San Luis Rey Downs

Canadian Champion Interpol Joins Team O’Neill As Newest Lead Pony

Grade 1 winner and Sovereign Award champion Interpol has joined the ranks of Doug O’Neill’s racing stable at San Luis Rey Downs as a lead pony, the trainer announced on Facebook this week. An 8-year-old son of English Channel, Interpol won five of his 16 starts to earn just shy of half a million dollars […]

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Miller Pleased With Gray Magician; Colt On Target For Kentucky Derby Start

UAE Derby runner-up Gray Magician was originally listed as questionable for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but the sophomore son of Graydar has been working well since his return from Dubai. Peter Miller told drf.com that continued progress from the colt will give the trainer enough confidence to enter the Run for the Roses. On Saturday, […]

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California Stewards’ Log: Trainer ‘Lost His Cool’ In Barn Area, Tried To Choke Jockey

On Monday, The California Horse Racing Board released the stewards’ rulings for the December race meeting at Los Alamitos reports latimes.com. The list of eight Thoroughbred rulings from that time period includes several unusual incidents. Trainer Edin Walther Solis was fined $500 for disorderly conduct on Dec. 16. Solis allegedly tried to choke jockey John […]

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

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 […]

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Lilac Fire Hero Bellocq ‘Still In The Game,’ Oversaw Pair Of Runners Friday At Del Mar

Eleven months after she was severely burned attempting to save horses from the fire that devastated San Luis Rey Downs, trainer Martine Bellocq was in the Del Mar paddock Friday overseeing the saddling of two of her horses in the eight-race program. In a wheelchair that was navigated by her son-in-law Colin Hinck and with […]

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A Horsewoman Through And Through: Bellocq’s Courage Reflects Her Devotion To The Sport

On Wednesday evening, longtime horsewoman Martine Bellocq received the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters’ Bill Mooney Award for “displaying courage in the face of tremendous adversity” – a salute to her well-documented bravery during the wildfire which ripped through San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, Calif., last December. As has been detailed extensively in newspaper […]

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Race Track Chaplaincy Honors Lilac Fire Heroes With White Horse Award

A hero is a person who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. There are heroes all around the horse racing industry and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) recognizes some of these selfless servants through its White Horse Awards. Established in 2003, the White Horse Awards recognizes individuals within the horse […]

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Lovely Finish Takes Third In First Race Since Surviving The Lilac Fire

Lovely Finish, the filly saved from last year’s devastating Lilac fire at San Luis Rey Downs in Southern California, made an emotional return to the races Thursday for the man who saved her. “It’s definitely more than a horse race,” trainer Joe Herrick told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s like being a soccer dad, times […]

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Martine Bellocq To Be Honored With Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award

Martine Bellocq, the courageous trainer who went into the fires of hell in an attempt to save her horses last December at San Luis Rey Downs training center, has been selected to be the recipient of the 15th Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award. The prestigious honor and handsome trophy named for, and bestowed by, the Hall […]

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‘I Want To Send A Message’: Resilience Of Burned Trainer Martine Bellocq On Full Display

On Dec. 7, trainer Martine Bellocq braved billowing black smoke and encroaching flames in an effort to save her beloved horse, Wild Bill Hickory, at San Luis Rey Downs. In the months that followed, she has braved a whole lot more. Through burns over 60 percent of her body, a port in her chest, a […]

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