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Mettee Replaces Motion as Team Valor Trainer
04/05/2013 11:23 AM ET
Team Valor International has hired Rick Mettee to train all of its North American-based raceshorses, replacing Graham Motion, the partnership group announced April 5.
Motion, who saddled 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom to take the March 30 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has been training the Team Valor horses since late 2010 while also conditioning horses for other owners.
Mettee's last job was as an assistant trainer to Saeed bin Suroor, running Godolphin's U.S. division for the Dubai royal family. He will commence training for Team Valor on May 1.
Motion continues to train Animal Kingdom, who is expected to make his final start in June at the Royal Ascot meeting, in either the group I Queen Anne Stakes or the group I Prince of Wales's Stakes for Arrowfield Stud and Team Valor.
In the 1990s, Mettee trained horses for Barry Irwin's partnerships, winning the Jaipur Stakes with French import Kanatiyr. With horses trained mainly by Mettee, Godolphin won the 2009 Eclipse Award as outstanding owner.
"Rick has experience training horses on synthetic and dirt surfaces in America and in Dubai," Irwin said. "He did exceptional work while winning several grade I races with the Godolphin runners. We are looking forward to renewing our relationship with him."
Irwin continued, "Graham Motion trained Team Valor's horses privately from our barn at Fair Hill Training Center as an accommodation to us. But he made it clear that he would continue to train for other owners. We understood this and accepted his conditions.
"However, due to the unique type of operation we run with partnership-owned horses, we feel at this time it would serve our needs better to have one trainer that was exclusive to our stable. Graham agrees. He has offered to continue to train our horses through the month of April until our new trainer has set up his operation."
Not sure I have ever seen ONE race do so much for a horse financially as the Cup did for Animal Kingdom. 6,000,000 purse, and sold a big piece to Darley. His stud fee probably tripled off that race and he will head off to stud now with a huge buzz about him, and that brings the better mares to him. I dont think its far fetched to say that was a 20,000,000 win.
Lol! I'm not a physiciatrist, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn last night. I stand corrected.
this horse is a super longshot to be anything as a stallion. i say in 5 years you can breed to him for $2.500.00. very few stallions make it win no pedigree. ala invasor
"this horse is a super longshot to be anything as a stallion. i say in 5 years you can breed to him for $2.500.00. very few stallions make it win no pedigree. ala invasor"
But they will have 3 years of high fees before any results (or lack thereof) knocks it down. If they go to Australia during that time they double that. Still made the last race really worth something!
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