Fire at San Luis Rey!?

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Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:25 pm

stark wrote:On a related note, a few hours up the coast in Santa Barbara, the states 3rd largest fire of all time is still raging.

Santa Barbara Zoo prepares to evacuate over Thomas Fire

Interesting tweet...."We DO NOT need public assistance. Do not come to the Zoo. Stay safe," the Zoo tweeted.

http://www.keyt.com/news/santa-barbara- ... /674022543
The last thing they probably want is people with zero training or experience with wild animals running into the fire, attempting to help. Finding horse people in the LA area who are willing to help (my aunt, a rider, and her bf, a professional shipper, spent 24 hours straight hauling any horse they could get their hands on to safety when one of the top showjumping barns in the area burned down - http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/cal ... ying-farms ) maybe was not so difficult, but next to no one, besides zoo staff would know how to handle a zoo animal.
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Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:47 pm

Hovdey: Stronach delivers clarion wake-up call

It’s not every day that a racing company’s plans for the future are laid out in stark terms anyone can understand. More often than not, the public is delivered corporate platitudes and pies in the sky. Not so last Wednesday at Santa Anita, where track owner Frank Stronach and chief operating officer Tim Ritvo answered pointed questions from a group of owners and trainers concerning the future of California racing in the wake of the San Luis Rey Downs fire.

The Stronach Group owns San Luis Rey Downs, and since the closure of Hollywood Park in early 2014 it has been maintained as a popular facility used by the stables of some of California’s top trainers. Horses win running out of San Luis Rey, just as they win running out of training centers like Fair Hill, Payson Park, or Palm Meadows.

http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-stronach ... -wake-call
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Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:55 pm

I most certainly hope that Stronach reconsiders. Having 2,500 thoroughbreds stabled at Santa Anita (or any other single place) is begging for trouble. You have any natural or man-made disaster, from infectious disease to fires, landslides, earthquakes, sinkholes, tsunamis, etc, do you really, really want to risk that large a percentage of the West Coast TBs in training? You would think the San Luis Rey fire would have taught them that it's better to have the shed-rows smaller and further apart than having huge blocks.
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Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:27 pm

Robert Yates‏ @RobertYates1982
50m50 minutes ago
Avicii on Tue. AM @OaklawnRacing for @DougONeill1. His 45th & final horse accounted for (all were safe) from 12/7 San Luis Rey Downs fire.
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Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:48 am

San Luis Rey Victim Bellocq Has Long Road to Recovery
Pierre Bellocq, the husband of Martine Bellocq, said Tuesday that his wife has made slight improvement since being burned in the Dec. 7 fire at San Luis Rey Downs, but added that she had a long battle ahead of her.

“It’s going to be a very long healing process and a very long medical process, but she is out of critical care,” said Bellocq, who served as the co-trainer with his wife of a six-horse stable at San Luis Rey. “She is still in very serious condition. She has had some surgeries, about four of them already on the skin, and has many more to come. The progress is there, but it is very, very little. It’s going to take a long time. According to the heart monitor, she apparently can hear me when I talk to her now, but she can’t communicate at all yet. It’s going to take time, but the care at this hospital [the Burn Center at UC San Diego Health] is extraordinary. I do believe she will return to a normal life, but even the doctors don’t know if it is going to take six months or nine months or how long. It depends on how her burns heal.”

Bellocq described a harrowing and chaotic scene at San Luis Rey when the fire swept through the training center. He said his wife put the safety of the horses over her own as the two worked feverishly to get their horses out of harm’s way. Bellocq said he had rescued a horse and went to take it to the training track, and warned his wife not to go back in the barn.

“We had a very nice, unraced 2-year-old colt,” Bellocq said of a horse named Wild Bill Hickory (Many Rivers). “He was a beautiful specimen, starting to train on. He was sort of the star of the show, and unfortunately, he was in the worst possible spot when everything went to hell. She had tried first hosing down the stalls of the horses. Then it just exploded. She went in there to try to get him out to save him, and got as far as the shedrow, and the horse was just engulfed in flames and so was she, basically. She wouldn’t have done it any other way, outside of being physically dragged away and I was too late to do that when the barn just exploded.”

