Lope de Vega, ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Marco Botti, covered a mile over the firm turf in 1:35.12 […]

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Borell Expose Earns Margaret Ransom 2016 Stan Bergstein Writing Award

Margaret Ransom has won the Stan Bergstein Writing Award for a story that revealed dire conditions for more than 40 horses at a Kentucky farm that led to animal cruelty charges against Chuck and Maria Borell. Ransom’s story on USRacing.com prompted aid from outside horsemen and equine retirement groups and an investigation from the Kentucky […]

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Lifestyle Marketing May Be The Best Way To Attract New Owners

According to a recent survey in Ireland, owners value the lifestyle and experience of attending the races over profit and prize money. Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh presented figures on owner motivation as part of the recent International Federation of Horseracing Authorities conference in Paris. Additional speakers on the topic included Olivier Delloye, director […]

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