Ranking the Dynaformers-Number 6: Dynaskill

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Over the course of the season it’s become quite clear that Dynaformer has emerged as the preeminant sire of steeplechase stars. If there was still a debate it ended abruptly Saturday at Far Hills, when the five Dynaformer runners entered on the card finished with two wins, a second and a third. With that in mind, over the next week we’ll count down his top six runners of the past decade and look back on their accomplishments.

We’ll start the countdown with Dynaskill, who checks in at number six.

 

Dynaskill (Dynaformer-Skillogalee, Transworld): Sally Radcliffe’s 7-year-old mare is as immersed in steeplechase tradition as any horse in training. Bred by Radcliffe’s mother Kay Jeffords, Dynaskill is out of Skillogalee, a full-sister to Hall of Famer and five-time champion Lonesome Glory.

While Dynaskill has yet to live up to Lonesome Glory’s lofty accomplishments, she has created a niche for herself in the filly/mare stakes division over the past two seasons. The Bruce Miller trainee scored her first career hurdle win in the Margaret Henley at Nashville in May when she ran away from a deep field by 12 1/4 lengths over the soft ground. Dynaskill returned to finish third in Fair Hill’s Valentine Memorial two weeks later and was a solid second at Far Hills in the Peapack-Guelph Stakes. On the year she rates as a leading contender for the filly/mare championship with one win from five starts and $44,000 in earnings.