Dynaski Airs in Ben Nevis

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Tom Voss was on his way to Belmont Park in November 2007. The Maryland trainer had a horse to run and a horse to see. The racing office called Voss to tell him bad weather had forced the cancellation of the card. Voss nearly turned around, then decided to help put his horse back on the van. He nearly forgot to go see a big gelding of James Bond’s.


Voss walked in the barn, looked at the horse, done up in bandages and under a blanket.

“I’ll take him,” Voss said.

Nearly two years later, that horse is Voss’ best jumper.

Owned by Armata Stable, Dynaski won for the third time in his five-race career, galloping resolutely and jumping steadily to win the inaugural running of the Ben Nevis. The 6-year-old son of Dynaformer was winless in 10 starts on the flat but showed stamina while picking up two seconds on the grass.

Peter Buchanan allowed Dynaski to travel widest of all around four turns but had plenty left to win the $70,000 restricted stakes. Arcadius, who had to wait for room on the turn, finished second with Swagger Stick third. Six horses charged to the last with a chance but Dynaski cruised with engine at half speed. He let his rivals get close as he popped the last and put it away for good.

“He’s got such a long, strong stride, if I was in amongst horses he would have been getting bumped, losing his action and he wouldn’t have been happy,” Buchanan said. “These tracks are tight enough for him, jeez, I’d love to take him home and get him a big, galloping course, bring him to Newbury or somewhere.”
Voss recruited Buchanan for the Saratoga meet, to replace the injured Padge Whelan. Buchanan arrived from Britain for the Saratoga Open House and promptly won two races.

Dynaski made three.

“He was pricking his ears at the last, I was waiting for someone to come to give me a lead,” Buchanan said. “He was never headed, only when he heard them did he go again. When I heard them, I gave him one flick and then I used hands and heels. I’m delighted to ride nice horses, it doesn’t matter where you are, it’s good to come and ride good horses. Trust yourself, trust your horse.”