San Luis Rey

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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Victor Espinoza To Be Honored At Edwin Gregson Foundation Fundraiser

The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation announces that it will host a charity fundraising dinner honoring Triple Crown and Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza. The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 12, at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, located just a few miles south of Del Mar Racetrack. Having taken a hiatus last […]

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Epical Shows The Way To Dominate San Luis Rey

Touted as the lone speed in the five-horse G2 San Luis Rey Stakes, DP Racing’s Epical did not disappoint as the even-money favorite. The 4-year-old son of Uncle Mo, ridden by Tyler Baze, took the lead out of the starting gate and never looked back, making it look easy as he crossed the wire about […]

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Ashleyluvssugar Tops San Luis Rey On Friday’s Re-Opening Of Santa Anita Park

With the attention of the racing world riveted on Santa Anita Park’s reopening this Friday, trainer Peter Eurton’s venerable California-bred 8-year-old gelding Ashleyluvssugar will be seeking his sixth graded stakes victory in the day’s main event, the Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on turf. Second in his only start […]

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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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CHRB: Fatality Decrease In 2017, Handle Increase In January

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, February 22, at Santa Anita Park. Chair Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. […]

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CHRB: Photo-Finish Cameras To Be Updated To HD, San Luis Rey Donation Summary

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, January 25, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chairman Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. […]

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Churchill Downs Donates $25,000 To San Luis Rey Fire Victims

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI or the Company) (NASDAQ: CHDN) announced today that it has made a donation of $25,000 to California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (CTHF) to distribute to victims of the San Luis Rey Downs fire. The December fire in Bonsall, California, claimed the lives of 43 horses, resulted in the hospitalization of five trainers […]

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The Filly He Saved Helps Herrick Recover From San Luis Rey Fire

Joe Herrick suffered burns over 23 percent of his body when saving the filly Lovely Finish from the flames at San Luis Rey Downs on Dec. 7, and lost six of his seven racehorses to the fire. Herrick described the harrowing ordeal to the San Diego Union-Tribune: “This fireball just came over the wall and hit […]

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