While noting his wife’s heroic act, he said he is more focused on the results of her decision to go in after the horse.

“It’s something that is perhaps frustrating, because I was trying to convince her not to put her life in danger,” he said. “I asked her not to go in there after I left with the horse and when I got back to the barn, I found her on the ground in the state she was in. Third-degree burns over 60% of her body. I would have much preferred that she didn’t get burned the way she did.”
More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/sa ... -recovery/
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Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:58 pm

An Evening of Music to Support the Victims of the Fire at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center
Featuring Burt Bacharach with a special guest performance by Elvis Costello

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https://www.dmtc.com/media/news/an-even ... f-the-1122
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:06 pm

Rick Gold‏ @SenorOro
Presale tickets sold out in minutes. Regular tickets on sale Friday. It’s amazing to see how the horse racing community has come together to support the victims of SLR. Much done, much to do.

Del Mar Racetrack‏Verified account @DelMarRacing
"The horrible circumstances around the San Luis Rey Downs fire cry out for aid in so many ways. This is my way of giving back to the horse community.“
An Evening with Burt Bacharach ft. Elvis Costello @BellyUpMusic goes on pre-sale today at 4PM
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Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:13 pm

One Year After Tragedy, Reed Regaining His Normalcy
Trainer recovering professionally, emotionally after fire at Mercury Equine Center.
On Dec. 18, trainer Eric Reed and his staff at Mercury Equine Center gathered and let the memory of what they wish never was wash over them once more.

They stood side by side as the tears came in honor of those lost, specifically the 23 Thoroughbreds who perished as a result of a devastating fire that hit Reed's training facility near Lexington 12 months before. Time can be a remarkable salve and in the year that has passed since every horseman's worst nightmare came to fruition, there is tangible evidence of recovery—the new barn they broke ground on a few weeks ago and the support of clients and friends, who made sure the veteran conditioner got back on his feet both professionally and emotionally.

There is no forgetting, though, nor should there be in the aftermath of such heartache. But while the pain is still present, so too is the healing that has dutifully come as a result...


..Remarkably, the tragedies at Mercury Equine Center and San Luis Rey managed to produce a joint ambassador for the remarkable level of hope that can emerge from the worst of circumstances.

Fuega, a dark bay Union Rags filly, was among those who survived the fire at Reed's facility—hence her moniker. In a can't-script-it twist of fate, the now 2-year-old Fuega was also stabled at San Luis Rey when that inferno happened and, again, managed to escape with no major injuries.
More: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... s-normalcy
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Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:57 pm

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'It Was Just Bedlam': Horse Trainer Saves Prized Filly in Lilac Fire
Joe Herrick and Lovely Finish have visible scars from their near-death experience in the Lilac Fire
By Liberty Zabala and R. Stickney
A San Diego horse trainer ran through a wall of flames to rescue his prized filly as a wildfire raced through the barn earlier this month, killing six of his horses.

Arms still bandaged, Joe Herrick visited Lovely Finish in her stable Wednesday. Both have visible scars from their near-death experience in the Lilac Fire.

Flames swept across the North County on Dec. 7, destroying more than 100 homes and scorching 4,100 acres.

Herrick ran towards the flames at San Luis Rey Downs, a training center in Bonsall. He was desperate to save his horses including Lovely Finish.

In the incredible heat, Herrick’s horse trailer caught on fire. In a matter of seconds, the barn caught fire.

“It was just a like a hurricane of fire, wind and debris just blowing into the barn,” Herrick said, describing how the lower barns on the property were destroyed within 10 minutes.

“There were horses running wild, kicking each other,” he said. “It was just bedlam. It was crazy.”

Herrick jumped into action, running to get horses out of the barn. One suddenly ran right back into the barn to her death, he said.

As he went to move Lovely Finish, they were hit by flames.

