Lady Dyanaformer Wins First Start at Belterra

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, June 17, 2021

It's not everyday that we write articles about first time starters breaking their maidens, but the story of LADY DYANAFORMER is a little different and pretty special.

LADY DYANAFORMER is owned by Kyle Rothfus, also known as Kyle The OTTB Mare Guy on Facebook, where he has over 9000 Facebook followers. Kyle is a huge advocate and supporter of Thoroughbred Aftercare and is a Level 3 certified Harmony Horsemanship instructor. 

Over the years, he has worked with around 100 off the track Thoroughbreds and is the owner of four OTTB mares in addition to Dyana. He has a special passion for OTTB warhorse mares and has participated in the Retired Racehorse Project Makeover for five consecutive years. In 2017, he was the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover Ambassador. His 2019 RRP mount was WORTHY OF WINGS, a Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare graduate and warhorse with 138 starts!

Following Kyle on Facebook, you see a unique blend of a trainer, a supporter of Thoroughbred Aftercare and an owner with racing aspirations of his own. While there are many racehorse owners who are great supporters of aftercare, there are some people involved in the aftercare side that aren't exactly horse racing fans. Kyle has done an excellent job over the last year showing how good horse racing actually is, how much owners care for their horses and the excellent care that they receive. It's not always easy to deal with the naysayers, but he does a great job of showing the behind the scenes of the entire process. 

LADY MACJAZZ (SHAKESPEARE x JAZZ LADY by INDIAN CHARLIE), also known as Freja, was his first horse and 2015 Makeover partner. She is the dam of LADY DYANAFORMER. Dyana was sired by VERTIFORMER. 

Dyana was foaled on April 7, 2018 and this is around the time that I began following Kyle myself. His fans have watched her grow from a little foal in her first blanket, to a striking yearling to the beautiful filly she is today. Kyle completed all of Dyana's early training himself until it was time for her to go into race training. 

Kyle chose Brian Waltz as Dyana's first official trainer. Throughout her training, we've seen Dyana mature from her first rides to her first workouts to finally her first race.

LADY DYANAFORMER'S first start was June 17th, 2021 at Belterra Park. She was entered in Race 4, a Maiden Special Weight for accredited Ohio bred maidens, fillies and mares three years old and up, going six furlongs on the dirt. She was ridden by Rafael Mojica, Jr. wearing the purple MareWorthy silks. She handled everything like a professional from being quiet in the paddock to even warming up on the track without a pony for a few minutes.

The starting gates are always a little nerve wracking for young starters and because a couple had difficulties, Dyana got antsy and was backed out. Then she didn't exactly want to go back in! After a couple of kickouts, she did reload and a few seconds later, the gates opened. She had an awkward start and took a bit to get her legs back under her. Once she did, she went straight to the front and the race was hers from there. She finished first taking the win by 4 ΒΌ lengths. 

Since Dyana's first win, Kyle is looking to up the "stakes" and the Waltz Racing Stable will have her ready to hit the "turf" - if you know what I mean...

While it's easy to focus on the big name horses and the big name jockeys, part of what makes racing amazing and fun is that there are great people and great horses at every level of the sport. Horse Racing Radar is here to not only tell the stories of the big names, but to celebrate the accomplishments of those that are just starting out and watching them grow and achieve their dreams. We wish Kyle, Dyana, Dyana's Fan Club and all of her connections the best and can't wait to continue following your story.

Horse Racing Radar is excited to partner with new, up and coming jockeys, owners and trainers to tell their stories and celebrate their successes. We will continue to follow Kyle Rothfus and Lady Dyanaformer throughout her career.

Photo Credit: Susan Palmer

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