Far Hills to honor McDynamo

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"Image"The Far Hills Races, North America's richest steeplechase meet, will honor steeplechase great McDynamo in a retirement ceremony before the American Grand National (Gr. I) Saturday.

Owned by Michael Moran and trained by Sanna Hendriks, McDynamo won seven consecutive races at Far Hills – including five runnings of the Grand National – before retiring last year as the sport's career earnings leader. McDynamo won 15 of his 25 steeplechase starts, earned more than $1.3 million and won three Eclipse Awards as Champion Steeplechaser. The Kentucky-bred son of Dynaformer retired to life as a foxhunter on Moran's Pennsylvania farm.

Far Hills race chairmen Guy Torsilieri and John von Stade will crown the now 11-year-old gelding as the "King of Far Hills" in front of the usual sell-out crowd of 50,000-plus at sprawling Moorland Farms in Far Hills, N.J. Torsilieri said the presentation will include a bag of carrots fit for a horse, a trophy, a commemorative racing cooler and video highlights of his Far Hills victories.

"He deserves some kind of send-off and our fans deserve to see him again," said Torsilieri. "He was such a part of our race meet for so long that people recognize his name and know what he accomplished."

Moran purchased McDynamo at Keeneland in 1998, and the bay produced two flat wins from nine starts before converting the horse to jump racing. There, McDynamo thrived. He won his first start at Far Hills in 2001 and rocketed to the top of the sport a few years later with major victories in the Grand National (five times), Colonial Cup (three), Royal Chase and others.

McDynamo and Far Hills By The Numbers
7: Consecutive wins at Far Hills (2001-07).

5: Consecutive wins in the Grade I Grand National (2003-07).

17 3/4: Miles covered in his seven wins.

94: Jumps successfully cleared.

77: Combined margin of victory (in lengths).

Career Steeplechase Record: 25 starts, 15 wins, 4 seconds, 1 third. $1,310,104.