Pass the Buck Radio: Special Guest Barry Irwin

Buck Grottano and co-host Travis Hembd welcome Team Valor’s Barry Irwin to the program.

They also discuss the top weekend races. Email your questions to or call in during the live shows at 1-714-816-462.


Barry Irwin (photo via

Barry Irwin (photo via

Barry Irwin was a longtime staff writer for The Blood-Horse and also wrote for the Thoroughbred of California and the Daily Racing Form. Ar one time, he hosted a twice-weekly radio program, as well as a weekly, television show.

Irwin left the Form in 1978 to become a bloodstock agent and, over the next decade, bred, raced, syndicated, bought and sold several hundred horses, including It’s the One, African Sky, Moscow Ballet and Torsion.

In 1987, Irwin began operating a stable of syndicated racehorses. He formed a partnership with longtime friend Jeff Siegel, whom he bought out in 2007, when Team Valor became Team Valor International.

Irwin won the Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom in 2011 and has also captured numerous other prestigious races from around the globe.

To learn more about Barry Irwin and Team Valor International, click HERE.

Buck Grottano
Born and raised in Rockaway Beach, New York, just minutes from Aqueduct Racetrack, Buck Grottano was first introduced to Thoroughbred racing 20 years ago. He was hooked for life when a co-worker who owned a small percentage of a few horses invited him to the racetrack to watch his horses run. Buck’s interest in the industry has only grown since.

In 2011, Buck started “Pass the Buck Talking Horses” on to share his passion for the sport with like-minded fans. Buck’s objective in launching the interview-format, call-in show was to help educate the novice fan, as well as to provide a platform and informal environment for some of thoroughbred racing’s biggest names to offer insight into the game to help racing enthusiasts learn about the industry’s many facets. The show also features handicapping and selections from noted handicappers, horsemen and TV and radio personalities.

Now, with over a quarter-of-a-million listeners from all over the world, “Pass the Buck Talking Horses” continues to grow and expand its loyal fan base.

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