san luís rey downs fire

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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Barretts Seeking Stallion Seasons, Other Donations For January Auction To Benefit San Luis Rey Downs Fire Victims

In support of industry efforts to provide relief to the victims of the catastrophic San Luis Rey Downs fire, Barretts is asking for tax-deductible donations of 2018 stallion seasons, equine artwork and/or racing memorabilia to be auctioned off at the 2018 January Mixed Sale in Pomona, Calif. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale […]

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Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello Concert Jan. 17 To Benefit San Luis Rey Downs Fire Victims

Legendary musician Burt Bacharach, a horse owner and racing fan for 50 years, will host a fundraiser for the victims of the tragic San Luis Rey Downs training track fire in Bonsall, Calif., on December 7 that took the lives of 46 horses and seriously injured several of their caretakers. The musical event, planned for […]

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Outrider Recovering From Being Trampled During San Luis Rey Fire

Trainer and outrider Les Baker is recovering from numerous injuries sustained while he tried to save horses at San Luis Rey Downs from last week’s Lilac Fire. According to NBC 7 San Diego, Baker, 66, suffered nine broken ribs and numerous cuts and bruises when a group of frightened, loose horses came out of the […]

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San Luis Rey Fire Survivors: What Trainers Should Be Looking For

Over the years, fires involving horses have made the news, but none has been as horrifying as the one on Dec. 7, when California’s Santa Ana winds swept a wildfire through San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall. Forty-six racehorses died in the blaze, despite the efforts of heroic horsemen who freed hundreds of Thoroughbreds from […]

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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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