07/19/2012 3:59PM

Sherriff's Deputy, dam of Curlin, euthanized at 18


Sherriff’s Deputy, dam of 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin, was euthanized at Fares Farm in central Kentucky because of complications of laminitis, the farm announced Thursday. Sherriff’s Deputy was 18.

Sherriff’s Deputy, who was by Deputy Minister out of the Bates Motel mare Barbarika, was not bred in 2012, according to the farm. Her most recent foals include a weanling by Distorted Humor and a 3-year-old Smart Strike colt, Deputy Striker, who is a full brother to Curlin, the farm said.

Curlin was Sherriff’s Deputy’s most prominent foal. The two-time Horse of the Year won the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Preakness Stakes as a 3-year-old in 2007. The next year, he won the Dubai World Cup, Stephen Foster, Woodward, and repeated in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Sherriff’s Deputy was bred by Fares Farm, which is owned by Issam M. Fares.