Recently Retired Dynaformer Dies At 27

Recently Retired Dynaformer Dies At 27


The reports that one of Thoroughbred racing’s premier stallions, Dynaformer, died at the age of 27 at Robert and Blythe Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm 29 April.

The stallion had been pensioned after suffering an aortic valve rupture the afternoon of April 14 while in his stall.

Dynaformer was known internationally for siring such top class athletes as Kentucky Derby (Gr. I) winner Barbaro, Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winner Americain, and $4.7 million dollar-earner Perfect Drift.

Other stars the prolific Dynaformer sired include European champion 2-year-old filly Rainbow View, English champion 3-year-old colt Lucarno, multiple grade 1 winner Riskaverse, and multi-millionaire Dynever.

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

Dynaformer was without question one of the most globally successful sires in the Thoroughbred industry. With 21 crops to race, his progeny have earned more than $105,000,000. Dynaformer is the sire of 130 stakes winners, including 61 graded stakes winners, 25 Grade 1 stakes winners, and 18 millionaires. These numbers are the best in each respective category of all active sires.

He ranks in the 0.5% of all sires by average earnings per starter.

“Dynaformer’s tough spirit will continue to influence our breed for many years to come. He reminds us that looks aren’t everything, and that the will to win is that intangible ingredient we are all striving to find,” said Robert Clay, owner of Three Chimneys Farm.

The calibre and quantity of races won by progeny of Dynaformer is unprecedented. Sons or daughters of Dynaformer have won the following grade/group I events: Kentucky Derby, One Thousand Guineas, Melbourne Cup, Irish Oaks, Stephen Foster Handicap, English St. Leger, German Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, American Oaks, Hollywood Derby, Shadwell Turf Mile, Santa Margarita Invitational, Flower Bowl Invitational, Santa Maria Handicap, Yorkshire Oaks, Beverly D. Stakes, Diana Handicap, Florida Derby, Hempstead Handicap, Gazelle Handicap, and Matriarch Stakes.

“He commanded respect and total attention at all times,” said Three Chimneys stallion manager Sandy Hatfield. “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 will be impacting the Thoroughbred breed for decades to come. His daughters have produced 78 stakes winners and that number will undoubtedly continue to grow.

His death came on what would have been the nineth birthday of his most famous son, Barbaro. Dynaformer will be buried in the Three Chimneys stallion cemetery next to stablemates Rahy and Wild Again.

After suffering a significant cardiac episode in his stall on 14 April, Dynaformer was immediately pensioned from stallion duty. After Dynaformer had been stabilized, an ultrasound performed the following day revealed several holes in his heart as a result of the heart attack, one measuring eight centimeters long and two others measuring two centimeters each.

Dynaformer had been resting comfortably, eating well, and maintaining his daily turnout routine in the days following the scare, but his health took a turn the evening of 28 April.

“Dynaformer told us when it was his time to go,” said Dr. Jim Morehead, Three Chimneys’ resident veterinarian. “Amazingly, he had been comfortable after his initial crisis on April 14 and had been able to go to his paddock daily. A normal horse would not have survived his initial cardiac episode. He did everything on his terms, including deciding when he’d had enough.”

Dynaformer was by Roberto out of Andover Way by His Majesty. In KZN Roberto’s line lives on through sire The Sheik, and now deceased Summerhill stallion Cataloochee.

The public is invited to pay their respects to Dynaformer during the annual Three Chimneys Derby Week Open House on May 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. A memorial service for Dynaformer will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the stallion cemetery.

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