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US Sire & Secretariat Son D'Accord Dies Aged 32

Friday, 7th October 2011

US Gr2-winning stallion D'Accord (Secretariat-Fanfreluche, by Northern Dancer) was euthanased at Akindale Farm in New York aged 32 “because of complications from old age” reported bloodhorse.com. D’Accord (a member of Secretariat’s 5th crop) “created a huge buzz as a 2YO in 1981 racing for owner & co-breeder Bertram Firestone. After finishing 2nd in his 1st start, he broke his maiden by a 15-lengths at Belmont Park & then scored by 12-lengths at Keeneland. He closed out the year with a 7.5-lengths triumph in the Gr2 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.” D’Accord “was bothered by a virus during much of 1982 & captured only 1 of 5 starts (at Saratoga)”; he finished 4th in the Gr1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland that year. D’Accord raced once as a 4YO in 1983, winning at Gulfstream Park before being retired with 5 wins from 10 starts. Firestone sold D’Accord to John Hettinger (who owned Akindale prior to his death in 2008) & D’Accord began his stallion career at Akindale in 1984; later he also stood at Sugar Maple Farm & McMahon Of Saratoga Thoroughbreds (both in New York) & at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky; his last season at stud in 1998 was at McMahon Of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. Overall D’Accord sired 335 foals (for 284 starters & 219 winners). His 21 stakes-winners include Gr1-winner Montreal Red (who stands at Black Diamond Farm in Florida) & Gr2-winners Lady d'Accord, North East Bound, Warfie & Yestday's Kisses. D’Accord’s overall progeny earnings are over US$15.3 million. As a broodmare sire, D’Accord is represented by Gr1-winners Buy The Sport, Franny Freud & D'wildcat  (who stands at Vinery Florida). D’Accord (whose dam Fanfreluche was a Canadian Horse-Of-The-Year) is a full-brother to Canadian champion Medaille d’Oro & a half-brother to dual Canadian Horse-Of-The-Year L'Enjoleur, Canada champion La Voyageuse & stakes-winner Grand Luxe.

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