Of all the stallions currently standing, one really stands apart: Dynaformer, a son of Roberto out of a His Majesty mare. While he put up a solid stakes winning career by winning the GII Jersey Derby, the GII Discovery Handicap, and the ungraded Lucky Draw Stakes. His career winnings totaled over $670,000. But his progeny's earnings dwarf that number, coming in at near 100 million dollars worldwide.
But his legacy is as a stallion. The interesting thing is that he won at a high level on the dirt and at Classic distances, his progeny excel on the turf. This is not surprising, since his sire, Roberto, competed and dominated in Europe. Roberto finished second in the 2,000 Guineas and the won the Epsom Derby and the Gold and Cornonation Cups.
So it is no wonder that Dynaformer is putting the abiility to run on the lawn into his progeny. To date, he has sired:
- 123 Stakes Winners;
- 21 G1 SWs;
- 16 Millionaires;
- $7M+ in Earnings in a single year 6 times since 2003.
That is amazingly consistent production over the past 18 years. Of his 1075 registered foals, his SW% is 11%. That's a very solid production record. And since he stands for $125,000, he better be efficient. The SWs include Perfect Drift (winner of $4,714,213), Americain (winner of $4,484,554 in France and Australia, primarily), and Barbaro. He is also the sire of Brilliant speed, 3rd at this year's Belmont and the winner of the Blue Grass Stakes this year as well. So he is still going strong.
Doing the math on his progeny from PedigreeQuery.com (which I acknowledge is not 100% correct, but is the only place I can get all of the data in one shot):
Average Earnings: $81,336
Median Earnings: $18,531
Most Popular BM Sire: Mr. Prospector (34 mares) followed by Danzig (26 mares). When crossed with these two broodmare sires, the total earning are near 5.6million and the average earnings are 93k. Very impressive numbers there.
Having seen Dynaformer in person, he is an absolute specimen of a horse. He is every bit of 17 hands and is mean to boot.
Dynaformer in his Paddock (via johnchun)
Notice how they've left that brass ring on his halter. That's a chain shank that they leave on him so he's easier to control. That's some serious attitude right there. And while it is not unusual to handle a stallion with a chain shank all of the time, it is HIGHLY unusual to see it left on them all of the time. That means he really doesn't want to be caught when turned out.
If you want a turf horse, you go to Dynaformer. If you can't afford Dynaformer, join the club. We'll find something else, but it'll be hard to beat him.