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Team Valor

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.

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. Today, more than half of Team Valor's stable was prospected outside the United Stakes.[citation needed]

International champions

Under the guidance of stable manager Barry Irwin, Team Valor has campaigned 14 International Champions and Highweightsg:

  • Ipi Tombe (Zimbabwe) -- Horse of the Year in Dubai
  • Sweet Stream (Italy) -- Top-weighted Staying Mare at age 5 in England
  • 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
  • Irridescence (S. Africa) -- Champion Filly at 3 in South Africa
  • Torgau (Ireland) -- Cartier Racing Award in England, top-weighted 2yo filly in Ireland
  • 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 22 individual Grade 1 winners around the globe:

  • Becrux (Italy)
  • Captain Bodgit (USA)
  • Captain's Lover (South Africa)
  • Carnadore (South Africa)
  • Cashier’s Dream (USA)
  • Gitano Hernando (USA)
  • Golden Ballet (USA)
  • Gypsy's Warning (USA)
  • Irridescence (South Africa)
  • Little Miss Magic (South Africa)
  • Martial Law (Great Briatin)
  • On Her Toes (South Africa)
  • Political Ambition (USA)
  • Russian Sage (South Africa)
  • Star of Cozzene (USA)
  • Stratos (South Africa)
  • Sweet Stream (Italy)
  • The Deputy (Ireland)
  • Unbridled Belle (USA)
  • Visionaire (USA)

Graded races

International Grade 1 victories earned by Team Valor runners include:

  • Allan Robertson Stakes (South Africa)
  • Beldame Stakes (USA)
  • The Cape Fillies Guineas (South Africa)
  • Daily News 2000 Stakes (South Africa)
  • Audemars Piquet Q.Elizabeth II Cup (Hong Kong)
  • Empress Club Stakes (South Africa) (twice)
  • Golden Medallion (South Africa)
  • Goodwood Handicap (USA)
  • King's Bishop Stakes (USA)
  • Man o’War Stakes (USA)
  • SA Fillies Classic (South Africa)
  • San Luis Rey Stakes (USA)
  • Woolavington Stakes (South Africa)

Team Valor horses have also placed (second or third) in these races:

  • Beldame Stakes (USA)
  • John A. Morris Handicap (USA)
  • King's Bishop Stakes (USA)
  • Q Elizabeth II Challenge S. (USA)
  • German Oaks (Germany)
  • Champions Cup (South Africa)
  • Gran Premio Jockey Club (Italy)
  • SAF Fillies Guineas (South Africa)
  • Golden Horseshoe (South Africa)
  • Allan Robertson Championship (South Africa)
  • Fancourt Majorca S. (South Africa)
  • Paddock S. (South Africa) (twice)
  • Triple Tiara S. (South Africa)
  • Gomma Gomma Challenge (South Africa)



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