Thoroughbreds News

Rymska goes last to first in Winter Memories Stakes
December 30, 2017

Rymska goes last to first in Winter Memories Stakes

Rymska, trained by Chad Brown, added the Winter Memories to earlier victories this year in the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant at Gulfstream in February and the Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks at Laurel in September. The layoff in between was precipitated by a tendon issue, according to Sol Kumin, whose Sheep Pond Partners owns Rymska in partnership with Alain Jathiere, Thomas Coleman, and Elayne Herrick.
September 30, 2017

Rymska Flies Late To Win Commonwealth Oaks

Jockey Feargal Lynch rode his third winner on Saturday's card when guiding Sheep Pond Partners, Alain Jathiere, Tom Coleman and Norton Herrick's Rymska to victory in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks.
May 4, 2017

Real Estate Mogul And Hollywood/Broadway Producer Norton Herrick Runs For The Roses A 6th Time With 'Tapwrit'

Norton Herrick, Chairman and CEO of The Herrick Company, Inc., one of the nation's largest investment firms, is headed to Churchill Downs once again, seeking his second Kentucky Derby crown with thoroughbred 'Tapwrit.' Herrick, along with Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, is a partner in the prized thoroughbred.
Rymska a formidable contender for Brown in Sweetest Chant
February 1, 2017

Rymska a formidable contender for Brown in Sweetest Chant

With five wins in the last six runnings of the $100,000 Sweetest Chant (G3), trainer Chad Brown has a formidable contender for this year’s renewal in Rymska, who will face eight others in the turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
April 29, 2016

NORTON HERRICK’S RACEHORSE ‘DESTIN’ A KENTUCKY DERBY FAVORITE

Norton Herrick, Chairman and CEO of The Herrick Company, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investment firms, is headed to Churchill Downs again, this time looking for his second Kentucky Derby crown in the past five years.
Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for April 27
April 27, 2016

Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for April 27

There were no changes to the Derby Watch top 20 from last week to this week, not in terms of the lineup or the future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper, who has Nyquist as the 7-2 favorite 10 days out from the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Nyquist is scheduled for his final pre-Derby workout on Friday at Keeneland. A minority ownership stake in Destin, the winner of the Tampa Bay Derby, was acquired on Tuesday by the Eclipse Thoroughbreds partnership.
Destin looks Kentucky Derby player at 20-1
April 11, 2016

Destin looks Kentucky Derby player at 20-1

SONGBIRD tops the US three-year-old rankings after cantering to success in the Santa Anita Oaks on Saturday, but connections are adamant she will not run in the Kentucky Derby.
Making the Grade: Destin
March 18, 2016

Making the Grade: Destin

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown. We'll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style, connections (owner, trainer, jockey) and pedigree.
Destin, Danzing Candy Make Top 5 in NTRA Poll
March 14, 2016

Destin, Danzing Candy Make Top 5 in NTRA Poll

Destin and Danzing Candy, respective winners of classics preps on the East Coast and West Coast March 12, made the top five in this week's National Thoroughbred Racing Association top 3-year-old poll released March 14.
Norton Herrick's Racehorse 'Matterhorn' Joins Lineup for Belmont Stakes
June 4, 2014

Norton Herrick's Racehorse 'Matterhorn' Joins Lineup for Belmont Stakes

Norton Herrick, Chairman and CEO of The Herrick Company, Inc., one of the nation's largest investment firms, and partner with Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Kiki Courtelis of Town & Country Farm Corp., will race the partnership's prized Tapit colt, Matterhorn, in this year's Belmont Stakes, which will be held Saturday, June 7.
April 30, 2014

Norton Herrick's Racehorse 'Danza' A Major Kentucky Derby Favorite

"We are excited to once again have a thoroughbred racing in this year's Kentucky Derby, where we won in 2011 with Animal Kingdom," said Norton Herrick, Chairman of The Herrick Company. "We are confident that Danza can repeat the success he's had in past races."

