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Team Valor buys Summer Soiree

  • Summer Soiree will now race in the colors of Team Valor (Pat Lang Photography)

SUMMER SOIREE (War Front), who romped by 10 3/4 lengths in last Saturday's Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway Park, has been bought by Team Valor International and will be pointed to the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1), it was announced Thursday.

Brereton C. Jones, his son Bret Jones and the Wahoo Partners LLC sold the filly for an undisclosed sum.

Graham Motion, who trains all of Team Valor's North American stock, will receive the bay lass on Monday afternoon, after she is flown from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Lexington, Kentucky. He'll begin preparing her for the Oaks at Churchill Downs.

"We saw her race in person on Saturday and we were ultra impressed with her," said Barry Irwin, CEO of Team Valor International. "She appeared to be just galloping. Larry Jones has done a remarkable job with her."

Irwin said that when he first began syndicating horses under the Clover Racing Stable banner in 1987, the first horse he bought was from former Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Jones and it was named Political Ambition. That runner became the stable's first Grade 1 winner when he captured the 1987 Hollywood Derby.

Motion won last Saturday's Spiral S. (G3) at Turfway Park with Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux [Brz]), and he may wind up working Summer Soiree with her new stablemate leading up to a possible appearance by the chestnut colt in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 7. Motion plans to breeze them three times prior to the weekend classics in Louisville, Kentucky.

Larry Jones had training duties on Summer Soiree, sending her out to win both of her starts this year. She made her seasonal bow off a three-month break, returning to score by 9 3/4 lengths against allowance rivals an Oaklawn Park on January 30, and currently owns an 8-3-0-3, $121,860, career record.