06/04/2006 11:00PM

Countess Diana dead


Countess Diana, 1997's juvenile filly champion, was euthanized in Lexington on May 27 due to wobbler syndrome. The insurance company Lloyd's of London, which owned the mare at the time of her death, had hoped surgery would help the mare regain coordination. Countess Diana previously belonged to Kentucky's WinStar Farm. She won the 1997 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and is the dam of stakes-winner Mama Nadine.

In other news, Kentucky stallions Quiet American, and Elusive Quality, sire of Smarty Jones, will relocate from Gainsborough Stud near Versailles to Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley at Jonabell in Lexington. Sheikh Mohammed owns both stallions but stood them at Gainsborough, owned by his brother, the late Sheikh Maktoum al-Maktoum who died in January.