Wild Applause, dam of four stakes winners and one of seven stakes winners from her dam, 1993 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Glowing Tribute, died April 2 from foaling complications at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington. Owned by the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, the 22-year-old Northern Dancer mare produced a Pulpit colt a week earlier. The colt was placed on a nurse mare.
Wild Applause, who raced as a homebred for Paul Mellon, has been in the racing news because of the recent achievements of two of her offspring. Her unbeaten son Eastern Echo, a grade I winner by Damascus, is the sire of Kentucky Derby contender Buddy Gil, who won the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). Wild Applause's 3-year-old daughter, Yell (by A.P. Indy), won the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park for Claiborne and Dilschneider.
Wild Applause won half of her 10 races, including the 1984 Diana Handicap (gr. IIT) and Comely Stakes (gr. III), and earned $240,136 in the Rokeby Stable silks. Claiborne president Seth Hancock bought her for $1,025,000 in foal to Forty Niner from Rokeby at the 1992 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The resultant foal, Roar, developed into a grade II winner for Claiborne and Dilschneider.
Wild Applause, whose half-brother, Sea Hero, won the 1993 Kentucky Derby for Mellon, produced 11 named foals, nine of which won, including additional stakes winner Blare of Trumpets. Wild Applause was buried at Claiborne.