McDyamo and Tuscalee, champions who hold the respective records for steeplechase earnings and victories, have been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame, officials of the National Racing Museum announced on Friday. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at ceremonies in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 9.
McDynamo, owned by Michael Moran of Unionville, Pa., and trained by Sanna N. Hendriks, was elected in his first year of eligibility for the Racing Hall of Fame under a quadrennial voting system. The Dynaformer gelding was the Eclipse Award winner as champion steeplechase horse in 2003, 2005, and 2006, and his $1,310,104 in purse earnings established a National Steeplechase Association record. He had 15 steeplechase victories from 25 starts over fences in addition to two wins from nine starts on the flat.
In all, McDynamo won 11 Grade 1 steeplechase races, including an unprecedented five consecutive runnings of the Grand National (Gr. 1) at Far Hills, N.J., from 2003 through 2007. In all, he made six starts at the New Jersey meet and was undefeated, beginning with a victory in the Foxbrook Champion Hurdle in 2002. He also won three editions of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1), in 2003, 2005, and 2006.
Bred in Kentucky by Richard Fox, Nathan Fox, and Richard Kaster, McDyamo readily took to racing over fences and won nine of his first 11 starts under National Steeplechase Association rules. He was retired at age ten in 2007 after his final Grand National victory and an unplaced finish in the Colonial Cup.
Tuscalee, bred and owned by Alfred H. Smith Sr., holds the record of 37 steeplechase victories in a nine-year racing career that concluded in 1972. He was voted the Thoroughbred Racing Associations’ champion in 1966, when he won a record ten steeplechase races.
Trained by Joe Aitcheson Sr., Tuscalee won four editions of the National Hunt Cup. Raced principally in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Maryland-bred Tuscany gelding won no fewer than nine stakes races at Delaware Park.
“The National Steeplechase Association congratulates McDynamo and Tuscalee on their election into the Racing Hall of Fame,” said NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri, who also is co-chair of the Far Hills Races with retired National Museum of Racing President John von Stade. “Both had outstanding records in their respective eras, and both were deserving champions.”