McDynamo to be Honored with Far Hills Race

McDynamo | Tod Marks

This year's steeplechase races at Far Hills, which features the G1 American Grand National, will include an additional race named in honor of three-time Eclipse champion McDynamo (Dynaformer).

The McDynamo Stakes for maiden hurdlers 4-year-olds and up will be contested at 2 1/8 miles, and has the potential to carry a total purse of $70,000, making it the richest contest for non-winners on the National Steeplechase Association circuit. A “sweepstakes ante” of $1,000 per horse will be added to the $50,000 guaranteed purse.

As an added incentive, the Moran family, which campaigned the five-time Grand National winner who retired in 2007 as the sport's earnings leader, will match the “sweepstakes ante” amount. Therefore, if there are 10 starters (the maximum limit), the total purse will be $70,000.

“We have been meaning to honor McDynamo in some special way and this seemed like the right time, with a creative new concept that hopefully will carry on for years,” said Far Hills chairman Guy Torsilieri. “McDynamo's record at Far Hills, which started with his maiden victory in 2001, followed by a novice score the next year, and then five consecutive Grand Nationals, is one of the most remarkable accomplishments in steeplechase history. The Morans were pleased to hear about the new race and have generously contributed to the added-money stakes. It is going to be a special race, for a very special horse.”

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