Team Valor International

Team Valor International is a syndicate group managed by Barry Irwin. 
  • 2011 Animal Kingom finished second in 2013 in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) before winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup
  • Irwin graduated from UCLA and was a racing journalist with publications such as Daily Racing Form and The Blood-Horse in the 1960s and ‘70s. 
  • He operated Pacifica Thoroughbreds, a bloodstock agency, from 1979-87. 
  • Irwin and Jeff Siegel partnered to form the Clover Stable and Team Valor, before he bought out the public handicapper in 2007. 
  • Team Valor made its first big splash when My Memoirs finished second in the 1992 Belmont Stakes in his first U.S. start. 
  • Team Valor International won the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, who returned from an injury to win an allowance race at Gulfstream Park in February 2012 and eight months later finish second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. 
  • Irwin’s homebred Howe Great won the Kitten’s Joy and Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream in 2012. 
  • The owners group had success in 2012 with Went the Day Well, who broke his maiden at Gulfstream before winning the Spiral Stakes (G3) and finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby. 
  • Other graded stakes winners include Summer Soiree, Daveron and State of Play. 
  • Team Valor International captured the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf with Pluck. 
  • Team Valor campaigned Captain Bodgit, second in the Derby and third in the Preakness in 1997, and Thomas Jo, who finished third in the 1998 Belmont. 
  • Other top stars: Star of Cozzene, Prized, The Deputy, Ipi Tombe, Golden Ballet, Cashier’s Dream, Be-crux, Irridescence, and 2007 Hutcheson Stakes winner King of the Roxy.