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August 14, 2012

Barry Irwin, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Team Valor International, will be the featured guest on the next “Talkin’ Horses with The Blood-Horse” live podcast at 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

A Turf writer who later found success as a bloodstock agent and horse owner, Irwin and then-partner Jeff Siegel began syndicating horses in 1987. Since that time, the 455 horses syndicated under partnerships formed by Irwin over the years have won more than 255 stakes races, including grade/group I races in the U.S., Canada, France, United Arab Emirates, China, and South Africa. Of the 77 graded stakes winners raced by Irwin’s partnerships, 25 have been grade I winners. 

Team Valor reached the pinnacle of racing success in 2011 when one of its syndicated horses, Animal Kingdom, won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) before going on to finish second in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Irwin has also taken a public role in the current effort to reform medication rules in North American racing. He has appeared before Congressional hearings on the subject and is among a group of owners who have pledged not to run their 2-year-olds in 2012 on the anti-bleeder medication furosemide.

The podcast will be moderated by Ron Mitchell, online managing editor at BloodHorse.com, and Esther Marr, a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. Also included in the podcast will be a handicapping segment with Tom LaMarra, news editor for The Blood-Horse magazine and BloodHorse.com and co-host of “That Handicapping Show.”

Racing enthusiasts need to submit questions for this edition of “Talkin’ Horses with The Blood-Horse” by 5 p.m. EDT Monday, August 20, one of the following ways: Tweet questions to Twitter.com/BloodHorse using #TalkinHorses; post questions via Facebook.com/TheBloodHorse; or email questions to: http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/talkin-horses/archive/2012/08/21/barry-irwin-founder-and-chief-executive-officer-of-team-valor-international.aspx.

All live broadcasts of “Talkin’ Horses with The Blood-Horse” will be recorded and archived for on-demand listening on BloodHorse.com. Visitors can listen to archived episodes directly or download episodes individually.