09/30/2004 11:00PM

Roar of the Tiger on the way


The Florida stallion roster will have some changes in 2005. Giant's Causeway's full brother Roar of the Tiger will enter stud at Hartley/DeRenzo Walmac South, the previous home of leading juvenile sire Successful Appeal.

Roar of the Tiger is a foal of 1999, and in his four seasons of racing won in Ireland and the U.S. Like so many who enter stud in Florida, Roar of the Tiger, a son of Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy, has impeccable breeding credentials but lacks an upscale racing record. In addition to being a full brother to Giant's Causeway, he is also a full brother to both Freud, who is Group 2-placed in England, and Tumblebrutus, who is Group 3-placed in Ireland.

Hurricane Jeanne delayed Roar of the Tiger's arrival. A spokesperson for Hartley/DeRenzo said Roar of the Tiger will arrive as soon as the damage from the storm has been taken care of. After he is acclimatized, Roar of the Tiger will be shown in the annual farm managers' parade of stallions in November. Meanwhile, he is being syndicated for $20,000 per share and will stand his first season at $6,000 live foal.

Robyn Dancer off to New Mexico

Farnsworth Farms is saying goodbye to its successful stallion Robyn Dancer. A 14-year-old son of Crafty Prospector-Double Dancer, by Sword Dancer, Robyn Dancer is going to stand at Double LL Farm in Bosque, N.M.

"He's a very useful sire," said Mike Sherman, from Farnsworth Farms. "He's got 21 stakes winners and his get have earned almost $20 million. Robyn Dancer has considerable success with the few of his get who have raced in the West, and, when an old friend, Chris Coleman, asked me if I would sell him to stand in New Mexico, he made me an offer I just could not refuse."

DiLibero, breeder, dead at 76

Celestino "Charlie" DiLibero died this past week at the age of 76. He was a prominent Florida breeder all through the 1980's and was recognized for his achievements by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association with the Bruce Campbell Award. During the 80's, DiLibero stood two leading North American juvenile sires, An Eldorado and Lawmaker. Among his other accomplished homebreds were multiple graded stakes winners Amber Pass and Leave It Be.

As a youth, DiLibero dodged Allied bombs in his native Italy. After World War II, he emigrated to Massachusetts and worked his way up the economic ladder from selling flowers at local memorial parks to owning a successful landscaping company in the Boston area. As soon as he could afford to be involved, he went into the horse racing business. In the beginning he operated a racing stable, and among his early successes was the good sprinter Lion Sleeps, who during the 1971 winter season in Florida won five straight sprint stakes at old Tropical Park and Hialeah.

As his knowledge of the horse business grew, DiLibero began speculating in stallions and bought castoff Bold Ruler stallion prospects from the Phipps family stables. DiLibero initially resold these stallion prospects, and usually at a good profit. In the 1980's, he began a breeding program that would make national headlines when two stallion prospects, An Eldorado (by Vaguely Noble) and Lawmaker (by Round Table) became highly successful freshman sires. An Eldorado had neither the racing record nor the pedigree usually associated with a leading juvenile sire; Lawmaker was also no favorite to succeed as a juvenile sire. In l986, however, Lawmaker set the North American juvenile record with 30 2-year-old winners.

A few years ago he suffered a stroke and had been wheelchair-bound ever since. No one who knew him could ever recall Charlie sporting a grimace or a frown. Even in his dark times, his smile was infectious.

* The annual meeting of the FTBOA and the Florida Hall of Fame induction ceremony are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9, not Oct. 8, as reported last week.