09/03/2009 11:00PM

Our New Recruit loses his battle with colic


DEL MAR, Calif. - Our New Recruit, the winner of the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai in 2004 and a stallion whose oldest foals are 2 this year, died on Aug. 29 after a bout with colic at Legacy Ranch in Clements, Calif, according to farm owner Pete Parrella. Our New Recruit, 10, had his first winner at Del Mar on Aug. 19 with the maiden claimer At the Front.

Parrella said that Our New Recruit had battled colic in the past.

"We'd saved him two or three times," Parrella said. "This was an unfortunate situation where we couldn't save him.

"We had him on a special diet. I guess some of them just have it. It's just a shame."

By Alphabet Soup, Our New Recruit raced for Lee and Susan Searing's CRK Stables and was trained by John Sadler. Our New Recruit won 6 of 19 starts and $1,470,915. The Golden Shaheen was by far Our New Recruit's biggest win. He later won the restricted Pirate's Bounty Handicap at Del Mar in 2004 but battled injury in 2005 and stood his first season at stud in 2006.

Parrella said that there are 16 2-year-olds in Our New Recruit's current crop, and as many as 40 yearlings.

Legacy stands Cindago, whose oldest foals are yearlings this year. There is the chance the farm could add a stallion before 2010 to replace Our New Recruit.

"We're going to support [Cindago]," Parrella said. "If the opportunity came up and somebody was looking to move a stallion to California, we would sure consider it. It would have to be the right fit, the right stallion."

A stakes winner for pocket change

Marcelo and Carlos Polanco could have paid cash for Camille C at the Barretts January mixed sale earlier this year. The 2-year-old filly cost a mere $4,200. There are trifectas that pay more.

At the time of the sale, it would have seemed impossible that such a filly would be in the winner's circle of the $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar on Wednesday.

Trainer Marcelo Polanco signed the ticket that day, but the filly races in the name of his brother, Carlos.

"I bought on instinct," said Carlos Polanco, the younger brother of Marcelo. "She's so beautiful, so tame. She's the perfect girl."

Camille C, by Roman Dancer, needed four races to beat maidens, racing only in maiden special weight races for California-breds. She finally won over 5 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park on July 18.

In her stakes debut, Camille C finished fourth in the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 7, 10 1/4 lengths behind the winner, Mi Sueno. In the Generous Portion over six furlongs, Camille C took the lead from the start, led by as many as two lengths, and won by 1 1/4 lengths over 8-5 favorite Whispering Hush, a maiden after two starts.

Camille C has won 2 of 6 starts and $118,520.

Camille C was bred by Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez. Camille C is out of the Rahy mare Paris Operetta, and is the dam's sixth named foal, five of which are winners. Camille C is by far the most successful of the group, which includes the three-time winner Song of Versailles ($58,125).

Paris Operetta did not race. Her dam, Paris Opera, won eight stakes at Aqueduct, Calder and Rockingham and earned $638,225.

Marcelo Polanco said Camille C will be pointed for the $100,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies over 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 3. It will be her first start beyond 6 1/2 furlongs.

"I think she can relax," he said.