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Blue Bunting -York 18.08.2011

Blue Bunting: last year's dual Classic winner flew the flag for Dynaformer

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

Dynaformer retired aftersuffering cardiac event

DYNAFORMER, one of the most expensive stallions in North America and a big influence in Europe, has been pensioned from covering duties at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky after suffering what the stud has called "a significant cardiac event in his stall" on Saturday.

"Dynaformer's heart condition is not uncommon in older horses," Three Chimneys resident vet DrJim Morehead said. "Sometimes these conditions deteriorate and further breeding only increases the risk to the horse."

The 27-year-old son of Roberto covered a restricted book of mares this season after getting half of his 50-strong book in foal last year.

Dynaformer, who stands a massive 17 hands high, 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.

This year his stud fee was advertised at $150,000, making him the joint-dearest stallion in the US alongside Bernardini and Street Cry.

Dynaformer has earned top billing by siring 25 individual Group or Grade 1 winners including household names such as ill-fated Kentucky Derby hero Barbaro and Melbourne Cup winner Americain. Earlier this month Karlovy Vary became his latest top-flight scorerin the Ashland Stakes.

He made a big impact in Europe, where he has sired last season's 1,000 Guineas and Irish Oaks heroine Blue Bunting, other Classic winners Lucarno and Wiener Walzer, Group 1 scorers Rainbow View and White Moonstone, as well as a host of other high-class horses such as Beat All, Meeznah and Ocean Silk.

Daughters of Dynaformer have produced the Grade 1 winners Hollywood Story, Prince Will I Am, Sharp Lisa, Spring At Last and Stately Victor.

Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert Clay said: "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.

"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."





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