April 27, 2014

SUMMERHILLS VISIONAIRE A HIT AT THE SALE

Summerhill Studs exciting young stallion Visionaire made a big impression on day one of the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
THE BEST ANIMAL IN THE KINGDOM
May 9, 2013

THE BEST ANIMAL IN THE KINGDOM

The latest World Thoroughbred Rankings rate Animal Kingdom better than the best colts in a group that respected form analyst Dominic Beirne describes as "one of the two greatest seasons of Australian three-year-olds in the modern era."
Team Valor International: MONDAY MORNING MEMO
May 6, 2013

Team Valor International: MONDAY MORNING MEMO

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE created a commemorative envelope for Animal Kingdom thanks to some promotional assistance from AK partner Norton Herrick. Partners can order them from Amy Collingsworth (amy@teamvalor.com) for a discounted rate of $6, a $4 savings from the retail price at the post office. No wonder they are going broke! Barry Irwin and Norton Herrick were on site for the unveiling of the ttractive envelope that is part of the USPS's historic eries that also features Barbaro.
Sheikh Mohammed lands stake in Animal Kingdom after Dubai World Cup win
April 4, 2013

Sheikh Mohammed lands stake in Animal Kingdom after Dubai World Cup win

Animal Kingdom became the first horse trained in America to win the World Cup on Tapeta last week and the performance has resulted in Sheikh Mohammed purchasing a 29 per cent interest in the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner.

His Darley breeding operation purchased 14 shares in the giant chestnut colt, with John Messara, the owner of the Australia-based Arrowfield stud, in control with 24 shares.

Animal Kingdom supreme beyond all borders
March 31, 2013

Animal Kingdom supreme beyond all borders

True to its billing, as a World Cup, the 18th running of the richest horserace on the planet offered fresh courage and inspiration to those determined that frontiers should no longer be perceived as barriers. Over the past couple of years, they have endured dispiriting retrenchment by insular forces on either side of the Atlantic. In the United States, brave attempts to fill in a moat of drugs and dirt seem to have been defeated, for now, by vested interests. In Britain, meanwhile, momentous opportunity and investment have been dissipated by misapprehensions that seem barely less parochial. The champion who united the attention of both cultures on Saturday, however, offers a wholesome reproof to each.

Sets to speak of
March 24, 2013

Sets to speak of

NORTON Herrick, who’s producing “Very Good Girls” with very good girls Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, plus “2 Guns” with big guns Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, has also produced thoroughbred Animal Kingdom (2011 Derby winner) to take Dubai’s $10,000,000 World Cup March 30. For 3-year-olds, 1 ¹/‚„ miles on synthetic surface, Meydan Racecourse is the world’s richest horse race.
April 30, 2012

After Derby Win With Long Shot, Hoping That History Will Repeat

April 27, 2012

Four Animal Kingdom partners back for encore at Churchill Castellano, Herrick, Pascarella, Zoldan go for derby double Went The Day Well has Barry Irwin's Team Valor in rare position

ANIMAL KINGDOM CROWNED CHAMPION 3-YEAR-OLD ON MONDAY NIGHT DERBY WINNER REIGNS AS FIRST AMERICAN CHAMPION FOR TEAM VALOR MARK POLIVKA ACCEPTS TROPHY AT ECLIPSE AWARDS IN BEVERLY HILLS
February 1, 2012

ANIMAL KINGDOM CROWNED CHAMPION 3-YEAR-OLD ON MONDAY NIGHT DERBY WINNER REIGNS AS FIRST AMERICAN CHAMPION FOR TEAM VALOR MARK POLIVKA ACCEPTS TROPHY AT ECLIPSE AWARDS IN BEVERLY HILLS

Animal Kingdom's Kentucky Derby triumph resonated as the deciding factor in the most dramatic category at the 41st Eclipse Awards ceremony on Monday night in Beverly Hills, as the Team Valor International home-bred prevailed as champion 3-year-old male of 2011.
NORTON HERRICK SCORES IN POPULAR FOLLOW THE VALOR CONTEST GRAND PRIZE IS 5-PERCENT INTEREST IN ANY HORSE SYNDICATED IN 2012 GREG STERCK, WARREN AND DARLENE MOESSNER ALSO GARNER AWARDS
January 3, 2012

NORTON HERRICK SCORES IN POPULAR FOLLOW THE VALOR CONTEST GRAND PRIZE IS 5-PERCENT INTEREST IN ANY HORSE SYNDICATED IN 2012 GREG STERCK, WARREN AND DARLENE MOESSNER ALSO GARNER AWARDS

After enjoying an unforgettable 2011 as a partner in Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and several other Team Valor stars, Norton Herrick also proved to be an astute handicapper of the stable itself, taking down the prize in the popular Follow the Valor contest annual contest.
Follow the Valor Contest wide open with month remaining stable's 48 wins in 2011 have 45 partners in hunt for first place Herrick may be in cat bird's seat, unless his own horse wins G1
December 7, 2011

