10/04/2011 4:03PM

D'Accord dead at 32


Pensioned New York stallion D'Accord, sire of numerous graded winners and one of the last Secretariat sons, has died at age 32.

D'Accord had been pensioned since 1998 and died at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, N.Y., which announced his death on its Facebook page. D'Accord was euthanized on Monday because of the infirmities of old age.

Bred in Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. Bert Firestone, D'Accord was out of 1970's Canadian Horse of the Year and 1978's Broodmare of the Year, Fanfreluche, a daughter of Northern Dancer. That made D'Accord part of a highly esteemed family: He was a half-brother to two-time Canadian Horse of the year L'Enjoleur and three-time Canadian champion La Voyageuse, and a full brother to Canadian juvenile champion Medaille d'Or.

Racing for his breeders, D'Accord won in his second start, drawing away by 15 lengths. He went on to win the 1981 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, then a Grade 2 event, by 7 1/2 lengths. He also won four other races before retiring to stud. He earned $163,368 from his 5 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 10 career starts.

Although he also spent some time at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., D'Accord stood most of his stallion career in New York and became a solid sire for the Empire State. He sired a Grade 1 winner in Montreal Red and also sired millionaire and multiple graded winner North East Bound,   Grade 2 winners Lady D'Accord and Yestday's Kisses, track record-setting graded winner Warfie, Grade 1-placed stakes winner D'Parrot, and countless other hard-knocking runners.

His progeny earnings were $15,307,000 from 15 crops to race.