04/14/2003 11:00PM

Wild Applause dead at 22


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Wild Applause - dam of Grade 1 winner Eastern Echo and graded winners Yell, Blare of Trumpets, and Roar - died April 2 of foaling complications at 22.

The mare, who resided at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., died at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to a report in the Thoroughbred Times on Tuesday.

A daughter of the great stallion Northern Dancer and 1993's Broodmare of the Year, Glowing Tribute (Graustark), Wild Applause won the Grade 2 Diana Handicap and Grade 3 Comely Stakes in 1984 and finished second in the Grade 2 Test and third in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes that year. In two years at the races, Wild Applause won half her 10 career starts for lifetime earnings of $240,136.

But she increased her value substantially during her breeding career. Her second foal, a Damascus colt, was Eastern Echo, who went on to win the Grade 1 Futurity Stakes. Her third was the Fit to Fight filly Blare of Trumpets, winner of the Grade 3 Toboggan and second in the Grade 3 Coaltown Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Wild Applause later produced Roar, a son of Forty Niner who won the Grade 2 Jim Beam and Grade 3 Swale. In 2000, she foaled the A. P. Indy filly Yell, winner of the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes.

Wild Applause, a half-sister to the 1993 Kentucky Derby and Travers winner, Sea Hero, was barren in 2002, and has a 2003 Pulpit colt.