Follow the Valor Contest wide open with month remaining stable's 48 wins in 2011 have 45 partners in hunt for first place Herrick may be in cat bird's seat, unless his own horse wins G1

Team Valor International received 121 entries for its popular Follow the Valor contest that challenged partners to predict the stable's win total for 2011. With a month left in the season, 45 partners are with in close range of the moving target.
Belmont Stakes: Maragh gets 7-day suspension for careless riding
June 16, 2011

Belmont Stakes: Maragh gets 7-day suspension for careless riding

ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockey Rajiv Maragh on Sunday will begin serving a seven-day suspension for a careless riding infraction for the incident at the start of last Saturday's Belmont Stakes. The suspension, handed down by the three New York stewards, was originally 10 days but was reduced to seven after Maragh waived his right of appeal.
Belmont Stakes 2011: Isn't He Perfect Isn't the Only One to Blame
June 14, 2011

Belmont Stakes 2011: Isn't He Perfect Isn't the Only One to Blame

The blame of Animal Kingdom's bad fortune seems to have fallen on one horse in the Belmont Stakes (G1), but is Isn't He Perfect really the sole horse to blame?
June 13, 2011

Triple Crown race winners finish atop Three-Year-Old Poll

Kentucky Derby champ Animal Kingdom finished in first-place in the final NTRA Three-Year-Old Poll of 2011. The colt led the voting ever since he posted his victory in the Run for the Roses as a 20-1 longshot.
Wide-open still belongs to Animal Kingdom
June 12, 2011

Wide-open still belongs to Animal Kingdom

If one image sums up the scrambled state of this year's three-year-old division, it's Animal Kingdom's clipping heels in the opening strides of Saturday's Belmont Stakes, eliminating his chances before the real running even started. The same tired theme has repeated itself all season: a talented colt, on the verge of solidifying his status as the leader of the classic generation, was tripped up -- only this time, it happened literally and not just figuratively.
With Winners Times Three, Triple Crown Settles Little
June 12, 2011

With Winners Times Three, Triple Crown Settles Little

Now what? That was what horse owners and trainers who survived the Triple Crown were thinking Sunday in the wake of Ruler on Ice's improbable victory in the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes. With long-shot winners in each of the three legs of the series, the 3-year-old division is still in search of a champion.
Belmont Stakes 2011: Animal Kingdom Leads Potential Field
June 2, 2011

Belmont Stakes 2011: Animal Kingdom Leads Potential Field

Animal Kingdom Should Be Favorite For Belmont Stakes 2011

Animal Kingdom leads the pack of favorites if trainer Graham Motion decides to run him in this year's edition of the Belmont Stakes. The horse came in 2nd during the Preakness, and lost by less than a length to Shackleford.
Belmont Stakes Contenders: Animal Kingdom Profile and Predictions
June 2, 2011

Belmont Stakes Contenders: Animal Kingdom Profile and Predictions

Animal Kingdom finished a hard-charging second in the Preakness Stakes. He was within a half a length of Shackleford at the finish and he was closing fast. He had no excuse for the result.
June 2, 2011

Belmont Stakes: Animal Kingdom to work in New York on Monday

Animal Kingdom, the Kentucky Derby winner, will be sent to Belmont Park this weekend to prepare for the June 11 Belmont Stakes and is slated to work a half-mile there on Monday, Barry Irwin, the president of the Team Valor International partnership that owns Animal Kingdom, informed on Tuesday morning.
June 1, 2011

Animal Kingdom remains Belmont choice in Triple Crown poll

In the second of three weekly polls leading up to the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 11 Animal Kingdom continues to lead the way in the Thoroughbred Times Road to the Triple Crown poll of editors, reporters, and correspondents.
Derby winner Animal Kingdom a go for Belmont
May 28, 2011

Derby winner Animal Kingdom a go for Belmont

With Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom a go for the Belmont Stakes in two weeks, attention shifts to whether Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford will run in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
May 25, 2011

International divide

Much like watching a traffic light turn yellow when you are just too far away to make it, it became clear with a few yards to go that Animal Kingdom was not going to be able to run down Shackleford in the final yards of the Preakness Stakes.
All eyes on Animal Kingdom at Preakness
May 21, 2011

All eyes on Animal Kingdom at Preakness

BALTIMORE — Animal Kingdom won't be sneaking up on anyone — even coming from behind.

