08/02/2011 9:15AM

Team Valor appoints Bradley Weisbord new COO

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Team Valor International, the public syndicate that campaigns 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, has hired Bradley Weisbord as its chief operating officer.

Weisbord, the son of Thoroughbred Daily News publisher and bloodstock agent Barry Weisbord, most recently has worked as the business and racing manager for racehorse owner Ahmed Zayat as Zayat’s stable worked through and emerged from bankruptcy last year. Zayat’s Nehro finished second to Animal Kingdom in the Derby.

“We have big plans for the immediate future,” Team Valor principal Barry Irwin said in announcing Weisbord’s hiring. “I need to free myself to spend more time promoting the company. Bradley can step right in and make an impact. This will allow the company to grow. My intention is for Bradley to learn the ropes at Team Valor and eventually have him run the company, which is turn would provide me with the luxury of concentrating on things that I do best.”

Weisbord will begin working for Team Valor next week and will relocate to Team Valor’s Kentucky headquarters in the spring.