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NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk joined America's Best Racing at Del Mar to chat about his decision to get into horse racing as an owner, the allure of joining Team Valor International as a partner with 3-year-old Infinite Magic, and the thrill of that moment right before the competition begins.

Faulk was introduced to Team Valor by a mutual acquaintance who had previous experience as a racehorse owner with Team Valor partnerships. Team Valor raced 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and champion Animal Kingdom.

Faulk bought into a promising 3-year-old colt named Infinite Magic following the colt’s U.S. debut, a victory on the grass at Keeneland Race Course in April. Another Team Valor partner in Infinite Magic is Bob Bowman, the longtime swim coach of Michael Phelps, who is the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic Games with 22 medals, including 18 gold medals.

A two-time consensus All-America selection at San Diego State, Faulk was drafted second overall by the Indianapolis Colts. He made a seamless transition to the National Football League, where he continued his assault on opposing defenses by leading the AFC in rushing and touchdowns en route to Rookie of the Year honors.

A dual threat carrying the football as a running back and catching the ball out of the backfield, Faulk amassed 100 touchdowns rushing and 36 touchdowns receiving during his 12-year career and rushed for 12,279 yards. In his first year with the St. Louis Rams in 1999, Faulk set an NFL record with 2,429 yards from scrimmage as the primary weapon on the Super Bowl-winning Rams. A three-time All-Pro who went to seven Pro Bowls, Faulk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 2011.

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