The colt who came out of nowhere to win his first race on dirt in the Kentucky Derby is favored to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

"I feel more relaxed than I have all week," trainer Graham Motion said Friday. "I think I've done what I can do and it's really out of my hands now. The nerve-racking stuff is just getting the training done and just trying to keep things straight."
Could a Triple Crown champion finally emerge?
May 9, 2011

Could a Triple Crown champion finally emerge?

Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed...Animal Kingdom? That phrase sounds eerily similar to Sesame Street's "one of these things is not like the others." However, if Animal Kingdom should win the Preakness, the Triple Crown will be a forgone conclusion since not many three-year-olds are more apt to handle the grueling 1 1/2-miles of the Belmont Stakes than the son of Leroidesanimaux.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom gets green light for Preakness
May 8, 2011

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom gets green light for Preakness

Though admittedly "shocked" that he won America's most-famous race, trainer Graham Motion, a British expatriate, on Sunday morning had recovered enough to start focusing on the May 21 Preakness Stakes, which he said would be the next start for Animal Kingdom, the upset winner of Saturday's 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
2011 Kentucky Derby: Who Can Upset Animal Kingdom in Preakness?
May 7, 2011

2011 Kentucky Derby: Who Can Upset Animal Kingdom in Preakness?

After Animal Kingdom's resounding two-and-three-quarter length victory in the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby (Grade I), the Triple Crown hype train rolls to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD for the Preakness Stakes (Grade I) in two weeks.
Animal Kingdom roars through dirt audition
April 30, 2011

Animal Kingdom roars through dirt audition

Team Valor International's ANIMAL KINGDOM (Leroidesanimaux [Brz]) answered any questions about his aptitude for dirt, or readiness for the Kentucky Derby (G1), Saturday morning with a sharp six-furlong work in 1:13 at Churchill Downs.
ANIMAL KINGDOM STARTING TO GET SOME RESPECT FROM DERBY PRESS
April 20, 2011

ANIMAL KINGDOM STARTING TO GET SOME RESPECT FROM DERBY PRESS

From The Blood-Horse comes this week's "Derby Dozen," by Steve Haskin, which includes for the first time Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom.
SUMMER SOIREE BREEZES FAST AT KEENELAND, CHURCHILL DOWNS NEXT WORK OUT SCHEDULE UNDER THE TWIN SPIRES IS DETAILED BY G. MOTION
 ANIMAL KINGDOM, SUMMER SOIREE, MEISTERSINGER OFF TO LOUISVILLE
April 20, 2011

SUMMER SOIREE BREEZES FAST AT KEENELAND, CHURCHILL DOWNS NEXT WORK OUT SCHEDULE UNDER THE TWIN SPIRES IS DETAILED BY G. MOTION ANIMAL KINGDOM, SUMMER SOIREE, MEISTERSINGER OFF TO LOUISVILLE

Summer Soiree, who will make her next start on May 6 in the $1-million, Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, had her first workout for Graham Motion and her first bit of serious work since romping in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks 3 weeks ago at Turfway Park.
SUMMER SOIREE HAS HER FORM FRANKED BIG TIME IN GRADE 1 ASHLAND KEENELAND WINNER LANGUISHED 12 LENGTHS BEHIND SS IN BURBONETTE TEAM VALOR ACQUISITION SITTING PRETTY FOR THE G1 KENTUCKY OAKS
April 11, 2011

SUMMER SOIREE HAS HER FORM FRANKED BIG TIME IN GRADE 1 ASHLAND KEENELAND WINNER LANGUISHED 12 LENGTHS BEHIND SS IN BURBONETTE TEAM VALOR ACQUISITION SITTING PRETTY FOR THE G1 KENTUCKY OAKS

Summer Soiree has her high class form confirmed last Saturday in Keeneland's Grade 1 Ashland Stakes, when Lilacs and Lace scored a wire-to-wire victory in the $400,000 event.
Animal Kingdom joins Pluck in distinct mix of homebreds
March 30, 2011

Animal Kingdom joins Pluck in distinct mix of homebreds

Barry Irwin's Team Valor International has tapped diverse sources for its racing stable for many years, perhaps most notably in the discovery of Zimbabwe sensation Ipi Tombe (Zim), by way of South Africa.
Associated Press' Top Ten Kentucky Derby List
March 30, 2011

