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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/28/04)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


A Kentucky-bred 2-year-old gelding foaled in August of 2002 finished far back Friday in his second career start at Arlington Park, two years and one week after his actual foaling date.

Joseph Marculkaitis's Squire Brown, by Sky Classic out of the Sunny's Halo mare Lopes Quintas, was always outrun and finished 11th in Friday's 12-horse maiden special weight field, 15 days after the bay youngster had run seventh when entered for a $25,000 claiming tag.

The extremely rare August foal was conceived with the plan that the foaling would be in South America, according to his breeder Jose Laudo DeCamargo, of Santa Escolastica Inc. North American foals, regardless of their foaling date during the normal first six months of the year, celebrate a common birthday on the previous Jan. 1. South American foals are exactly six months behind their North American counterparts.

DeCamargo has been specializing in imports and exports to the United States from several South American countries and vice versa for a number of years, and has breeding operations in both Kentucky and Brazil. Also, he has been representing several Argentinean and Brazilian clients at sales since 1991, and since that time has purchased over 500 horses.

Although his memory of the foal since named Squire Brown was somewhat sketchy given the volume of his operations, DeCamargo confirmed that the mare was bred with the intention that the foal would be dropped in South America.

"I think we gave him away," said DeCamargo Saturday morning from Kentucky. "As I remember it, he had a bad hock and his conformation made him unsuitable for a sale. If they ran him yesterday, that would be like running most North American 2-year-olds in January.

"With his breeding, he should do very well on the grass," DeCamargo added, "but he'll probably need a little more time to grow into himself."

Trainer Ron Goodridge confirmed Saturday that the gelding was purchased privately partly because of his potential as a turf horse.


Dogwood Stable's Departing Now and Shamrock Hill Farm's Santana Springs, a pair of juveniles by Wheaton with varying degrees of experience, may both be well regarded when they face five other 2-year-olds in Sunday's $52,800 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Arlington Park.

The Spectacular Bid, contested at seven furlongs, is the final major local prep for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Futurity, to be run at one mile Sept. 19, closing day of Arlington's 2004 racing season.

Departing Now finished fifth in Saratoga's Grade II Sanford Stakes at last asking July 29 behind top 2-year-old Afleet Alex, but won the $50,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes July 1 by eight and a quarter, and was fourth in Belmont's Grade III Flash Stakes June 4.

Santana Springs has made one trip to the post, winning a $50,000 maiden claiming test at Arlington Park July 31 by nine lengths.

Facing Departing Now and Santana Springs are Blackjack Thoroughbreds' Logan's Draw, Thomas Willmott's Lucky Sherman, Jer-Mar Stable LLC's Smoke Smoke Smoke, Thunderhead Farms' Rocky River, and Kenneth & Ann Jones LP & Ruth C. Brightbill's Expect Wings.


It's been a calendar week of eye-popping payoffs at Arlington, beginning last Sunday when Get In The Picture Stable's I Will Survive, Ken Sentel & Tom Dorris's Rupert's Fire and Kathleen J. Brown & Gail Bigelow's Freddie's Folly combined in that respective order of finish for a season high trifecta payoff of $12,487, based on a $2 wager.

A season high superfecta payoff of $38,724.60, also based on a $2 wager, followed on Thursday when Mellon Patch Inc.'s Silvermin, Tim Cook's Trading Halt, Mark Van Keirsbilck's Highcastle and Mary Ann Calabrese's Besheft were the first four horses under the wire in the last race of the day.


Jockeys Jesse Campbell and Carlos H. Marquez Jr., both of whose engagements are handled by agent Penny Fitch-Hayes, provided a pair of positive points of news for their employee during the current week.

Campbell won 10 races from Aug. 20 to 27, with several multiple-win days and an average win payoff of more than $11 during that time.

Marquez, who suffered leg injuries in a spill during training hours earlier this week, is recuperating quickly and will ride two horses Sunday at Arlington as he continues a gradual recovery from his injuries.

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