san luis rey fire

CHRB: Distribution Of San Luis Rey Donations A Primary Concern

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, December 14, at Los Alamitos Race Course. 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 […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: What Now For California Racing?

It’s been one of the most devastating weeks one can imagine for horse racing, in particular, California’s equine industry. The massive outpouring of support and assistance in recent days reminds us how tight-knit and collaborative this sport can be. But with the at least temporary loss of stabling at San Luis Rey Downs and tragic […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: So Much Done, Still Much To Do

The California horse racing community continues to find its new normal after the devastating wildfire, dubbed the “Lilac Fire,”  that ripped through San Luis Rey Downs on December 7, killing 46 horses and injuring several horsemen.  Those connected to the racing industry, as well as equestrians from across the nation, have been quick to step […]

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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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Del Mar: Post-Fire Situation Settles As Horses Return To Light Training

Thoroughbreds jogged on the main racetrack at Del Mar Monday morning as life after the horrific training track fire in nearby Bonsal began to settle for horses and horsemen involved with the events at San Luis Rey Downs last Thursday. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and 22nd District Agricultural Association officials reported that there were currently […]

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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: People Across The Industry Have Come Together To ‘Create A Moment Larger Than The Sum Of Its Parts’

Amid the tragedy and heartbreak of the wildfire that swept through San Luis Rey Downs last week, an amazing outpouring of support for those affected has come from all corners of the racing industry. In his latest column for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary writer Daniel Ross gives a first-hand account from the area just a day after it […]

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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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Martine Bellocq Remains In ‘Critical’ Condition; Trainer Suffered Burns In San Luis Rey Fire

Trainer Martine Bellocq continues to be treated at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego for burns she received trying to rescue her horses during the San Luis Rey Downs training center fire in Bonsal Thursday. Her status remains “critical” according to the hospital and her doctors have indicated that it will be at least several more days […]

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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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