Dynaformer's Huge Presence

(By Avalyn Hunter) 

When I saw Dynaformer at Three Chimneys in 2006, my first reaction was "wow." It was not because he was pretty; there have always been plenty of handsomer horses. It was his presence, as massive and
powerful as his body. His was a personality that brooked no rivals. And he had none. At Three Chimneys, better racehorses came and went, but after the departure of Seattle Slew in 2002, Dynaformer was the unquestioned king of the farm.  

Dynaformer was not a horse that had everything handed to him. While a multiple grade II winner on the track, he started his career in the shadow of two similarly-bred sons of Roberto, both members of his crop, who were both better racers: champion turf male Sunshine Forever and multiple grade I winner Brian's Time. But Dynaformer eclipsed both at stud, working up from a stud fee of $5,000 (his initial published fee) to the $150,000 he commanded from 2007 onward. And he did so on sheer merit. To date, Dynaformer has sired 130 stakes winners (11% of his foals 3 years old and older), with 25 of them scoring at the grade I level. So far in 2012, he has been represented by Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Karlovy Vary, grade II winners Casino Host and Point of Entry, and grade III winner Dynamic Host. 

Throughout his career, Dynaformer consistently improved on his mates' produce records. Further, he was a welcome source of bone, soundness, and stamina. His average winning distance for his runners of 8.86 furlongs was the longest for any commercially viable stallion in the North American market, and his runners 3 years old and older have averaged 18 starts each, a figure that will probably rise as his youngest runners finish out their careers. Those runners, by the way, represent 85% of his foals 3 years old and older, and 63% of those foals have been winners. Dynaformer is also the broodmare sire of 78 stakes winners, and that number is sure to continue growing for some time. 

Although Three Chimneys still has several solid stallions on the roster, the farm's hopes for a truly top-class sire to replace Dynaformer now rest with Big Brown, whose first juveniles will race this year. But it may be long years before American breeding is graced with another sire who combines the ability to combine class with stamina and soundness as Dynaformer has. Rest in peace, big fellow.


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30 Apr 2012 4:36 PM

What a grand old man!!!  And what a legacy he has left. Hope to see a pictorial of his life. Thanks for the great coverage.

30 Apr 2012 4:38 PM
Karen in Indiana

Dynaformer was definitely one of a kind.

30 Apr 2012 6:44 PM

Thank you.  

30 Apr 2012 8:23 PM

April 29, what a sad day for Three Chimneys AND horse racing.  Dynaformer leaves behind a legacy that truly won't be filled anytime soon.  He lives on thru his sons and daughters.  God Speed big fellow, and to everyone who cared for him - Thank you!!!

30 Apr 2012 9:44 PM

yes, great coverage on this fine ole boy.  he will be missed at Three Chimneys.  No one was quite like him.   Miss you, boy!

01 May 2012 6:39 AM
Bret Stossel

Too bad his most famous foal wasn't very sound...

01 May 2012 7:43 AM
Lise from Maine


So sad to hear of Dynaformer's death.

It is very interesting that he died on Barbaro's 9th birthday.

Why did he have such an aggressive personality?

Was he abused or is it just him?

Thank you!

Lise from Maine

01 May 2012 12:46 PM

Lise from Maine- "Why did he have such an aggressive personality?  Was he abused or is it just him?"

Speaking from personal experience with Roberto's, it was "just him."  The Robertos that I have dealt with are very aggressive both on and off track.  They have to be handled very carefully.

02 May 2012 7:50 AM

The eye of the horse does not seek man.

It seeks horizons.

10 Jul 2012 7:39 PM

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