lilac fire

A Worthy Cause: 10-Year-Old California Boy Sells Paintings To Raise Funds For Trainer Burned In Wildfire

Trainer Martine Bellocq continues to be treated for severe burns she received while trying to rescue horses during the wildfire that swept through the San Luis Rey Downs training center last month. Bellocq remains hospitalized at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego where she has been undergoing treatment. While a GoFundMe page has been set up, […]

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‘Uncertainty’ About Timetable To Rebuild San Luis Rey Downs

While the horses and stable staff affected by the fire at San Luis Rey Downs are beginning to settle in to a regular routine, there is still some underlying concern about how long they will stay at Del Mar. “The biggest uncertainty is where we’re going to be,” Phil D’Amato assistant Linda Thrash told the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: San Luis Rey Horse Rescuer Leo Tapia ‘Rich In Heart’

“Algunos son pobres de dinero pero ricos de corazon.” It means: some people are poor in money, but rich in heart. Leo Tapia shared that quote on his Facebook wall earlier this week, and while he wasn’t referring to himself, the symbolism could not have been more accurate. A groom at San Luis Rey Downs, […]

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‘An Incredibly Uplifting Experience’: Over $600,000 Now Raised To Help Victims Of San Luis Rey Downs Fire

More than $600,000 currently has been raised via donations to the TSG/Santa Anita & Del Mar GoFundMe account through a world-wide outpouring to help the victims of last Thursday’s devastating Lilac Fire which destroyed eight barns at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, claiming the lives of 46 Thoroughbreds and displacing hundreds of workers. To […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Heroes Of The San Luis Rey Downs Fire

As with most tragedies there are examples of courage that flash to the surface in split seconds when all seems lost, when circumstances overwhelm, when seemingly ordinary people become super human and accomplish the impossible. Some are born heroes; some are born on the spot. No amount of training or preparation can predict who will […]

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San Luis Rey Fire Showed Racing’s Unity, Need For Planning

Dr. Carleigh Fedorka, researcher at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center, was one of a handful of Kentucky horsemen who dropped everything Saturday morning and hopped a plane to Del Mar to assist in rehabilitation efforts for horses impacted by the San Luis Rey Downs fire. Fedorka recently wrote about the experience in […]

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San Luis Rey Fire: CHRB Urges Respiratory Vigilance, TSG Coordinates Distribution Of Funds

As horses displaced by the San Luis Rey fire began to resuming training at Del Mar on Sunday, the California Horse Racing Board released a memo urging horsemen to utilize caution with regard possible smoke inhalation. According to drf.com, the CHRB will require a two-stage respiratory exam for any horse to be allowed to race this […]

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CHRB Confirms 46 Horses Died In San Luis Rey Downs Fire

The California Horse Racing Board has confirmed that 46 horses perished on Thursday when the Lilac Fire destroyed nearly half the barns at the San Luis Rey Downs training center, according to bloodhorse.com. A small number of horses believed to have broken through a fence are still unaccounted for. Approximately 360 Thoroughbreds from San Luis Rey […]

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Industry Bands Together With Funding, Supplies, Volunteers In Wake Of Devastating Fire

As reports come in from Southern California in the wake of Saturday’s devastating fire at San Luis Rey Downs, CHRB chairman Chuck Winner told drf.com that the equine death toll may number more than 40 horses. Eight of the facility’s barns burned, and on Friday morning there were a reported 250 horses on the grounds at Del […]

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Tragedia En El Sur De California: Incendio Cobra La Vida De Al Menos 20 Purasangres En San Luis Rey

La madre naturaleza le ha jugado una mala pasada a la industria equina en el sur de California. Los voraces incendios de vegetación que se han desatado en la zona del condado de San Diego alcanzaron las instalaciones del centro de entrenamiento San Luis Rey, ubicado en la localidad de Bonsall, California. Poco antes de […]

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