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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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‘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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‘Greyvitos – Lilac Fire Survivor’ Ready To Roll In Lexington Stakes

Triple B Farms’ Greyvitos, who will face 11 other 3-year-olds in Saturday’s $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3), walked the stakes barn shedrow Thursday morning while wearing a blanket that said, “Greyvitos – Lilac Fire Survivor.” The son of Malibu Moon, trained by Adam Kitchingman, has faced his share of adversity over the past months. In December, he was evacuated from the […]

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San Luis Rey Downs Horses Stabled At Del Mar Return This Week

The first of the Lilac fire horses who had to be evacuated from San Luis Rey Downs and take up residence at Del Mar in December began to filter back to the Bonsall training center this past weekend and more followed Monday. The transition will continue throughout this week with all of the approximately 400-plus Thoroughbreds […]

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Conquest Tsunami Y Richard’s Boy: De La Tragedia De San Luis Rey A Buscar La Gloria En Dubai

La multimillonaria jornada de este sábado 31 en el hipódromo de Meydan, apuntalada por la disputa de la Dubai World Cup (G1), no solo reune a un selecto grupo de ejemplares procedentes de distintas latitudes, sino que además trae consigo una enorme cantidad de historias a su alrededor. Ninguna de ellas, sin embargo, podrá compararse […]

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Report: San Luis Rey To Open In April At Full Capacity

San Luis Rey Downs, which was damaged by wildfire in early December, is projected to reopen for training in early April, per a report in The Blood-Horse. When repairs are complete, the facility is expected to hold the same number of horses as before the fire. The new temporary barns will be somewhat different, with […]

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Eclipse Awards 2017: Una Ceremonia Muy Prolongada Y Sin Sorpresas

Muchos asistentes. Mucho tiempo. Pocas sorpresas. Así puede definirse la ceremonia de entrega de los Eclipse Awards 2017, celebrada en las instalaciones de Gulfstream Park el jueves 25. En un espectáculo que ofreció pocos momentos divertidos y pocos momentos emocionantes, el alazán Gun Runner (Candy Ride) fue quizás el gran protagonista al llevarse – como […]

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San Luis Rey Downs Fire Voted NTRA Moment Of The Year

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced thatthe Dec. 7 tragedy of the Lilac Fire that devastated the San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, Calif., near San Diego, claiming the lives of 46 Thoroughbreds, has been voted the 2017 NTRA Moment of the Year based on the results of a record 3,303 votes […]

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Camarero, San Luis Rey Responders To Receive Special Eclipse Award

In recognition of countless acts of heroism, bravery, and benevolence in the face of tragedy, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced that the Special Eclipse Award will be awarded to all responders who assisted in mitigating the year’s worst racehorse-related disasters – […]

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Report: San Luis Rey Downs Expected To Reopen For Limited Training By Feb. 1

The San Luis Rey Downs training center, which was partially destroyed in a wildfire in early December, is expected to reopen for limited training in the next few weeks. The Daily Racing Form reports that Feb. 1 is the target date for the limited opening, with full training to resume in the spring. Tim Ritvo, the chief […]

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