Florida Stallion Tour d'Or Dead
Date Posted: 8/10/2005 1:23:25 PM
Last Updated: 8/12/2005 11:22:15 AM

Prominent Florida stallion Tour d'Or, one of the last major stallions stemming from Secretariat's male line, was euthanized in late July after foundering. The 23-year-old Secretariat grandson by Canadian champion Medaille d'Or stood since the mid-1990s at P. Noel Hickey's Irish Acres Farm near Ocala, Fla.

Hickey was the recipient of one of Tour d'Or's 22 stakes winners. Colorful Tour, a homebred trained by Hickey, won seven stakes, including the 2003 Essex (gr. III) and Razorback (gr. III) Handicaps at Oaklawn Park.

Tour d'Or, who entered stud at Baker Thoroughbred Farm near Morriston, Fla., got out to a quick start at stud. His first crop yielded only two foals, but one of them, Royal d'Or, developed into a multiple stakes winner.

Tour d'Or, who raced through his 8-year-old season, achieved a number of highpoints in a career noted for siring sound runners. He sired the earners of $3.9 million in one year, and was represented in another by 28 juvenile winners. In two other years, he just missed the $3-million mark in progeny earnings.

The most accomplished of Tour d'Or's stakes winners was millionaire Express Tour. As a 3-year-old in 2001, he captured the Jerome Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park and was champion 3-year-old male in Dubai after winning the group III U.A.E Derby over Street Cry and Lido Palace. As a 2-year-old, he won all three stakes in the Florida Stallion Series for males.

Tour d'Or also sired other graded winners Tour of the Cat, Phantom On Tour, Tour's Big Red, Cat On Tour, and Debby d'Or, who won a division of the 2000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. III) at Saratoga. Tour d'Or's progeny earnings stand at $20.3 million.

Tour d'Or's best racing came as a 2-year-old and as an older runner. Bred in Virginia by Red Hill Farm and a $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale yearling, Tour d'Or was undefeated in three starts as a 2-year-old in 1984 in England for Khalid Abdullah. In three years of racing as an older runner for a partnership that included Gerald Benjamin, he won or placed in eight stakes, including the 1990 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I).

Tour d'Or, who was produced from the Turn to Mars mare Debby's Turn, retired from racing with 19 wins from 47 stakes and earnings of $479,153.

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