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Team Valor Acquires TABLE THREE TEN
Friday, December 9, 2011

Team Valor International has acquired Table Three Ten  (El Prado  {Ire}), an impressive winner of her debut at Fair Grounds Nov. 25, from Gary Biszantz’s Cobra Farm and the juvenile filly will be transferred to the barn of trainer Graham Motion.

Explaining how the deal came about, Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin said, “I was talking to Mike Levy, who is our insurance agent, about something last Saturday and during the conversation he told me how he had made an offer to buy half of this filly. He said that Gary Biszantz wasn’t interested in selling half, but he said if he got a substantial enough offer that he would sell all of the horse. So I went and watched her race and talked to them some more and we struck a deal.

Table Three Ten, bred by Cobra Farm and Suzanne Biszantz, was sent off at 9-2 in her six-furlong unveiling for trainer Mike Stidham. After chasing a hot pace, the grey took over inupper stretch and sailed home and eased-down 5 1/4-length winner in 1:10.41(video).  Table Three Ten: Lou Hodges Jr

“When she changed leads, she kind of lugged in, so the guy had to straighten her out and throw a cross at her,” Irwin said. “He hit her twice and she just absolutely exploded, opened up by six or seven, it looked like. Halfway down the stretch, the jock turned around to see what was going on behind him. He realized he was way in front and he eased her the entire last sixteenth. She just gave me the impression that she is explosive and she’ll be able to run long. And that’s a combination everybody wants.”

While Table Three Ten, a daughter of stakes-placed Hopes and Dreams (More Than Ready), was sprinting in her debut, Irwin thinks she will be even more impressive as the distances get longer.

“She’s by El Prado and her dam, even though she is by More Than Ready, she routed 15 of her 16 races. So she is bred to go long. And she ran as fast as a fast sprinter would do in her debut, so we’re hoping that when we stretch her out she’ll be a super duper horse.”

As for what is next for Table Three Ten, Irwin added, “We’ll give Graham a chance to get used to her. Ideally we’d like to run her seven-eighths or a mile next time. I wouldn't want to sprint her again. We’re hoping that she is a GI Kentucky Oaks kind of horse.”

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