Whiting has been so encouraged by Roar of the Tiger's return to training that he is again thinking about possible success in type of races that would turn his well-bred horse into a stallion prospect.
"He's a pretty good horse," said Whiting. "Hopefully we can win a stakes race with him this fall and the obvious long range goal would be to get a graded stakes race in him." The latest injury to Roar of the Tiger came only two races into his return from a yearlong layoff that had interrupted a promising start to his career on American shores. He finished a troubled third behind Mineshaft in a Churchill Downs allowance race in November 2002 that served as the U.S. debut for both horses. Mineshaft would go on to earn "Horse of the Year" honors in 2003, but Roar of the Tiger's progress was interrupted by injury following a pair of allowance wins. If all goes well, Whiting hopes to have Roar of the Tiger racing again by early August. His career record now stands at 4-0-1 in nine races and he is 3-0-1 in his five U.S. starts.