Megan Jones

Megan Jones

Courtesy Team Valor

New Team Valor Partnership to Help Charity

New partnership will give portion of horse's purses to Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

Team Valor International has established a new partnership that will designate a portion of the race earnings from the juvenile filly Tuttipaesi to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure charity.

According to an announcement from Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin, the Valor Ladies LLC partnership was conceived by Team Valor’s Megan Jones. The partnership’s first horse will be Tuttipaesi, the highest ranked 2-year-old of either sex to have raced in Italy this season, according to a Team Valor release. The release said the Irish-bred filly, whose name is pronounced pronounced "two tee pie A.Z." (when translated from Italian means “all countries”) will be sent immediately from her home base in Rome to Newmarket, England, where she will be prepared for her United States invasion by Marco Botti.

“Megan came to me with a concept to form a new type of partnership that would be for women only,” Irwin said in the release. “Her idea was to start off with a horse that would be guaranteed to race mostly in stakes, in various locales of the country, in order to give the participants a reason to go out of town and have fun like their husbands do with Team Valor.

“To give a special purpose to the new group, Megan thought that it would be a wonderful idea if a charity was designated that could receive a meaningful portion of the horse’s earnings. Megan has settled on the Susan G. Komen For the Cure charity. It was decided that 25% of any net operating profits, which is defined as the difference between earnings and expenses, be donated to the breast cancer cause.”

The release said the partnership will be operated by Jones.