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Hull to Skip Preakness; Smith Named Backup

Hull to Skip Preakness; Smith Named Backup

Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) winner Hull, who is undefeated in three career starts, will bypass the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and will run instead in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) on Belmont day. Also trainer Chip Woolley confirmed that Mike Smith will ride Mine That Bird if Rachel Alexandra runs in the Preakness.

Hull Dominates Derby Trial in Stakes Debut

Hull Dominates Derby Trial in Stakes Debut

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, Team Valor, and partners' Hull became a graded stakes winner and stayed undefeated in three starts when he took over at the top of the lane and pulled away for a convincing four-length victory in the $112,00 Derby Trial (gr. III) on opening day at Churchill Downs April 25.

McLaughlin to Train $1.5-Million Filly

The $1.5-million Storm Cat filly purchased by Team Valor International at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale has been named Carriage Trade, and she will be trained by Kiaran Mclaughlin, according to Team Valor's Barry Irwin.

Visionaire Won't Point for Breeders' Cup

Visionaire Won't Point for Breeders' Cup

Visionaire, winner of the Aug. 23 NetJets King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), won't be pointed for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park in October because none of the races offers him the opportunity to do "what he does best," according to a recent article on Team Valor International's Web site.

Strong Market Opens FT Saratoga Sale

Strong Market Opens FT Saratoga Sale

If the close of the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale is any indication, the upper level of the Thoroughbred marketplace is alive and well.

Team Valor to Focus on Yearlings

Barry Irwin, who heads Team Valor International, is changing his strategy for acquiring horses for the racing partnerships his company puts together. And that could be good news for yearling sale consignors.

Aron Wellman Joins Team Valor

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Aron Wellman Joins Team Valor

California attorney Aron Wellman has been named racehorse administrator by Barry Irwin's Kentucky-based Team Valor International.

The Making of a Trainer

The Making of a Trainer

Kellyn Goder is a skilled horseman, one of the few trainers who actually deserve that distinction. He is not famous, but that is about to change. Gorder is on the verge of a breakthrough.

Video: Interview with Barry Irwin

Video:  Interview with Barry Irwin

Team Valor syndicate founder/owner Barry Irwin discusses his Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Unbridled Belle and his methods for purchasing horses with BloodHorseNOW.com reporter Lenny Shulman.

Breeders' Cup Focus: Unbridled Belle

Breeders' Cup Focus: Unbridled Belle

Unbridled Belle has lived in the shadow of her more illustrious stablemates for most of her career. But when Todd Pletcher trainees Rags to Riches, Indian Vale, Panty Raid, and Octave stepped out of the spotlight, the grade I-winning Broken Vow filly got her chance to shine.

Commentary: Howdy, Partner

Commentary: Howdy, Partner

By Dan Liebman - What was the most interesting thing about the $2.2 million sale topper of the annual Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale was not the breeder, consignor, or sire of the colt, but the buyer and underbidder.

Tiago Looking to Earn Return Ticket Back East

Tiago Looking to Earn Return Ticket Back East

Yes, there are 3-year-olds west of the Mississippi this year. Which one, or ones, will earn the right to take on the big guns back east will be decided in Saturday's $350,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II), where Tiago will make his first start in California since winning the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

Irwin Buys Siegel's Team Valor Share

Irwin Buys Siegel's Team Valor Share

Barry Irwin has purchased Jeff Siegel's interest in Team Valor and will operate the stable as its sole owner, the Versailles-based company announced July 3.

Not On the Level

By Barry Irwin - Our sport is not ready for prime-time exposure because it is corrupt at its very core. The essence of racing is handicapping a race and betting on it. If one cannot present a level playing field, what is there to promote?

Becrux Not Eligible for Breeders' Cup Mile

Bell Woodbine Mile (Can-I) winner Becrux is an unlikely candidate for the NetJets' Breeders' Cup Mile (Gr. IT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 4 because he isn't nominated, according to Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor, the syndicate that co-owns the 4-year-old colt along with Gary Barber.

Becrux Not Eligible for Breeders' Cup Mile

Bell Woodbine Mile (Can-I) winner Becrux is an unlikely candidate for the NetJets' Breeders' Cup Mile (Gr. IT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 4 because he isn't nominated, according to Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor, the syndicate that co-owns the 4-year-old colt along with Gary Barber.

Race for Education Names Irwin First 'Valedictorian'

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The Race for Education presented its first Valedictorian Award to Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor. Created to recognize exceptional support by a volunteer or board member, the award was presented to Irwin at the Thoroughbred Fraternity Party, held June 17 at the Kentucky Derby Museum to benefit The Race for Education and Klein Family Learning Center.

Canadian Champ Added Edge Retired

Team Valor and Robert Wilson's multiple grade III winner Added Edge, who went unbeaten in four starts when voted champion 2-year-old colt in Canada, has been retired from racing. Stud plans have not been determined.

Sweet Stream Gets Rider for Melbourne Cup

Sweet Stream, the French-based mare who booked passage to the Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) with a convincing victory last week in the Park Hill Stakes (Eng-II) in England, will be ridden Nov. 1 at Flemington by veteran jockey Greg Childs.

Derby Doc

By Barry Irwin - Alex Harthill never wanted to be the author or the subject of a book about his life, preferring to protect his friends, dead or alive. "Doc" passed July 16, but versions of his tales will be told as long as racing offices crank out overnights.

Racing Needs Independent Agency

By Barry Irwin -- Racing is at a crossroads on many fronts these days. The New York Racing Association has its back up against the wall. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is in a leadership transition. The Thoroughbred Championship Tour is trying to get off the ground. Purses face erosion from off-shore betting schemes. But the single greatest problem facing the game--how to restore integrity to the race itself--is not receiving the attention it so desperately requires.

Team Valor Buys Half-Interest in Cartoonist

Team Valor has purchased a 50% interest in Cartoonist, who broke his maiden by two lengths at the Fair Grounds. The juvenile colt is a half-brother to multiple grade I winner Voodoo Dancer and is by Louisiana Derby (gr. III) winner Comic Strip.

Krone Back in New York for Long Island 'Cap

Five years after riding her last race in New York, Julie Krone – the most successful female jockey of all time – returns to the Big Apple on Saturday to pilot Team Valor Stables' Banyu Dewi in the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Aqueduct turf.

Team Valor Hires Nicks as Private Trainer

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Ralph Nicks, a former assistant to Bill Mott, has been hired by Team Valor and will become the stable's private trainer, Team Valor president Barry Irwin said Tuesday.

Club Med

By Ray Paulick -- As a move toward uniform drug rules progresses, it's obvious that no policy will please everyone.

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