Only Son of legendary sire DYNAFORMER to stand in California
By Dynaformer, the sire of the great Barbaro, Mr. Big is not only royally bred but also aptly named as he stands 17.2 hands tall. Dubbed the best physical son of dynasty-shaping Dynaformer and out of Fashion Delight, a stakes-winning and graded-stakes-producing Fappiano mare, it is no surprise that he commanded a sale price of $220,000 – as a weanling.
Mr. Big was a Bob Baffert trainee for most of his racing career where he flashed his unbridled talent while winning twice and recording an Equibase™ speed figure of 106. As he embarked on his stallion career, success came quickly: He has already six wins from three offspring to his credit, including a decisive win by his 3-year-old filly Big Book in the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes over 7 furlongs at Del Mar. Big Book is also the first offspring to earn graded black type for her sire, finishing second in the Grade-3 Torrey Pines Stakes (1 mile) at Del Mar.
One year earlier, Mr. Big’s first test foal, Big Break, won by a sensational 7 ¾ lengths at first asking at Santa Anita (5 ½ furlong on the dirt), and came back in the Santa Paula Stakes (6 ½ furlong on the dirt) to outrun Grade-1-placed Taste Like Candy and Grade-3-placed Morning Fix.
While Dynaformer’s genetics have long stamped him a “Sire of Sires,” his magnificent-looking son Mr. Big now set out to continue the dynasty in California. All of his five runners to date have finished in the money, and he can already boast about tremendously improving his mares. This quality trait is evidenced by an extraordinary Average Earnings Index (AEI) of 3.25 for the current year, achieved from mares whose Comparative Index (CI) is 0.81.
On California’s Third-Crop sire list, Mr. Big currently ranks 8th with progeny earnings of $384,640. His most recent winners, California-breds Big Book (now a stakes winner and Grade-3 stakes placed with earnings of over $198,000) and Big Move, were born, raised and started at E.A. Ranches, and also completed their early conditioning here.
Read bloodhorse.com article and watch race replay of Grade-3 Torrey Pines Stakes here.
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Big Book winning the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar (7-25-15, Race 3);
Big Book winning a 1 mile AOC on dirt at Santa Anita (6-13-15, Race 1);
Big Move winning a 6 ½ furlong Msw on the downhill turf at Santa Anita (6-13-15, Race 9);
Big Book winning a 6 furlong Msw on dirt at Santa Anita (5-23-15, Race 4);
Big Break winning a 6 furlong AOC on dirt at Santa Anita (5-16-15, Race 9).