san luis rey fire

Layden, Livingston Again Honored With Media Eclipse Awards; Balan Celebrates His First

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters today announced the winners of the 2018 Media Eclipse Awards in six categories. They are as follows: Feature/Commentary Writing – Tim Layden, SI.com; “Remembering Chic Anderson’s Legendary Call of Secretariat’s Record Run at 1973 Belmont Stakes”; June, 4, 2018 News/Enterprise […]

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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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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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‘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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‘It Was A Nightmare, But We’ve Come Out The Other Side’: Equine Survivors Of San Luis Rey Fire Returning To Winner’s Circle

They’ve had to overcome much more than ever expected in their lives, but several of the equine survivors of the San Luis Rey Downs fire have not only returned to racing, but have also returned to the winner’s circle. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, at least 25 horses that were stabled at San Luis Rey Downs when […]

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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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