Associated Press' Top Ten Kentucky Derby List

A weekend full of surprises at tracks in Louisiana, Kentucky and New Mexico has put the names of these 3-year-olds on the AP's latest Run to the Roses Top 10 list of Derby contenders.
ANIMAL KINGDOM HEADED TO KENTUCKY DERBY AFTER $500,000 SPIRAL HOME-BRED LEROIDESANIMAUX COLT SCORES BY 2 ¾ LENGTHS IN GRADE 3 GRAHAM MOTION-TRAINED COLT TO TRAIN AT KEENELAND FOR CLASSIC
March 26, 2011

ANIMAL KINGDOM HEADED TO KENTUCKY DERBY AFTER $500,000 SPIRAL HOME-BRED LEROIDESANIMAUX COLT SCORES BY 2 ¾ LENGTHS IN GRADE 3 GRAHAM MOTION-TRAINED COLT TO TRAIN AT KEENELAND FOR CLASSIC

Animal Kingdom went from last to first and scored a decisive 2 ¾-length triumph in the $500,000 Spiral Stakes today at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky.
Gitano Hernando a Star on the Rise
March 4, 2010

Gitano Hernando a Star on the Rise

To many, the seemingly meteoric rise of English-bred Gitano Hernando over the last year has been simply amazing. But not so for Team Valor International president Barry Irwin, who bought the colt after he broke his maiden with intentions of racing him on the world's biggest stage. – Team Valor Headline News
Visionaire - 2 1/4 length winner in 1:21 4/5 of Saratoga's King Bishop Stakes (G1)
March 1, 2010

Visionaire - 2 1/4 length winner in 1:21 4/5 of Saratoga's King Bishop Stakes (G1)

GITANO HERNANDO ONLY A FIFTH SHY OF LINGFIELD RECORD IN 4YO BOW,
  WORLD CUP PREP A 4 ½-LENGTH ROUT GOING 1 ¼ MILES ON ALL-WEATHER,
  FALLON EXUDES CONFIDENCE IN THE NEW AND IMPROVED HERNANDO SON
February 27, 2010

GITANO HERNANDO ONLY A FIFTH SHY OF LINGFIELD RECORD IN 4YO BOW, WORLD CUP PREP A 4 ½-LENGTH ROUT GOING 1 ¼ MILES ON ALL-WEATHER, FALLON EXUDES CONFIDENCE IN THE NEW AND IMPROVED HERNANDO SON

Gitano Hernando exploded with a furlong remaining and drew off to a 4 ½-length triumph when he missed the Lingfield track record for a mile and a quarter in taking the Listed Winter Derby Trial Stakes today outside of London, England.
Gitano warms up for World Cup in style.<br>
  Betdaq The Betting Exchange Winter Derby Trial Stakes (Listed) 1m2f, 4yo+
February 27, 2010

Gitano warms up for World Cup in style.
Betdaq The Betting Exchange Winter Derby Trial Stakes (Listed) 1m2f, 4yo+

Gitano Hernando warmed up for a crack at the Dubai World Cup at Meydan on March 27 with a convincing win in the Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield on Saturday.
Gitano Hernando is Gutty Second in Group Dee Stakes in England, Team Valor/Gary Barber Colt Punches Ticket for June 6 Belmont, Colt Follows Tried and True Path of Belmont Second My Memoirs
May 8, 2009

Gitano Hernando is Gutty Second in Group Dee Stakes in England, Team Valor/Gary Barber Colt Punches Ticket for June 6 Belmont, Colt Follows Tried and True Path of Belmont Second My Memoirs

Team Valor International and Gary Barber's Gitano Hernando punched his ticket for the June 6 Belmont Stakes with a bang-up second today when he failed by a head of pegging back the winner of the Group 3 Dee Stakes at Chester race course in England. – Team Valor Headline News
Hull will Line Up for The Preakness Stakes in a Change of Plans, Derby Result and a Lack of Top New Shooters Prompts the Move, Miguel Mena Rides Unbeaten Colt in Second Leg of Triple Crown
May 4, 2009

Hull will Line Up for The Preakness Stakes in a Change of Plans, Derby Result and a Lack of Top New Shooters Prompts the Move, Miguel Mena Rides Unbeaten Colt in Second Leg of Triple Crown

