Keyword: Barry Irwin

  • TCI - Kentucky Oaks Preview (Video)

    A special Triple Crown Insider looks at the Kentucky Oaks, including an interview with Barry Irwin of Team Valor, owners of Summer Soiree.

  • Summer Soiree

    Summer Soiree Bought by Team Valor

    Summer Soiree, who romped by 10 3/4 lengths in the March 26 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park, has been bought by Team Valor International and will be pointed to the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Team Valor, Denali Stud in Partnership

    Team Valor and Denali Stud have formed a strategic alliance that, among other things, will allow the international racing stable to use the Kentucky breeding farm and consignor as its exclusive boarding and sales agent.

  • Gitano Hernando has a legitimate chance to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

    Gitano Hernando a Star on the Rise

    With a victory in the 2009 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) already in the books, Gitano Hernando now has a legitimate chance to win the world's richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 27 at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Kinsella

    Kinsella Euthanized After Workout

    Kinsella, who sold for a sale-topping $2.2 million at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale, was euthanized Jan. 25 after breaking down following a workout over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface.

  • Goodwood winner Gitano Hernando

    Gitano Hernando to Bypass Breeders' Cup

    Team Valor International announced Oct. 20 that Gitano Hernando, upset winner of the Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) in his North American debut, will not run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Nov. 7.

  • Gitano Hernando hold off Colonel John to upset the Goodwood Stakes.

    Gitano Hernando Gets Giant Goodwood Upset

    Europeans got an early start on the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) this year when British import Gitano Hernando, ridden by Kieren Fallon, upset favored Colonel John in Oak Tree's $350,000 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 10.

  • Zenyatta won the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on August 9.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8394821%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Zenyatta's Turn

    Now that Rachel Alexandra is through for the year, it is time for Zenyatta, the defending Queen of all Turfdom, to take center stage, and her presence will be a welcome sight in a year where the Breeders' Cup has gone a bit haywire.

  • King of the Roxy Wins First Start at 'Home'

    Team Valor Stables' Ohio-bred King of the Roxy, voted Ohio Horse of the Year in 2007, made his first start in his home state a winning one Aug. 28 when he captured the $50,000 Honey Jay Stakes at Thistledown.

  • Unbridled Belle won the 2008 Obeah and will try to add the 2009 version to her resume.

    Unbridled Belle Seeks Obeah Stakes Repeat

    Team Valor Stables' Unbridled Belle turned in an uncharacteristically poor performance in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II) last out, but her connections say they are hopeful the 6-year-old mare will rebound with a big effort in the $125,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III), a race that she won a year ago.

  • Sailor's Cap won the Poker Stakes on June 14.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8235558%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sailor's Cap Dies Days After Winning Poker

    Sailor's Cap, upset winner of the Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 14 at Belmont Park, collapsed and died in his stall in trainer J. J. Toner's barn at 4:30 a. m. EDT on June 17.

  • Derby Trial winner Hull will skip the Preakness.

    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 stays perfect with a win in the Derby Trial.

    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.

  • King's Bishop winner Visionaire will not be pointed to the Breeders' Cup.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5634089%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    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.

  • Storm Cat filly, topped Monday's session of the Saratoga sale.

    Average, Median Rise at Saratoga Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, a small boutique auction that offers quality horses, got off to what the company's chairman, D.G. Van Clief Jr., termed "a solid start " Aug. 4 in New York.

  • A.P. Indy colt, brought the day's second-highest price of $1.2 million.

    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.

  • Storm Cat Filly Brings $1.5 Million

    Barry Irwin of Team Valor Stables went to $1.5 million to secure a lovely daughter of Storm Cat as the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling came to a close Aug. 4.

  • Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearling Sale

    Economy Squeezes F-T July Yearling Sale

    Perhaps Mark Toothaker of Legacy Bloodstock said it best during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction: "The bull's-eye is getting smaller on what the marketplace is wanting. It's gone from about the size of a quarter to the size of a dime."

  • 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.

  • Saratoga Sale Topper in Training

    Kinsella, the $2.2-million sale-topper at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction, is in training with Todd Pletcher and could make his racing debut late this year.

  • Visionaire will run next in the Gotham Stakes.

    Visionaire Headed for Gotham Stakes

    Visionaire, third to Pyro in the Risen Star Stakes (gr.III) at the Fair Grounds Feb. 9, will run next in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 8, majority owner Barry Irwin said Feb. 28.

  • Aron Wellman

    Aron Wellman Joins Team Valor

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

  • Kellyn Gorder

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Gallant Bloom winner Jazzy would have to be supplemented to enter the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Dirt Sprint.

    BC Bid by Jazzy May Hinge on La Traviata

    Discussions are under way on whether to supplement Gallant Bloom Stakes (gr. II) winner Jazzy to the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Dirt Sprint.

  • Dan Liebman<br>Executive Editor

    Commentary: Howdy, Partner

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - 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.

  • Santa Anita Derby winner Tiago will try to capture the Swaps this Saturday at Hollywood.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D979467%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    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

    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

    <em>By Barry Irwin</em> - 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?

  • King of the Roxy won the Futurity at Belmont.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprocess%3Dgallery%26gallery_id%3DS279373%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D565568%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Team Valor Purchase Lands in Breeders' Cup Juvenile

    A few minutes after King of the Roxy broke his maiden in his second start July 2 at Hollywood Park, Barry Irwin was on the phone speaking with his Team Valor partner, Jeff Siegel. Now they have a contender for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).