The High Flying Gelding
 By Wanderin Boy Memorial   •   26th May 2011   •   3,553 views   •   19 comments
I love horse racing. I’ve been a fan of it since I watched Rags to Riches win the Belmont Stakes in 2007. There are two kinds of horse racing, flat and steeple chasing. I’m not a fan of steeple chasing, but one day I saw a video about an amazing horse, and he was a steeplechaser. This horse was McDynamo.

The High Flying GeldingNot many people have heard of McDynamo, but I’m sure a lot of people know who is half-brother is. Barbaro. Both McDynamo and Barbaro are sired by Dynaformer.

In 2006, all eyes were are Barbaro and his tragic fight for survival at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania after he broke down in the Preakness Stakes. Less than 20 minutes away, McDynamo was battling to be steeple chasing’s most accomplished star. One quote describes McDynamo and his career:

“A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character.” -Frederico Tesio

McDynamo’s great success as a steeplechaser was not what his connections had originally anticipated. A gelding, McDynamo was bought for flat racing for $82,000 at the Keeneland yearling sale in September 1998. McDynamo’s owner was so excited and he couldn’t wait for his horse to start racing. After McDynamo was brought to his new home, his owner soon found out that McDynamo was a very nervous horse, and claustrophobic. He doesn’t like being in his stall, the starting gate, or in a trailer. Once McDynamo went in the starting gate at Delaware Park and he was the favorite for the race. He was the last horse to load and before they could close the hind gates, McDynamo backed out, dumped his rider, jumped the rail, and ran loose for 20 minutes. Then a trainer came over to McDynamo’s owner and said, “That horse should be a jumper.”

He raced on the flat as a 3 and 4 year old. McDynamo had lost 7 of 9 starts, so his owners tried him over hurdles. He was sent to a steeplechasing trainer. He was a great jumper. He jumped like a deer, and made up more ground jumping then he did running. It was almost like he was flying. He could take off 20 feet from the hurdle and land 20 feet away from it…that’s how confident McDynamo was when he jumped.

McDynamo won his first jump race by 4¼-lengths at Far Hills Races on October 20, 2001. In October 2002, McDynamo won his first graded stake, the Foxwood Supreme. He blew away his competition, winning it by a stunning 19 lengths. He then went on to win 9 of his 11 starts as a steeplechaser. He had an undefeated year as a 6 year old which included wins in the Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase, and the Grade 1 Colonial Cup. McDynamo had found his place to shine.

“It’s amazing to me, he’s got a lot of fans, and even his competitors became his fans.” - Sanna Hendriks, McDynamo’s trainer.

McDynamo went on the win the Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase 3 more times. He won that race in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He also won the Colonial Cup two more times. He won that race in 2003, 2005, and 2006. In the end, he the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Steeplechase horse in 2003, 2005, and 2006.

It was McDynamo’s last Breeders’ Cup race in 2007, his 7th year racing at Far Hills, which was the most memorable to the people that loved him. All the cards were supposed to be against him and he was the oldest horse running that day. No horse was in the double digits except for him…he was 10 years old. According to his was incredible.

“At the final jump in the Breeders’ Cup! McDynamo by five! A fifth straight Breeders’ Cup!”

McDynamo went on the place 6th in the Colonial Cup and it was a sign that it was time for him to move on. His owners wanted to retire McDynamo in a timely matter so that he doesn’t get hurt so his 6th place finish was a blessing to them.

Today, McDynamo is now living happily and sound with his trainer doing something that he loves….foxhunting.

McDynamo, the high-flying gelding has become a legend, as well as the leading money-winning American steeplechaser of all time

McDynamo will be remembered as one of the best in one of the toughest of equine sports.
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Stay Untamed  
good article! Sounds like a cool horse!
  49 days ago  •  2,172 views
Wow I never knew that Barbaro had a half brother who was famous.
  49 days ago  •  2,312 views
WOW!! I've never followed Steeple Chasing but this is pretty cool!! Its a bummer he's a gelding....but horse cloning is become more popular with acomplished geldings in the eventing world.
  49 days ago  •  2,136 views
No Walkin Farms9  
Great article. I'm not that into Steeplechasing either. I remember reading about in the Thoroughbred books and that's about as far as my education (if you could even call it that lol) went. McDynamo sounds like a great horse.
  49 days ago  •  2,174 views
Prarie Rose  
Great story!
  49 days ago  •  2,138 views
What a great horse. It was nice to learn about him! :D
  49 days ago  •  2,132 views
Chris Antley Memorial  MOD 
Great article! Very well-written. I ♥ McDynamo!
  49 days ago  •  2,185 views
Soul Horse  
wow what an amazing horse it seems that sire of barbaro and mcdynamo has some great bloodlines.
  48 days ago  •  2,169 views
T E M P E S T  
such a cool horse!
  48 days ago  •  2,349 views
Carpe Diem  
Love it! Very pretty horsey and great article :)
  48 days ago  •  2,136 views
T W I  
Wow, what an amazing horse with such a heart. I'm glad they recognized his potential!
  47 days ago  •  2,178 views
great article!!!!
  45 days ago  •  2,131 views
Seven Sins  
wonderful article
  45 days ago  •  2,151 views
that's so cool!!:)
  40 days ago  •  2,220 views
Cruisin Past Curfew  
I know Barbro! I have a book on him :)
  29 days ago  •  2,131 views
awesome horse:)
  29 days ago  •  2,152 views
this was a really good article
  25 days ago  •  2,131 views
Thanks for the post!
  Dec 3, 2011  •  2,186 views
i liked ur article it was cool! nice horse!!!
  Dec 4, 2011  •  2,158 views
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