One Year Later: Innumerable Heroes Among ‘Resilient’ San Luis Rey Survivors

by | 12.07.2018 | 2:43pm
Horses scattering as the Lilac Fire ripped through San Luis Rey Downs

One year after a wildfire tragically killed 46 horses at San Luis Rey Downs, those who endured the flames will gather at a nearby restaurant to remember. Horsemen from every walk of life came together that day, working endlessly to try to save their four-legged friends. Several, like Martine Bellocq and Joe Herrick, still bear the physical scars from the fire. The emotional scars that the fire left behind haven't been forgotten either, reports

“I wasn't just scared, I was fucking scared, man,” said veterinarian Charles Jenkins at the time. “But I tell you what, there were lots of heroes yesterday.”

Looking back over the past year, Jenkins marveled at the way those heroes have made their way back: “You'd think that, with something that catastrophic, it would take them a long time to bounce back, but you know the people around the racetrack – they're a resilient crew.”


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