Team Valor's Irwin Hoping
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2002 1:53 PM
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2002 10:58 AM
Team Valor has a "Grand" plan for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). The stable recently acquired a 2-year-old son of Grand Lodge named Grand with the idea of running him in the World Thoroughbred Championships. The private deal for the Irish-bred was completed last week and followed his 23-length victory on Sept. 7 while racing 8.45 furlongs on the dirt in England.
Barry Irwin, the president of Team Valor, said Grand would run next in the Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine on Oct. 6. If colt wins, he will proceed to the 1 1/8-mile Juvenile. Nick Littmoden will continue to train Grand through the Breeders Cup. Then the colt will move to the barn of Elliott Walden, according to Irwin.
"He definitely has the stamina to go the distance," said Irwin of Grand. "I think the English horses will have an edge over the American horses in the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile). Few of them are ready to go 1 1/8 miles at that time of year."
Grand has won twice in his four career starts.
Team Valor owns a two-thirds interest in another talented 2-year-old, Added Edge, who extended his streak to three wins in three career starts with a 4 3/4-length triumph Sunday in the Swynford Stakes at Woodbine. Irwin said the son of Smart Strike would not run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
"He's too young; he's an April 29 foal," Irwin explained. "We don't want to knock him out by racing him 1 1/8 miles this year."
Added Edge, a leading candidate for a Canadian championship, will probably compete just one more time this year before heading toFlorida. His likely target is the Nov. 3 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
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