Great racehorses can achieve fame on the racetrack or at stud once their career is over. Some rare champions manage to do both. The legendary Dynaformer was one of these exceptional animals. While only winning 7 of his 30 career starts, Dynaformer earned more than $600,000 in purse money. His success as a competitor was only a prelude to what he would accomplish as a leading sire.
A Tale of Two Racing Giants
Dynaformer was bred by Joseph Allen. It did not take long to realize the horse was going to be huge in stature. By the time he reached racing age, the colt was 17 hands tall. That is 68” in height or 5’8” at the withers, a point at the base of the neck between the shoulders. When Dynaformer’s head was held high, a human more than six-feet tall would have had to look up at him.
By all accounts, Dynaformer knew the power of his size. He developed a reputation for intimidating his handlers. His owner, Paul Lynn, knew that training the horse would require a trainer who was just as stubborn and demanding. He turned to D. Wayne Lukas, a no-nonsense horseman known for his gruff demeanor and no-nonsense training style. Lukas had once been a high school basketball coach. Dealing with difficult athletes was his stock in trade.
Even so, Lukas found himself challenged by Dynaformer. Lukas stated that the horse was the most difficult one he ever trained. While thoroughbreds have a reputation for being high strung, the reality is that many are calm and easily handled. Dynaformer, however, lived up to the reputation of a racing champion. He was often irritable and surly, sometimes refusing the instructions of his handlers and exercise riders. His demeanor could range from mildly irritable on a good day to excessively hostile on a bad one. Unfortunately, there were more bad days than good from all accounts.
Lukas was patient. This is a skill the Hall of Fame trainer is known for. Rarely winning on the first try, Lukas’ horses have a tendency to develop more slowly as they build up the mental proficiency needed for horseracing. As the colt trained under Lukas’ leadership, he began to evidence the traits of a champion.
The Racing Career of Dynaformer
Mildly impressive in his first starts, Dynaformer blossomed at three years of age. His first major win came in 1988 when he won the Grade II Jersey Derby at the age of three. This victory was followed with wins in the Grade II Discovery Handicap and the Lucky Draw Stakes.
Dynaformer made only 30 starts in his career, winning seven times. He was also second five times and third twice. While the horse certainly performed better than the average horse, he was not destined to achieve the level of greatness accorded to Seattle Slew or other champions to which he was often compared.
Retired at a comparatively young age, Dynaformer was sent to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky where he would spend the remainder of his days breeding some of the best mares in the thoroughbred industry.
Dynaformer as a Stud
When the big horse arrived at Three Chimneys, he immediately resumed his troublesome ways. One employee of the farm stated that Dynaformer commanded respect at all times. It was not wise to turn one’s back on him for any length of time.
The horse also became known for his rough manner of breeding. It was so violent that some handlers at Three Chimneys began referring to Dynaformer as Hannibal Lecter. This did not deter those who wanted to have their mares serviced by the horse, however, and Dynaformer ultimately commanded a stud fee of $150,000.
It didn’t take long before champions began to emerge from Dynaformer’s breedings. He sired English champions Lucarno and Blue Bunting. The winner of the Melbourne Cup and Australian champion Americain was one of his sons. It was a horse named Barbaro, however, who captured the hearts of racing fans and thrust Dynaformer into the spotlight as a sire.
Barbaro was foaled in 2003 and went on to amass an undefeated record before being tragically injured in the running of the 2006 Preakness Stakes. The injury would culminate in Barbaro being humanely destroyed in January of 2007.
The Death of Dynaformer
After a long career of siring many successful horses that fans of EZ Horse Betting will remember, Dynaformer suffered a heart attack on April 14. 2012. The damage was massive, leaving multiple holes in the horse’s aortic valve. Even though he fought valiantly to overcome the crisis, Dynaformer was euthanized on April 29. He was 27 years old.
In a bitter twist of irony, Dynaformer’s death came nine years to the day after siring his greatest horse, Barbaro. The big horse was buried in the Stallion Cemetary at Three Chimneys Farm beside other great studs such as Rahy and Wild Again.
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