Team Valor International

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Coordinates: 38°07′49″N 84°47′01″W / 38.130329°N 84.78349°W / 38.130329; -84.78349

Team Valor Stable LLC is an American Thoroughbred horse racing stable based in Versailles, Kentucky. It was founded by Barry Irwin and Jeff Siegel who create partnerships (syndicates) with racing enthusiasts to race Thoroughbred horses at major racing venues, primarily in North America.[1]

In early July 2007, Barry Irwin acquired the equity position held by Jeff Siegel and changed the name of the operation to Team Valor International.

In keeping with the new name, Team Valor became more internationally focused as Irwin proposed to seek out more excellent stock abroad, having proven earlier that it could be just as lucrative and exciting as finding runners in North America.[2]

In 2011, Team Valor's colt Animal Kingdom, who was also bred by Barry Irwin, won the Kentucky Derby.[3] At the age of five, Team Valor's Animal Kingdom won the world's richest race, The Dubai World Cup, with a total purse of $10 Million.

International champions[edit]

Under the guidance of stable manager Barry Irwin, the racing stable has campaigned 14 International Champions and Highweights:

  • Ipi Tombe (Zimbabwe) -- Horse of the Year in Dubai
  • Sweet Stream (Italy) -- Top-weighted Staying Mare at age 5 in England
  • Animal Kingdom (USA) -- Champion Colt at age 3 in USA
  • Free At Last (USA) -- Champion Colt at age 2 in Canada
  • Added Edge (USA) -- Champion Colt at 2 in Canada
  • Becrux (Italy) -- Champion Colt at 2 in Italy
  • Carnadore (South Africa) -- Champion Colt at 2 in South Africa
  • Russian Sage (S. Africa) -- Champion Colt at 3 in South Africa
  • Captain's Lover (S. Africa) -- Champion Filly at 3 in South Africa
  • Iridescence (S. Africa) -- Champion Filly at 3 in South Africa
  • Torgau (Ireland) -- Cartier Racing Award in England, top-weighted 2yo filly in Ireland
  • Star of Cozzene (USA) -- Top-weighted 3yo colt on turf in USA
  • Political Ambition (USA) -- Top-weighted 3yo colt on turf in USA
  • Prized (USA) -- Top-weighted 3yo colt on turf in USA

Regional champions to race for Team Valor include:

  • Prized (USA) -- Horse of the Year and Champion 3yo Colt in Florida
  • Cashier's Dream (USA) -- Horse of the Year in Michigan
  • Thomas Jo (USA) -- Horse of the Year and Champion 3yo in Texas
  • King of the Roxy (USA) -- Horse of the Year and Outstanding 3yo Colt in Ohio
  • Golden Ballet (USA) -- Champion Filly at 3 in California
  • Le Grande Danseur (USA) -- Champion Colt at 2 in New York
  • Sally Bowles (South Africa) -- Champion Filly at 2 in Kwa-Zulu-Natal region SAF
  • Stratos (South Africa) -- Champion Older Mare in Highveld region SAF

Team Valor has campaigned 26 individual Grade 1 winners around the globe:

  • Animal Kingdom (USA)
  • Becrux (Italy)
  • Captain Bodgit (USA)
  • Captain's Lover (South Africa)
  • Carnadore (South Africa)
  • Cashier's Dream (USA)
  • Ebony Flyer (South Africa)
  • Euro Charline (USA)
  • Gitano Hernando (USA)
  • Golden Ballet (USA)
  • Gypsy's Warning (USA)
  • Ipi Tombe (Zim)
  • Iridescence (South Africa)
  • Little Miss Magic (South Africa)
  • Martial Law (Great Britain)
  • On Her Toes (South Africa)
  • Political Ambition (USA)
  • Prized (USA)
  • Russian Sage (South Africa)
  • Star of Cozzene (USA)
  • Stratos (South Africa)
  • Summer Soiree (USA)
  • Sweet Stream (Italy)
  • The Deputy (Ireland)
  • Unbridled Belle (USA)
  • Visionaire (USA)

Graded races[edit]

International Grade 1 victories earned by Team Valor runners include: