Blue-chip Kentucky sire Dynaformer dies.


Blue-chip Kentucky sire Dynaformer dies.

Stallion Dynaformer passed away on Saturday last while at his long-term home of Three Chimneys Farm in Midway Kentucky . The stallion suffered an aortic valve rupture only a couple of weeks after being pensioned from his stud duties. At the age of 27 he was one of the highest-achieving American stallions on the world stage in recent years.

Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys said of the stallion, “Dynaformer impacted the industry in a way that few ever have or will,”.

“More than that, though, he was an awe-inspiring horse to be around. He commanded respect and his toughness was undeniable to the very end. He reminded me a lot of Seattle Slew in that when you were around him, you knew you were in the presence of greatness” Case also remarked.

Dynaformer has sired 130 stakes winners from 21 crops at race. His Bloodline has earned in excess of $105 million to date with 61 Graded winners including 25 that achieved at the highest level.

Three Chimneys stallion manager Sandy Hatfield remarked that “He commanded respect and total attention at all times,” and  “He had earned every bit of his reputation as being one of the toughest stallions in the industry, but when it came to his job in the breeding shed, he was a total professional. In my opinion, our industry has lost one of the greatest sires it will ever see.”

Dynaformer, who stood a massive 17 hands high enjoyed cult status among US breeding fans due to his can do attitude, won seven races including the Grade 2 Jersey Derby for D. Wayne Lukas and was initially retired to Wafare Farm at a fee of $5,000.

From his initial crop of just 47 foals, 46 went onto race and from that group came five stakes winners, including Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up and Kentucky Derby third Blumin Affair. Dynaformer was moved to Three Chimneys for the 1995 breeding season.

With his stud fee advertised at $150,000 for this year, he enjoyed the accolade of being the joint-dearest stallion in the US alongside Bernardini and Street Cry.


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