Deputy Minister (horse)
Deputy Minister (1979–2004) was a Canadian-bred Thoroughbred horse racing Champion. At age two, he won eight out the nine races entered, and was voted the 1981 Sovereign and Eclipse Award winner as North American Champion 2-Yr-Old, and was also voted Canada's Sovereign Award for Horse of the Year. Early in his 1982 campaign, Deputy Minister wrenched an ankle while competing in the Bahamas Stakes at Hialeah Park, which restricted his racing that year.
After a good 1983 season in which he won the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship, Donn Handicap and the Tom Fool Handicap, Deputy Minister was retired to stand at stud at the Maryland branch of Windfields Farm where he sired future U.S. Hall of Famer, Go for Wand. By 1989 his success as a sire had led to his being moved to Fred Seitz's Brookdale Farm in Versailles, Kentucky where he spent the rest of his life. A career sire of 80 Graded stakes race winners, Deputy Minister was also the damsire of 108 stakes winners.
In 1988, he was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Deputy Minister died of a malignant tumor at the Ohio State University veterinary hospital in Columbus, Ohio and was buried at Brookdale Farm.
- Open Mind, won Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, voted American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (1988)
American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1989)
Grandsire of :
- Silverbulletday : U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Filly of 1998 and the U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly of 1999. Multiple G1 race winner including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Kentucky Oaks
Damsire of :
- Kane Hekili, multi-millionaire colt, won four Grade 1 races in Japan including the 2005 Japan Cup Dirt
- Curlin : 2007 American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse, 2007 and 2008 American Horse of the Year Two Time Winner Of The Jockey Club Gold Cup, Highest Earning American Horse In History With over 10 million in earnings.
- Rags to Riches : Kentucky Oaks (2007), Belmont Stakes (2007), American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (2007)
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