Bradley Weisbord has been hired by Barry Irwin as chief operating officer of Team Valor International. Weisbord spent the last two years as business/racing manager for leading owner Ahmed Zayat.
He previously worked at Thoroughbred Daily News, which was established by his father, Barry Weisbord.
“I can’t even imagine a better qualified young man in the entire industry for our enterprise,” Irwin said in a statement. “Running a racing stable takes a guy that can think on his feet, has the courage of his convictions, and a love of the game and the people that want to play it.
"Bradley not only reflects these attributes, but he has talent. Look what he just did in assisting Bobby Flay to win his first grade I with Her Smile. He ensures continuity for the long-range future of Team Valor.”
Weisbord begins working for Team Valor the week of Aug. 8. He will marry his University of Wisconsin sweetheart Rebecca Miller in January, and the newlyweds will set up residency in Kentucky next spring.
Weisbord was recommended for the position with Team Valor by Denali Stud owner Craig Bandoroff, who formed a strategic alliance earlier this year with Team Valor. “I think he is a perfect fit,” said Bandoroff, who not only houses all of Team Valor’s domestic stock at his Paris, Ky., farm, but is a partner in several horses as well as the barn at Fair Hill Training Center.
“We have big plans for the immediate future,” Irwin said. “I need to free myself to spend more time promoting the company. Bradley can step right in and make an impact. This will allow the company to grow.
"My intention is for Bradley to learn the ropes at Team Valor and eventually have him run the company, which in turn would provide me with the luxury of concentrating on things that I do best.”
Irwin has created a structure under which Weisbord would become an equity holder in Team Valor in as early as three years, with larger interests over time.
“I fully expect Bradley to become experienced enough with our operation to move into a different phase of the business and be running the stable," Irwin said. "I don’t plan to go anywhere, but I have reached a point where I think the company would be best served by having me spend my time more fully implementing my overall vision for Team Valor.”
“I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity Mr. Zayat gave me at a young age and for the trust he put in me to run his stable," Weisbord said. "We enjoyed a lot of success on the track, winning more than 120 races in a year and a half, while racing 19 stakes winners, among them nine graded stakes winners and four grade I winners.
“I am looking forward to working with Barry Irwin and the Team Valor International team."