This week in Horse Racing is supposed to be one of the more festive ones as “Derby Week” official starts. Basically, Derby Week consists of a week long party in Louisville, Kentucky as they build towards the 2012 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. However with the news of Dynaformer, one of the more influential stallions in recent years, passing I must admit it threw some cold water on an otherwise really fun week.
Dynaformer had been resting comfortably, eating well, and maintaining his daily turnout routine in the days following an aortic valve rupture the afternoon of April 14 while in his stall, but his health took a turn for the worse on the evening of April 28.
Dynaformer, who was known for being ornery, started in 30 races from 1988 thru 1989, winning seven of them, placing in five, and coming third twice. Bred by Joseph Allen and owned by Paul Lynn, his Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas once said Dynaformer “was the most difficult horse I ever trained.”
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