Hull, unbeaten in 3 starts by a total of 16 lengths this season for trainer Dale Romans, will line up for the Preakness. Owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stables, Team Valor International and Gary Barber, the Kentucky-bred son of Holy Bull won the Derby Trial on opening day at Churchill Downs by 4 lengths. – Team Valor Headline News
Hull Becomes Barry Irwin's 100th Stakes Winner in G3 Derby Trial, Milestone Reached with Partners Bill Heiligbrodt, Gary Barber, Century Mark of Added-Money Winners Earned Since 1987 by B. Eye
April 25, 2009

Hull Becomes Barry Irwin's 100th Stakes Winner in G3 Derby Trial, Milestone Reached with Partners Bill Heiligbrodt, Gary Barber, Century Mark of Added-Money Winners Earned Since 1987 by B. Eye

When Hull skipped under the wire 4 lengths clear to take this afternoon's Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs, he became stakes winner number 100 to represent a racing partnership formed by Team Valor International owner Barry Irwin since 1987. – Team Valor Headline News
Hull Skedaddles to 4-Length Score in Grade 3 Derby Trial Stakes, Easily Handles a Wide Trip, Raise in Class in Churchill Downs Win, Holy Bull 3-Year-Old Now Unbeaten in 3 Starts for Partnership
April 25, 2009

Hull Skedaddles to 4-Length Score in Grade 3 Derby Trial Stakes, Easily Handles a Wide Trip, Raise in Class in Churchill Downs Win, Holy Bull 3-Year-Old Now Unbeaten in 3 Starts for Partnership

Hull exceeded expectations today when he dominated the Grade 3 Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs, pressing the pace from the outside while extremely wide and drawing off to triumph by 4 lengths as the 7 to 3 third choice in a field of 8 for trainer Dale Romans and owners Team Valor International, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Gary Barber. – Team Valor Headline News
Grade 1 New York Stakes Winner Visionaire Retired from Racing, Won King's Bishop S. at Saratoga and Gotham S. at Aqueduct at 3, Grand Slam Colt Winner in 5 of 12 Starts for Trainer Michael Matz
April 22, 2009

Grade 1 New York Stakes Winner Visionaire Retired from Racing, Won King's Bishop S. at Saratoga and Gotham S. at Aqueduct at 3, Grand Slam Colt Winner in 5 of 12 Starts for Trainer Michael Matz

Four-year-old Visionaire, who rolled home to a 2 ¼-length victory last summer in the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga, has been retired from racing, it was announced by trainer Michael Matz. "Visionaire most likely suffered a knee chip in the King's Bishop," said Matz. "His next two races were unlike him. Surgery was performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage last fall, but he has not trained to our satisfaction, so the owners have decided to retire him, rather than blemish his racing record." – Team Valor Headline News
Hull Passes Keeneland Race in Favor of Derby Trial at Churchill
April 15, 2009

Hull Passes Keeneland Race in Favor of Derby Trial at Churchill

Unbeaten Hull is going to be scratched from Saturday's Grade 2 Coolmore Lexington Stakes, as his connections have decided not to run him from the outside stall in a field of 12. Instead, the Holy Bull son will race a week later at Churchill Downs for the Derby Trial over 7 ½ furlongs around one turn for a purse of $100,000 in a Grade 3 fixture. Miguel Mena, the third-leading rider at Keeneland, will retain the mount. – Team Valor Headline News
Hull Romps to Daylight Win by Widening 7 &frac34; Lengths at Turfway, Colt Never Allowed to Run and Comes Within 4/5 of Track Record, Recent Team Valor Acquisition on Track for G2 Lexington Stakes
April 2, 2009

Hull Romps to Daylight Win by Widening 7 ¾ Lengths at Turfway, Colt Never Allowed to Run and Comes Within 4/5 of Track Record, Recent Team Valor Acquisition on Track for G2 Lexington Stakes

Hull stamped himself as much more than a "one-hit-wonder" and as a bona-fide contender nationally in the sophomore ranks on Thursday at Turfway Park when he parlayed his debut romp at Fair Grounds in February with an encore performance saturated with brilliance. The recent Team Valor acquisition cruised by 7 ¾ lengths in his first start against winners and despite being held in the proverbial "death-grip" by jockey Miguel Mena for the entire 1:16 1/5 of the race, the blue-sky prospect stopped the clock just four-fifths of a second shy of the track record on the Polytrack. – Team Valor Headline News
Gitano Hernando Records Very Stylish Win in Team Valor Debut, Red Colt Roars Home to 2 1/2-Length Win at Doncaster in England, Botti is Oozing with Confidence on Road to the Belmont Stakes
March 29, 2009

