As a student, the young Brazilian Jose DeCamargo was bitten by the horse racing bug.  As a young man he went to Europe to lean what he could in the yards of Newmarket and Longchamp. 

In 1982, he made his way to New York to learn about American racing from Angel Penna Sr.  Eventually he would go out on his own with the support of some Brazilian breeders.  Working as a bloodstock agent buying horses for clients in South America and bringing Southern Hemisphere runners to the U.S., DeCamargo  bought and sold several stallions that once stood here in the Commonwealth.

His long term goal was to own and operate a farm in central Kentucky and he achieved that in 1991 when he opened Santa Escolastica , in Versailles, Ky.  There he established a solid business which led to the winner’s circle for the 2002 Kentucky Oaks when Farda Amiga won the famous race.

On Wednesday, Jose DeCamargo made history again when he purchased the stallion prospect (and former Virginia-bred Two-Year-Old Champion) Curlinello for $90,000.  That sale, at hip number 3606 of the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, marked the end of the Edward P. Evans’ Spring Hill Farm dispersal.

More importantly, it tolled the bell for the end of an era of Thoroughbred breeding both here in Virginia and nationally.

Tuesday, November 15th

3204  DB/BR.C. Spring Hill Farm – George Bolton $60,000

3206  DB/BR.C. Stop Talking – Jose Luis Espinoza $18,000

3235  DB/BR.C. Christmas for Liam – Steven W. Young, Agent $90,000*

3236  DB/BR.C. Christmas Punch – Larry Morse $9,000

3241  B.C. Dance City – Hilltop Winners Circle Stable $50,000

3266  B.C. Longwood Lane – Fantasy Lane Stable $90,000*

3271  CH.C. Page Meadows J T & B Racing $20,000

*Fourth highest price of session.

Wednesday, November 16th

3606  CH.C. Curlinello – Santa Escolastica $90,000*

*Second  highest price of session.