10/31/2003 12:00AM

Lido Palace, Macho Uno head strong cast

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Florida's new stallion lineup for the 2004 breeding season looks to be the strongest in years. Entering stud in the Sunshine State are Lido Palace at Lambholm South and Macho Uno at Adena Springs South. Both horses are Grade 1 winners.

At least 10 more graded stakes winners will stand in Florida for the first time next year, including Essence of Dubai (Hartley-DeRenzo Walmac South), Repent (Clover Leaf II), Dollar Bill (Signature Thoroughbreds), and Scottish Halo (Jubilee Farm).

Macho Uno and Lido Palace have almost no pedigree similarities - except for Mr. Prospector, who appears three generations back in both horses. Each horse was a 2-year-old champion, Lido Palace in his native Chile and Macho Uno in North America in 2000.

"Macho Uno has been very well-received both by local breeders as well as out-of-state breeders," said Jack Brothers, business manager for Adena Springs. "My best estimate, based on the inquiries and the contracts, is he will get between 90 and 100 mares, same as Red Bullet did last year when he went into stud. As a matter of fact, all our new stallions in Florida are getting good responses from local as well as out-of-state breeders. Running Stag, now that his foals are on the ground, is getting repeat business."

Macho Uno, whose fee is $15,000 live foal, is a rarity in terms of pedigree, for he is a Grade 1 stakes winner who traces to Florida's first successful sire, Rough'n Tumble. Many years ago an Ocala Stud resident, Rough'n Tumble sired 22 stakes winners from 190 starters, including champions Dr. Fager and My Dear Girl, the dam of In Reality. All this happened during the formative years of Florida's Thoroughbred industry, a time when good mares were few and far between.

Macho Uno, out of Primal Force, by Blushing Groom, comes from a potent family. He is a half-brother to the successful young sire Awesome Again. What makes this pedigree unusual is that there are no crosses of Northern Dancer and only one line leading to Mr. Prospector.

As for Lido Palace, Roy S. Lerman, owner of Lambholm South and a partner in Lido Palace, said he was "very pleased" with breeder response to the horse.

"Florida was the right place to stand him," he said. "He stands out here. Not only was Lido Palace a top-class horse here in America, but he was a champion 2-year-old in his own country as well. He'll have a full book, without a doubt."

Lido Palace, who stands for $8,500 live foal, is by the stakes-placed Rich Man's Gold, a son of Forty Niner. In the family is the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association broodmare of the year Moment of Truth II, dam of stakes winners Indulto and Convenience. Lido Palace's siblings include his half-sister Crem Caramel (by Roy). She was champion 2-year-old filly, champion 3-year-old filly, and horse of the year at 3 in Chile. Another half-brother, Molto Vivace, finished second in two Chilean classics.

Make that Jubilee Farm

Jubilee Farm is a new name for an old homestead. The 400-acre farm was initially developed by Charlie DiLibero and named DiLibero Farm. Charlie DiLibero sold out a dozen years ago and the farm was renamed Blalock Farm South. The farm recently changed hands and is now the property of Tim and Renee Dodd.

Chris Jackson, Jubilee's manager, is a self-confessed cowboy from Nevada, but no mere country boy. Yes, he did rope steers, mess with all kinds of horses, and did the rodeo circuit, but he also apprenticed and learned the Thoroughbred trade at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, Quest Royal in New York, Hartley-DeRenzo in Florida, and most recently at Dunhill Stud, now Signature Thoroughbreds.

The sire Scottish Halo is Jubilee's big horse - in more ways than one.

"Scottish Halo may be the biggest horse in Marion County," Jackson said. "He's 17-3 hands. He's a big horse who was a multiple stakes winner at 2, including the Laurel Futurity, a Grade 3."

Scottish Halo, whose fee is $3,500 live foal, is out of Scottische, by Deputy Minister. The family includes Canadian champion Victorian Queen, and the Grade 1 stakes winners Judge Angelucci, War, and Peace.

Other stallions who will be standing at Jubilee include the stakes winners Awesome of Course, Runspastum, and Holiday Thunder, who is moving to Jubilee from Signature Thoroughbreds.