Top US thoroughbred stallion Dynaformer, sire of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and Melbourne Cup winner Americain, has been pensioned from stud duties at the age of 27 after suffering from a heart problem.
He retires after standing for a fee of $150,000 in 2012.
Three Chimneys Farm said Dynaformer, one of the most prolific international sires in recent decades, experienced “a significant cardiac event” in his stall on Saturday, April 14. The stallion is resting comfortably at the Kentucky farm.
“Dynaformer’s heart condition is not uncommon in older horses,” said Three Chimneys resident veterinarian, Dr. Jim Morehead. “Sometimes these conditions deteriorate and further breeding only increases the risk to the horse.”
Best known for siring such racing greats as Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and multi-millionaire Perfect Drift, Dynaformer’s runners have proved versatile runners worldwide.
As well as the G1 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, other notable runners by Dynaformer include Lucarno (English Champion Three-Year-Old Colt), Rainbow View (European Champion Two-Year-Old Filly), Riskaverse (winner of the Flower Bowl H.-G1 in 2004 and 2005), Film Maker (Grade 1 performer from age 3 through age 6), Dynaforce (winner of the 2008 Flower Bowl H.-G1) and McDynamo (five-time winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Grand National Steeplechase).
“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.
“We are forever grateful to the Dynaformer syndicate for the privilege of managing his career, to Nathan Fox, who first saw his potential as a stallion, and to the breeders who supported him and found success with his offspring.”
The son of Roberto currently boasts more than 10% stakes winners from foals and $105,983 average earnings per starter, which ranks him in the top one half of one percent of all stallions. His runners have earned $109,904,886 to date and he consistently ranks among the leaders on the annual General Sires List by earnings.
Over the past 21 days, three of his progeny became US Graded stakes winners for the first time, on synthetic, dirt and turf, at 8 ½ furlongs, 9 furlongs, and 12 furlongs. In that span, he sired his 25th Group/Grade 1 winner, Ashland S. (G1) victress Karlovy Vary.
Dynaformer began his career at Nathan Fox’s Wafare Farm for an advertised stud fee of just $5000. From his initial crop of just 47 foals, 46 went onto race and from that group came five stakes winners, including Blumin Affair, who was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 and third in the Kentucky Derby-G1.
Dynaformer relocated to Three Chimneys for the 1995 breeding season and has been with the farm ever since.
Foaled April 1, 1985, the 17hh son of Roberto is out of the His Majesty mare, Andover Way. Dynaformer was bred and raced by Joseph Allen, and his racing accomplishments included wins in the Jersey Derby (G2) and Discovery H. (G3) and earnings of $671,207.