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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.

Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Anybody's Ballgame

A wide-open field of 11 passed the entry box for Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II), the first of three stakes on day two of Keeneland's 17-day fall meeting. The race is a key prep for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) as several of the 2-year-olds in the field will be testing two turns for the first time.

Here and There

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MSNBC presents documentary "Thoroughbred: Stable To Stardom" on Aug. 24...Team Valor purchases River Belle.

Break the Habit

By Barry Irwin -- A medication policy for horse racing of hay, oats, and water would place everybody on a level playing field. It would save the expense-plagued owner thousands of dollars every year on every horse in the barn.

Golf Star Player Meets Turf Star Ipi Tombe

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South African golf legend Gary Player, fresh off Sunday's final round play of the U.S. Senior Open at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, stopped at Churchill Downs on Monday to visit another of his country's notable exports: Ipi Tombe, winner of Saturday's Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) in her U.S. racing debut.

Ipi Tombe Shows Style in U.S. Debut

Overcoming a slow break, Ipi Tombe showed her South African championship form in her American debut to register a no-sweat half-length victory in Saturday's $164,400 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. It was her eighth consecutive triumph.

All Eyes On Ipi Tombe in Locust Grove

The international reputation of Ipi Tombe has helped limit the opposition to only five rivals as the South African champion makes her American racing debut Saturday in the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

Ipi Tombe Breezes for Locust Grove

Ipi Tombe completed her serious training for her American racing debut in Saturday's $150,000 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) by breezing a half-mile Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Zimbabwe-bred daughter of Manshood covered four furlongs around the dogs on firm turf in :51 for trainer Elliott Walden.

Ipi Tombe Impresses Day, Walden in Work

South African champion Ipi Tombe moved another step closer to her American racing debut, turning in a sharp five furlong workout Thursday on Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course.

Ipi Tombe Breezes at Churchill Downs

South African champion Ipi Tombe, a dazzling winner over males in the Dubai Duty Free on the Dubai World Cup undercard, turned in her second U.S. breeze on Thursday for new trainer Elliott Walden.

Team Valor Buys Sir Cat Filly

Team Valor has purchased Run Cat Run, a 6 1/2-length winner in an April 16 maiden special weight contest at Pimlico, from owner and trainer John Salzman.

OBS March Sale Gets Off To A Strong Start

The looming war with Iraq did not diminish the enthusiasm of buyers at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select auction of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday. The sale got off to a strong start in Florida, posting significant increases in gross revenue and average price over last year's first session.

Luvah Girl Nips Katdogwan in La Habra

English-bred Luvah Girl wore down Himalayan in the stretch run and held off a flying Katdogawn by a head to capture Friday's $110,800 La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a head at Santa Anita Park.

Luvah Girl Well Spotted in La Habra

Luvah Girl, front-running winner of the seven-furlong, Group II Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket in her final race in England in October, will be part of a full field of 14 for her United States debut Friday in the $100,000 La Habra Stakes at Santa Anita.

Team Valor's Omega Code Zips in First Work

San Miguel (gr. III) winner Omega Code posted his first breeze for new owners Team Valor Sunday, zipping a bullet five furlongs in :58 2/5 breezing at Santa Anita while in company with the John Dolan-trained Alices Silver Lady, who was given the same time as her workmate. The moves were easily the fastest of the 56 who worked at the distance.

Needed: Honest Effort

By Barry Irwin -- It is high time the entrepreneurs who have invested billions of dollars in facilities and politicians that can appoint individuals to racing boards make an honest effort to listen to the concerns of those folks who wager on horse racing.

Frankel's Glia Faces Mott Trio in Mrs. Revere

Hall of Fame trainers Bobby Frankel and Bill Mott will face off Saturday at Churchill Downs in Saturday's $150,000-added Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf.

Added Edge Romps in Four-Horse Swynford

There were only four horses in Sunday's $133,250 Swynford Stakes for 2-year-olds at Woodbine Sunday, but as far as Mark Casse, trainer of the winning Added Edge, is concerned, it didn't matter how many ran.

Delta Form in Better Form for Turf Classic

Gary Barber and Team Valor Stable's Delta Form will arrive at Belmont Park Sept. 22 to run in the Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) on Sept. 29. The weight-for-age Turf Classic, at 1 1/2 miles on the turf will be televised live by NBC (4:30 p.m EDT).

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