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Top US Sire Dynaformer Dies Aged 27
Leading US sire Dynaformer (Roberto-Andover Way, by His Majesty) who had been pensioned at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky a fortnight ago "after experiencing a significant cardiac event in his stall" has died at age 27 reported bloodhorse.com. Dynaformer (who was initially standing the 2012 season at Three Chimneys for US$150,000 – a fee that had been the co-highest in North America in 2011) "was known internationally for siring such top class athletes as Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, Gr1 Melbourne Cup winner Americain & US$4.7 million-earner Perfect Drift" & Three Chimneys president Case Clay declared: "Dynaformer impacted the industry in a way that few ever have or will." Overall from 21 crops to race, Dynaformer boasts 130 stakes-winners (18 millionaires) & more than US$105 million progeny earnings. His 25 individual Gr1-winners also include US stars Brilliant Speed, Collect The Cash, Critical Eye, Dynaforce, Film Maker, Gozzip Girl, Harmonious, Purim, Riskaverse, Starrer, Vergennes & Karlovy Vary, plus international stars Lucarno (UK Gr1 St Leger Stakes), Ocean Silk (UK Champion), Rainbow View (Irish Gr1 Matron Stakes & UK Gr1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile) & Wiener Walzer (German Gr1 Deutsches Derby & Gr1 Rheinland-Pokal). Dynaformer is also the broodmare sire of 78 stakes-winners to date. Dynaformer began his stallion career at Wafare Farm in Kentucky for just US$5,000 & after producing 5 stakes-winners in his initial crop, relocated to Three Chimneys for the 1995 breeding season. His service fee reached US$150,000 in 2007 & has stayed there. On the track himself, Dynaformer (whose dam Andover Way was a Gr1-winner) recorded 7 wins (including the Gr2 Jersey Derby, Gr2 Discovery Handicap & Listed Lucky Draw Stakes) & 7 placings from 30 starts for US$671,207 earnings.