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Barry Irwin

Barry Howard Irwin (born April 21, 1943 in Long Beach, California) is the owner of the thoroughbred horse racing stable of Team Valor International in Versailles, Kentucky.



Interested in racehorses from a very early age, Irwin became a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine in 1969. Over the next decade, he also worked as the editor of The Thoroughbred of California, and was a syndicated columnist for The Daily Racing Form.

In 1988 Irwin founded Clover Racing Stable, which became Team Valor when a partner in Clover Racing opted out. In 2007 Barry Irwin bought out long-time partner and friend Jeff Siegel and became the sole proprietor of the stable. At that time, because of the changing focus toward foreign racing and foreign thoroughbred acquisitions, Irwin changed the name of the stable to Team Valor International.[1]

In 2004, 2005 and 2006, Irwin purchased yearling horses at public auction which later went on to win Grade 1 races.

Irwin is a founding director with the equine-related charity "Race for Education," [2] which raises money to provide college scholarships to the offspring of backstretch and farm workers. One percent of the purse money earned by Team Valor horses (with a matching amount from Irwin) goes to the Race for Education to provide these much-needed scholarships. In 2006, Irwin became the organization’s inaugural recipient of the “Valedictorian Award.”

In 2002, Irwin had his story about his favorite racehorse, Swaps, published by Eclipse Press as part of its biographical series of legendary racehorses.

Personal life

Barry Irwin lives in Versailles with his wife Kathleen. He also has a daughter, Chloë.

See also


  1. Barry Irwin Buys Out Long-time Partner Jeff Siegel, Team Valor International, Press release, July 3, 2007
  2. Race for Education website


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