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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).

Cashier's Dream Gives Team Valor Derby Week Win in La Troienne

Wednesday, Team Valor's Steve Asmussen trainee Windward Passage was denied a berth in the Kentucky Derby due to the surprise entry of Bob Baffert-trained Danthebluegrassman. Team Valor and Asmussen turned the tables on Baffert Thursday when their Cashier's Dream outdueled Baffert-trained Shameful to win the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Here and There

New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund establishes new deadlines regarding stallion applications...Auction and fundraiser to benefit Betsy Wells scheduled for April 28...2002 Class of Hall of Fame inductees to be named April 30.

Bella Bella Bella Remains Undefeated After Santa Ysabel Win

Team Valor's Bella Bella Bella raced wide around both turns, then dueled with Tamarack Bay through the stretch to win Sunday's $105,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) by a neck. Later on the card, Mountain Rage closed from ninth-place to win the $75,000 Hill Rise Stakes on a firm turf course.

Bella Bella Bella to be Challenged by Three in Santa Ysabel

Team Valor's Bella Bella Bella has bent sent off favored in both her career starts and that trend will likely continue in Sunday's $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III). Golden Ballet Stakes winner Bella Bella Bella will face just three rivals -- one per Bella -- in the 1 1/16-mile Santa Ysabel, two maiden winners and the maiden Gaslamp Girl.

November Sale Coverage From the Magazine: Predictable Downturn

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale used to be one of the Thoroughbred marketplace's strongest performers. Two years ago, the auction established a world record for gross revenue and sold more horses than ever before. Last year, it offered the largest catalogue in its history, set a new November standard for average price, and erased all existing Keeneland marks for single session gross and the number of horses sold for seven-figure prices. But those days of glory are over now.

Team Valor Announces Scholarship Winner

Team Valor has selected Iona College sophomore Marie Taylor as the recipient of its inaugural Valordictorian Award. The 19-year-old resident of Floral Park, N.Y., will be presented with a $25,000 check by Team Valor president Barry Irwin after the fifth race at Saratoga Friday.

Michigan-Bred Juvenile Filly Breaks Course Record in Debutante

Michigan-bred Cashier's Dream remained undefeated when posting a 3 1/2-length win in Saturday's $110,500 Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The 2-year-old daughter of Service Stripe led all the way and stopped the timer in 1:02.52 after completing the 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track under Donnie Meche. The winning time eclipses Leelanau's track record of 1:03.11 established earlier in the meet.

Golden Ballet Arrives in Kentucky

Golden Ballet, leader of the 3-year-old filly division this year on the basis of her two grade I stakes victories before being retired after suffering a bowed tendon, arrived at Craig Banderoff's Denali Stud on Monday, June 18.

Golden Ballet Arrives in Kentucky

Golden Ballet, leader of the 3-year-old filly division this year on the basis of her two grade I stakes victories before being retired after suffering a bowed tendon, arrived at Craig Banderoff's Denali Stud on Monday, June 18.

Team Valor Antes Up For Education

Team Valor, the racing partnership that will be represented by longshot Dr Greenfield in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, is establishing a scholarship program to benefit children of racetrack backstretch workers.

Golden Ballet Arrives in Kentucky

Golden Ballet, leader of the 3-year-old filly division this year on the basis of her two grade I stakes victories before being retired after suffering a bowed tendon, arrived at Craig Banderoff's Denali Stud on Monday, June 18.

Dr Greenfield Turns in Sharp Work for Belmont

Team Valor's Dr Greenfield, winner of the listed Dee Stakes at Chester in his last start, worked a half-mile out of the gate Saturday morning at trainer Gerard Butler's yard near Lambourn, England. Butler, a former assistant to D. Wayne Lukas and Rodney Rash, said the son of Dr Devious couldn't be doing any better.

Team Valor's Dr. Greenfield Heading For Belmont Stakes

Remember My Memoirs, who finished a fast-closing second to A.P. Indy at 18-1 in the 1992 Belmont Stakes? Well, that English import's owner, Team Valor, will have another one just like him in this year's Belmont Stakes. Dr. Greenfield, who was purchased by Team Valor after breaking his maiden by 7 lengths on the all-weather (dirt) track at Lingfield on Nov. 9, captured Thursday's 1 1/4-mile Dee Stakes at Chester over highly regarded Grandera.

Santa Anita Race Report: Golden Ballet Passes Another Test

The pace was hot, and she'd been running hard from the moment the flag fell. Those who stayed close early had paid a painful price. Now, with just a quarter-mile left to run, Golden Ballet was being put to the test. A new challenge, the Seattle Slew filly Flute, had come peeling around the bend, braced to blow right on by. To that point in her career, Golden Ballet had sparkled. She had been flashy, breaking her maiden in a stakes and doing it in record time. She had been coveted, purchased privately by high rollers looking for the next superstar. She had been resilient, roaring back from a summertime illness to completely flatten her competition. And when she finally caught sight of Flute turning for home in the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks, the daughter of Moscow Ballet let everyone know what she's made of.

Golden Ballet May Face Colts After Santa Anita Oaks

If Golden Ballet is as brilliant in the Mar. 10 Santa Anita Oaks as she's been in her two starts this year, then beware, boys. Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor, who co-owns the daughter of Moscow Ballet, told The Blood-Horse that if Golden Ballet comes out of the Oaks in good shape, there is a good chance she will then take on the colts.

Golden Ballet Dances to Victory in Las Virgenes

Golden Ballet continued her dominance of Southern California's 3-year-old filly division Saturday with a 2 1/2-length victory over Two Item Limit in the $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Chris McCarron at high weight of 122 pounds, Golden Ballet ran one mile in 1:36.89 on a fast main track and returned $2.80, $2.60 and $2.10. It was the fourth straight victory for Golden Ballet –- all in stakes races –- and her first win in a grade I event. Jenine Sahadi trains the winner for Team Valor and Heiligbrodt Racing Stables.

Golden Ballet Dances to Santa Ynez Victory

Golden Ballet made a sparkling return with a seven-length victory in the grade II, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park on Saturday. Golden Ballet, racing for the first time since June, ran seven furlongs in 1:22 1/5 and paid $4.20, $3 and $3. Chris McCarron was up at 123 pounds for Team Valor and Heiligbrodt Racing Stables.

The Deputy Retired to Stud at Margaux Farm

The Deputy, winner of this year's Santa Anita Derby sent off as the second choice in the Kentucky Derby, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky. Owned by Steve Johnson, Dr. Ira Mersack, and Rick Trontz, Margaux purchased a half-interest in Irish-bred The Deputy from Team Valor (Barry Irwin, president) and Gary Barber. The Deputy, who came up with a filling in a tendon while being prepared for the Malibu Stakes, will stand for $7,500 live foal.

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