By: Alan Porter
“Brilliant Speed is the only son of outstanding sire, Dynaformer, to win a grade one events on both the main track and on dirt. Out of a Gone West mare from a prolific stakes producing family, he is also one of his sire’s best bred sons at stud.”
Brilliant Speed is an example of the very successful cross of Dynaformer over mares from the male line of Mr. Prospector. In fact Brilliant Speed is one of no less than nine grade one winners resulting from the cross of Dynaformer over mares from this broodmare sire line. As breeding a stallion back over mares from his own broodmare sire line can often pay dividends, it might pay to try Brilliant Speed with mares from the Mr. Prospector male-line through such as Seeking the Gold (broodmare sire of two Dynaformer grade one winners, and sire of Mutakddim, Petionville and Cape Town), Kingmambo (sire of Lemon Drop Kid), Carson City (broodmare sire of Dynaformer’s Kentucky Derby victor Barbaro, and sire of City Zip, Cuvee, Lord Carson, Good and Tough, Pollard’s Vision and Five Star Day), Woodman, Thunder Gulch (by Gulch), Miswaki (sire of Black Tie Affair, and grandsire of Formal Gold) and Conquistador Cielo (sire of Marquetry, who looks particularly interesting being bred on a parallel cross to the dam of Brilliant Speed). We can also note that from the Fappiano line, Dynaformer is sire of two graded winners from only three starters out of mares by Unbridled’s Song, encouraging mares by sons of that stallion.
Alydar like Mr. Prospector is a son of Raise a Native, and again similarly-bred to Roberto on the distaff side of the pedigree. Dynaformer has stakes winners out of mares by Alydar sons Turkoman and Alysheba, and Alydar might also be brought in through Saratoga Six, Strike the Gold, Criminal Type, Easy Goer, Benchmark and Jeblar.
Dynaformer has also enjoyed great success when bred to mares from the Northern Dancer line. Dynaformer has sired grade one winners out of mares by Storm Bird and his son, Storm Cat (who might be interesting through Storm Cat/Mr.Prospector crosses such as Tale of the Cat, Sea of Secrets, Storm Boot, and Pure Prize, and through Forest Wildcat, Giant’s Causeway, Forestry, Tabasco Cat and Mountain Cat). There is a grade one winner by Dynaformer out of a mare by Zilzal, a son of Nureyev, and that line might also be brought in through Theatrical, Stravinsky, Spinning World, Atticus and Alwuhush. Dynaformer’s sire, Roberto, combines very well with Northern Dancer through Dixieland Band, who has worked under Dynaformer, and could be brought in through such as Dixie Union, Dixie Brass, Citidancer, Dixieland Heat and Chimes Band. Another branch of Northern Dancer to establish a positive connection with Dynaformer, is Nijinsky II, who could be sourced through Strawberry Road and Royal Academy (both broodmare sires of Dynaformer stakes winners), Sky Classic, Seattle Dancer and Green Dancer (and his son Greinton). It could also pay to try mares carrying Nijinsky II’s three-quarters-brother, The Minstrel. The cross of Dynaformer with mares by Danzig and sons has yielded six stakes winners and might be tried through such as Belong to Me, Exchange Rate, War Chant (who gives a well-placed double of Roberto), Hard Spun and War Front. In addition there are Dynaformer stakes winners out of mares descending from Northern Dancer through Sadler’s Wells (sire of El Prado and grandsire Kitten’s Joy, Medaglia d’Oro and Artie Schiller), El Gran Senor (sire of Lit de Justice and Helmsman), Lyphard (including a Dynaformer classic winner out of a mare by Linamix) and Sovereign Dancer (sire of Louis Quatorze and grandsire of Repent). Sons of Dynaformer have also outperformed opportunity with mares from the Deputy Minister branch of Northern Dancer, notably through French Deputy and Salt Lake, and daughters of Awesome Again (whose son, Ghostzapper, has a grade one winner out of a Dynaformer mare) and Touch Gold (who is from Brilliant Speed’s immediate family) are also worth considering.
Icecapade is a three-quarters relative to Northern Dancer, and Dynaformer has stakes winners for this line out of mares by Clever Trick (sire of Phone Trick), and Wild Again, who would be particularly interesting through Offlee Wild (out of a half-sister to Dynaformer), and could also be brought in through such as Wild Event, Wild Rush, Whiskey Wisdom, Vicar and Milwaukee Brew.
The Blushing Groom line is showing a marked affinity for Dynaformer, with World Champion Americain out of a mare by Arazi, and three stakes winners out of daughters of Rahy. There are also two stakes winners by Roberto line stallions out of mares by Mt. Livermore (sire of Housebuster, Peaks and Valleys and Orientate), and it could also be worth considering mares descending from Blushing Groom through Runaway Groom (sire of Cherokee Run, and grandsire of Kawfain and Yonaguska).
Dynaformer has sired grade one winners out of mares by the In Reality sons Relaunch and Valid Appeal. Relaunch sources including Skywalker, Honour and Glory, Slew Gin Fizz, Cee’s Tizzy, Bertrando, Officer, Put it Back and Tiznow, while among the sons of Valid Appeal are Successful Appeal, Valid Expectations and Valid Wager.
We can also note that Dynaformer has been exceptional with mares descending from Sharpen Up, with Diesis supplying the dams of eight Dynaformer stakes winners, two of them grade one, while other good crosses for Dynaformer have been Lord at War and Naskra (who can be found through Star de Naskra, Nasty and Bold and Olympia.