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McDynamo

McDynamo
Induction Year: 
2013
Foaled: 
1997
Breeder: 
Richard Fox, Nathan Fox and Richard Kaster
Owner: 
Michael J. Moran
Trainer: 
Sanna N. Hendricks
Sire: 
Dynaformer
Dam: 
Rondonia
Damsire: 
Monteverdi (IRE)
Career Years: 
2000-2007
Starts: 
34
First: 
17
Second: 
6
Third: 
1
Earnings: 
$1,354,994.00

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Bio

A winner of 11 Grade 1 steeplechase events, McDynamo retired in 2007 as the all-time leader in jump earnings with $1,310,104.

 

Purchased by Michael J. Moran for $82,000 at the Keeneland yearling sales in September of 1998, McDynamo was a son of Dynaformer out of the Monteverdi (IRE) mare Rondonia. Bred in Kentucky by Richard Fox, Nathan Fox and Richard Kaster, McDynamo began his career as a flat racer and broke his maiden in his second career start in June of 2000 at Pimlico.

 

However, after only having two wins in his first nine career starts, McDynamo was made into a jumper and Moran, who initially served as his trainer, put the horse in the care of Sanna Hendricks. McDynamo was an instant success as a steeplechaser, winning nine of his first 11 over jumps. He won the first of three Eclipse Awards in 2003 when he won the Grand National, Colonial Cup and Royal Chase.

 

McDynamo came back and won the Grand National in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The first four of his record five wins in the race took place when it was a Breeders’ Cup event. He set course records in the Grand National in both 2003 and 2004 and his Grand National win in 2006 allowed him to become steeplechasing’s all-time earnings leader, surpassing Lonesome Glory. McDynamo’s fifth and final victory in the Grand National, at the age of 10, also secured him a win at the famous Moorland Farm course in New Jersey for an incredible seventh consecutive year. He was dubbed the “King of Far Hills.”

 

After winning the 2003 Colonial Cup in record time, McDynamo added two more wins in the race in 2005 and 2006. McDynamo also won the Eclipse Award in both of those years.

 

McDynamo was retired in 2007 with a career record of 17-6-1 from 34 starts and earnings of $1,354,994. Fifteen of his wins came in steeplechase events.

 

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