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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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La Sardane Gets International Black Type With Grade 3 Intercontinental Victory

Team Valor International’s La Sardane picked up her first North American stakes victory in the fifth running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Intercontinental for filly and mare turf sprinters on Thursday at Belmont Park, opening day of the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Ridden by Flavien Prat, the French-bred La Sardane settled contently in fourth […]

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Belvoir Bay Best In Monrovia, Shows Affinity For Santa Anita’s Hillside Turf Course

With Victor Espinoza at the controls, tiny Belvoir Bay split horses turning for home and marched to yet another victory down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course, as she took Monday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes by 1 ½ lengths.  Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Team Valor International and Gary Barber, Belvoir Bay […]

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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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Grade 1-Placed Mexikoma To Enter Stud At Keen Farms In Texas

Mexikoma, a Grade 1-placed stakes winner by Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Birdstone, has been retired to stud and will stand his first season at Dallas and Donna Keen’s Keen Farms in Burleson, Texas. He will stand for a $1,000 fee as property of the Keens. Mexikoma hit the board in eight of 12 starts with […]

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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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Graded Stakes Winner Triple Threat Retired

Multiple Grade/Group 2 winner Triple Threat, which raced in France and North America by his breeders Team Valor International and Gary Barber, has been retired from racing at age 6. The son of leading international sire Monsun won the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam and Group 3 Prix La Force in France for Andre Fabre. […]

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Victory Party, Half Sister To Beholder And Into Mischief, Returning To U.S.

Team Valor International is repatriating Victory Party, a half sister to champion Beholder, sire Into Mischief and the recent $3-million Keeneland September sale topper, to the U.S. from Australia. The 10-year-old Yankee Victor mare delivered her third straight Animal Kingdom filly at Arrowfield Stud on September 20. She will be shipped to Kentucky on October […]

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