04/17/2012 2:13PM

Grade 1 winner Trumpet's Blare dies at 25


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Grade 1 winner Trumpet’s Blare, whose son Al Mubhej was a session-topper at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale, has died at age 25.

The Vice Regent mare was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age. She died at Meg Levy’s Bluewater Farm in Lexington, where she most recently served as a babysitter.

“She was awesome,” Bluewater owner Meg Levy said. “She was a great babysitter because you could put her out with anything. We would put her with the girls just coming off the track who were hyper or with mares getting ready to foal who were uncomfortable. You could put her with weanlings, too.”

Well before her days as a babysitter, Trumpet’s Blare was best known as the winner of the 1989 Arlington-Washington Lassie and four other stakes for her owner, Robert Levy, whose son Michael is Meg Levy’s husband and her partner in Bluewater. North Ridge Farm bred Trumpet’s Blare and sold her to Levy’s Muirfield East for $175,000 at the 1988 Keeneland July yearling sale. She went on to earn $532,810 from a race record of 9 wins, 8 seconds, and 5 thirds in 40 starts.

During her broodmare career, Trumpet’s Blare produced three winners from five starts. She did not produce a stakes winner but gave Bluewater its first seven-figure horse when Al Mubhej, by A. P. Indy, brought $1.3 million at the Saratoga sale’s opening session.

Trumpet’s Blare was out of the stakes-placed Buckpasser mare Passing Look and was a full sister to stakes winner In My Cap, second dam of Albert the Great.