Curlin's Dam, Sherriff's Deputy, Dies
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Sherriff's Deputy

Sherriff's Deputy, the dam of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin  , has been euthanized at Issam Fares' Fares Farm near Lexington because of complications from laminitis. The daughter of Deputy Minister was 18.

Curlin, by Smart Strike  , was Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008. During his first Horse of the Year season, he won the Breeders' Cup Classic − Powered by Dodge (gr. I), the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), and two other graded stakes. He finished second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and also was voted champion 3-year-old male.

In 2008, Curlin captured another Jockey Club Gold Cup, plus the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), and the Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). He earned an Eclipse Award as champion older male and was a champion in Dubai.

Curlin, who ranks as North America's all-time leader with earnings of $10,501,800, stands at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. 

"Sherriff's Deputy has been a dear part of the Fares Farm family for 18 years, and she's responsible for some of our fondest memories," said Shannon White, general manager at Fares. "I'd like to thank farm manager Carrie Clark and veterinarians Laurie Metcalf, Christina Lu, and Raul Bras for their diligence and care in providing for a comfortable and productive life for Sherriff's Deputy.

"I have no doubt that Curlin got his grit and determination from this mare; her constitution and resolve were absolutely unparalleled," White added.

Bred by Fares Farm, Sherriff's Deputy is out of grade II winner Barbarika (by Bates Motel).

Sherriff's Deputy is the dam of two other winners. Her other foals include an unplaced 3-year-old full brother to Curlin named Deputy Striker and a Distorted Humor   weanling filly. Sherriff's Deputy was not bred in 2012.

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