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Sire Dynaformer
Dam Rondonia
Grandsire Roberto
Damsire Monteverdi
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1997
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Richard & Nathan Fox / Richard Kaster
Owner Michael Moran
Trainer Sanna Hendriks
Record 32: 16-6-1
Earnings $1,305,604
McDynamo is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Rondonia by Dynaformer. He was born around 1997 in the United States, and was bred by Richard & Nathan Fox / Richard Kaster.
Major wins
Hard Scuffle Hurdle (2002)
Supreme Hurdle Stakes (2002)
Royal Chase for the Sport Of Kings Hurdle (2003)
Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase
(2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2007)
Colonial Cup (2003, 2005, 2006)
Somerset Medical Center Race for Cancer Awareness Hurdle Stakes (2006)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Steeplechase horse
(2003, 2005, 2006)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

McDynamo is a thoroughbred gelding who is a five-time winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase at the Far Hills Races and a three-time honoree with the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Steeplechase horse. McDynamo was sired by Dynaformer.

Owner Michael Moran bought McDynamo for $82,000 at the Keeneland yearling sale in September 1998.[1]


As a three-year-old, McDynamo came in seventh at the Pimlico Race Course in May 2000 in his debut race. He won his next start at Pimlico at 1½-miles, but had just two more starts before being sidelined for a year after surgery to remove a hind ankle chip. He won only one of five races as a four-year old. After unsuccessful efforts at Saratoga Race Course (ridden by Pat Day) and Belmont Park, Moran turned McDynamo to Sanna Hendriks, who specializes in training steeplechasers. McDynamo won his first jump race by 4¼-lengths at Far Hills Races on October 20, 2001.[1]

The 2004 running of the Grade 1 $175,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase saw McDynamo, then a 7-year-old gelding coming back for his first race in 11 months after recovering from hock surgery, win the race for a second consecutive year, defeating Hirapour by 1½ lengths in a finishing time of 5:06.8. The race covered a 2⅝-mile distance and jumps over 14 fences. The crowd was estimated at 45,000.[2]

The 2007 running saw McDynamo running for a fifth consecutive title, one of nine horses running for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Grand National, with a purse of $300,000. At the age of 10, McDynamo was the oldest of 43 horses competing at Far Hills that day. All starters in the race carried 156 pounds.[3]

McDynamo was named Eclipse Award for Outstanding Steeplechase horse in 2003, 2005 and 2006.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Staff. "McDynamo Wins Third Steeplechase Eclipse in Four Years", The Blood-Horse magazine, January 27, 2007. Accessed September 9, 2008.
  2. "McDynamo wins second straight Breeders' Cup Steeplechase", USA Today, October 23, 2004. Accessed September 3, 2008.
  3. Clancy, Joe. "BC Steeplechase: McDynamo in drive for five", ESPN, October 20, 2007. Accessed September 3, 2008.

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