2002 by Dynaformer–Kirsteena, by Lord At War (Arg)
By Avalyn Hunter
Essentially a miler, Purim was more speed-oriented than most of the Dynaformers. He is the first grade/group I winner by Dynaformer to go to stud and was a graded stakes winner on both dirt and turf, though his biggest win was in the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at age five. Success on his part may be crucial in helping to maintain the male line of Roberto in North America, as the best sons of Brian's Time and Silver Hawk are standing abroad. Mares with a good balance of speed and stamina in their pedigrees seem likeliest to work with him.
Purim is from the family of Aspidistra, dam of Dr. Fager, a stallion responsible for five graded stakes winners in combination with Dynaformer including grade I winners Critical Eye and Collect the Cash. Other members of the family of Aspidistra include Unbridled, Judge T C, Pentelicus, and Great Above.
Fappiano has, of course, combined well with Aspidistra, and Dynaformer has sired three grade I winners from mares returning Mr. Prospector, generally appearing to work best when Mr. Prospector is combined with staying strains such as Round Table and Nijinsky II. Seeking the Gold may be particularly desirable. Independent of Mr. Prospector, Nijinsky II has not had exceptional results with Dynaformer, but Storm Cat and Lyphard have both shown some promise.
Dynaformer has also had success with Relaunch, Damascus, Icecapade, Sharpen Up, and Alydar, all outcrosses to Purim and all with some evidence of compatibility with the distaff side of Purim’s pedigree. Caro may also be a possibility, and daughters of Monarchos, whose second dam combines Roberto, *Ribot, and Golden Trail, could be interesting. Seattle Slew may also be interesting as Dynaformer has a couple of grade III winners from horses returning Seattle Slew, but type may be critical here; given the massive size of Dynaformer and Purim and the tendency of many of the Seattle Slews to be large and coarse, it may be best to use smaller, more refined mares to introduce Seattle Slew blood.