san luis rey fire

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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Barretts To Donate Percentage Of Sales To San Luis Rey Fire Relief

Moved by the tragedy at San Luis Rey (SLR) training center, Barretts will be donating 10 percent of its commissions from the January 17 Mixed Sale to the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation for victims of the fire as needed, with any remaining balance to be retained by CTHF for ongoing medical needs of all backstretch […]

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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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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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‘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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Horses Lost In San Luis Rey Tragedy Identified By CHRB

The California Horse Racing Board expresses its deepest sympathy for all victims of the fire at the San Luis Rey training center. Outrider Les Baker and trainers Martine Bellocq and Joe Herrick all were injured while attempting to rescue horses from the fire. Although more than 400 horses were saved, 46 horses tragically perished. To […]

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Woodbine Donates $10,000 To CARMA To Assist San Luis Rey Fire Victims

Woodbine Entertainment today announced a donation of $10,000 USD to the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) to assist those impacted by the tragic Lilac Fire at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in Bonsall, California. The fire occurred on December 7 at the training facility, destroying eight barns and claiming the lives of 46 Thoroughbreds. […]

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‘A Hurricane Of Fire’: Trainer Recounts Harrowing Experience Saving Filly From San Luis Rey Fire

Trainer Joe Herrick is one of the many horsemen whose lives were directly impacted by the Lilac Fire that swept through San Luis Rey Downs and the surrounding area a little over two weeks ago. In a recent interview with NBC 7/San Diego, Herrick recounted his experience as he tried to save his horses from the swiftly-moving […]

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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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San Luis Rey Grooms’ Heroism Shows ‘What They’re All About’

Forty-six lives were lost as a result of the Lilac fire’s invasion of the San Luis Rey training center. Those involved believe it could have been significantly worse, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. “If (all involved) don’t react like that, they lose 200 horses,” said Del Mar spokesman Mac McBride. “At least,” added David Jerkens, Del Mar’s […]

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