Derby Innovator: The Making of Animal Kingdom

Derby Innovator: The Making of Animal Kingdom

by Barry Irwin


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Derby Innovator is the story of the making of Animal Kingdom by Barry Irwin, a self-taught, self-styled sportsman and entrepreneur who shook racing's Establishment to its very foundations by employing unconventional methods and practices to break all the rules in winning the Kentucky Derby, a race that has been called "the greatest two minutes in sports."

Born into a family in Los Angeles that shunned horse racing, Irwin turned a childhood pipedream of winning a racehorse in a tobacco company's naming contest into a stable full of horses that have won some of the most historic and lucrative prizes on The Turf, not only in America, but in Great Britain, Europe, China, the Middle East and South Africa.

Experience the intoxicating brand of excitement that only Thoroughbred racing can deliver, as horses bred, bought and managed by Irwin plunder riches and beat royalty at Longchamp, Meydan, Churchill Downs, Santa Anita and Sha Tin.

Join Irwin as he prospects for potential Champions in such faraway locales as Uruguay, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Croatia. Learn his methods of finding obscure bloodlines that he blends with American pedigrees to produce Breeders' Cup and Classic winners at Churchill Downs.

Rub elbows with some of the biggest movers and shakers in international racing such as Dubai Ruler Sheik Mohammed, MGM CEO Gary Barber, South African trainer Mike de Kock, South African movie producer Anant Singh, trainer Graham Motion, Australian stallion developer John Messara, trainer Todd Pletcher, South African breeder Gaynor Rupert.

Share an elusive Derby triumph and a heartbreaking Derby head-bob loss. Feel what it's like to reach the heights as well as the terrible losses. They are all here in Derby Innovator.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514476253
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 03/24/2016
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Barry Irwin is the founder of Team Valor International, a racing enterprise known the world over for its successful Thoroughbreds, including the Champion colt Animal Kingdom, winner of the most sought after prize in American racing in the Kentucky Derby and the richest race on the planet in the $10-million Dubai World Cup.

The California native left college without a degree to pursue a career as a fiction writer after a creative writing professor suggested that he "go out and experience life." When a literary magazine that bought his first few stories folded after its funding dried up on the eve of his first story's publication, Irwin took it as a sign and moved to Kentucky to learn to write about racing and breeding of horses.

Stints as a writer, editor, columnist, and TV and radio host gave Irwin access to the brightest minds in the game and he made the most of his newfound knowledge. The first two horses he bought promptly won races at Del Mar and Hollywood Park and gave him the courage to leave Daily Racing Form to operate his own bloodstock agency.

Irwin found his true niche in 1987 when he began to form racing partnerships for the public. In his very first year of operation with his very first runner, Irwin won the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. Since then Irwin and his racing stables have won more than 1,000 races, more than 250 of them stakes races.

An outspoken gadfly, Irwin has contributed Op-Eds to several racing trade journals and has been in the forefront of a movement to rid horse racing of drugs. He splits his time between the bluegrass of Kentucky and Palm Beach County, Florida.


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