Gitano Hernando Records Very Stylish Win in Team Valor Debut, Red Colt Roars Home to 2 1/2-Length Win at Doncaster in England, Botti is Oozing with Confidence on Road to the Belmont Stakes

Gitano Hernando made a sterling impression in his Team Valor International debut at Doncaster Racecourse on Sunday in the northern part of England, storming home down the stretch to register a resounding 2 ½-length score in a Class 3 Handicap over 1 ¼ miles on firm turf. The win marks a successful initial step on the colt's path towards the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Belmont Stakes on June 6. The son of Hernando was acquired by Team Valor earlier in the year. – Team Valor Headline News
Russian Sage is Switched to $5-Million, 12-Furlong Sheema Classic, Irwin Calls Audible when Eagle Mountain Defects from Sod Race, Says "Difference Between Sheema and Duty Free is Night and Day"
March 22, 2009

Russian Sage is Switched to $5-Million, 12-Furlong Sheema Classic, Irwin Calls Audible when Eagle Mountain Defects from Sod Race, Says "Difference Between Sheema and Duty Free is Night and Day"

Even though a decision was made last week to run Russian Sage in the 9-furlong Dubai Duty Free, Team Valor International owner Barry Irwin could not reconcile the decision and kept regretting it over the last several days. When Mike de Kock removed probable favorite Eagle Mountain because of an injury, Irwin really started questioning the sanity of running against the top middle-distance performers in the world in the hottest race on the World Cup card in the Duty Free, instead of taking the path of least resistance in the Sheema Classic. – Team Valor Headline News
Kinsella Wins Racing Debut for Team Valor International Group, $2.2-Million Saratoga Yearling Sale Topper Overcomes Trouble, Pletcher Protege Breaks Slowly, Goes Wide, Still Wins in Style
March 14, 2009

Kinsella Wins Racing Debut for Team Valor International Group, $2.2-Million Saratoga Yearling Sale Topper Overcomes Trouble, Pletcher Protege Breaks Slowly, Goes Wide, Still Wins in Style

Barry Irwin no longer has to answer the oft-asked question "Whatever happened to that expensive yearling you bought a couple of years ago at Saratoga, that big chestnut Mr. Greeley colt?" Kinsella answered the question himself in emphatic fashion when in his introduction to the racing game this afternoon in a maiden special weight on the grass at Gulfstream Park, the tall, athletic sophomore turned in a breathtaking performance to win in his debut by three-quarters of a length. – Team Valor Headline News
Russian Sage Deadheats in Second with Jay Peg in Duty Free Prep, Team Valor Colt Gives 5.5 Pounds to 1 &frac14;-Length Jebel Hatta Hero, Champion Earns His Way into the $5-Million World Cup Night Run
March 5, 2009

Russian Sage Deadheats in Second with Jay Peg in Duty Free Prep, Team Valor Colt Gives 5.5 Pounds to 1 ¼-Length Jebel Hatta Hero, Champion Earns His Way into the $5-Million World Cup Night Run

Russian Sage had more difficulty getting into the Grade 2 Jebel Hatta than running well in the World Cup night prep, but everything worked out well in the end for the owners of the South African Champion. The Team Valor International colorbearer shared highweight of 131 pounds with fellow South African Jay Peg, who won the $5-million Grade 1 Duty Free last year in course record time. At the finish of the Jebel Hatta, Russian Sage and Jay Peg finished on even terms. – Team Valor Headline News
Team Valor Purchases 3-Year-Old English Colt Gitano Hernando, Newmarket-Based Marco Botti Colt to Aim for Belmont Stakes, Hernando Colt is Out of Graded U. S. Stakes Winner Gino's Spirits
January 29, 2009

Team Valor Purchases 3-Year-Old English Colt Gitano Hernando, Newmarket-Based Marco Botti Colt to Aim for Belmont Stakes, Hernando Colt is Out of Graded U. S. Stakes Winner Gino's Spirits

Team Valor International has acquired English-based Gitano Hernando and will point him to the Triple Crown in the United States. The Kentucky outfit syndicated him in a matter of 3 days last week. – Team Valor Headline News
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