“We had a big fireball hit us as we were trying to get out of the stall,” Herrick said.

When the horse pushed her way out of the stall, he did his best to hang on.

In the process, the two suffered serious burns from the intense heat. Herrick describes feeling as if his shirt and hair were melting.

Once outside the barn, despite the urging of emergency personnel, Herrick refused to leave the area until his prized filly was safe with his groom.

“I knew with my injuries I was going to be in trouble for a while,” he said.
https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/ ... 76103.html
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:44 pm

HORSES LOST IN LILAC FIRE IDENTIFIED
http://www.chrb.ca.gov/press_releases/2 ... elease.pdf
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:28 pm

Scott Hansen lost a whole barn full...nothing a world beater but nice horses that brought home a few checks all the same. Looks like most owned by Gary Broad. What an absolute gut check.
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:25 pm

bare it all wrote:Scott Hansen lost a whole barn full...nothing a world beater but nice horses that brought home a few checks all the same. Looks like most owned by Gary Broad. What an absolute gut check.
As, I am sure, we all wish the decision to let them run loose had come minutes earlier.
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:53 pm

stark wrote:HORSES LOST IN LILAC FIRE IDENTIFIED
http://www.chrb.ca.gov/press_releases/2 ... elease.pdf


Reading the list of deceased horses fills me with immense sadness and makes those losses all so real
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:00 pm

Yes, seeing the names makes it very final...a good thing for at least some of us. Still hard to believe California Diamond was among them.

A story could be told about all of them I'm sure, but just to say a bit about Los Borrachos. A 2011 son of Pulpit-Champagne Taste, he was a hard-knocking $32k claimer that Miller had just claimed for Rockingham. He won a couple of races at Del Mar this summer and had been claimed several times since. 36-6-6-6, $318,377, Earnings Per Start: $8,844. The kind of horse many would love to have in the barn.

Peter Miller said he still has seven horses in the equine hospital at San Luis Rey with burns and injuries. I so hope all the wounded, equine and human, recover well and return to doing what they love.

I'm going to copy the names here so they might come up in a Search.

Horses known or believed to have perished in the Dec. 7 Lilac fire listed by trainer:

Herman Ackerson
Handsome Beau

Martine Bellocq
Royal Kuna
Wild Bill Hickory

Phil D'Amato
Oddsmaker
Riri

Daniel Dunham
Packin Heat
Sir Charmalot

Scott Hansen
Monster Man
Oughttobeking
Puig
Stormin Norman
Aussie Rock Star (Ire)
Baby Bruin
Chrysaor
Dodgertown
Fregosi
He's a Pleasure
Malibu Vixen
Mr. Hockey
Rocknrollallnight
Sunset Grill
Potent
Cat Dreamer (pony)

Joe Herrick
Call Me First
Everlovin Woman
Only One Love
Ourroseofthenile
Ral Rue
Sarah Sunshine

Juan C. Lopez
Fast Freddie
Yrlg. colt, Slew’s Tiznow-Chalula One

Peter Miller
Amalfi Drive
California Diamond
Doc Raj
Lizmeister
Los Borrachos

Kimberly Schaffer-Marrs
Shortstormcoming

Clifford Sise
Candy Twist
Scat Home Lady
Colt City Zip-Sweet Thoughts
Colt Quality Road-Cool Flame
Filly Into Mischief-Warm Hugs

Les Baker (outrider)
Paint pony (name not known)

Unknown horses
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http://www.drf.com/news/chrb-identifies ... s-rey-fire
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:52 pm

More info about the fundraiser. This looks like some of the money raised will be used to help pay for the medical expenses of the horses who were burned or suffered other injuries. I sure hope so anyway. Some owners will have a hard time absorbing the cost, and some of these horses may not be able to return to racing.

Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach to Play Belly Up Fundraiser for Fire Victims
Instead of 'wishin' and hopin' that aid comes to those affected by the recent Lilac Fire, Grammy Award-winning composer/songwriter/singer Burt Bacharach is taking matters into his own hands.

On Jan. 17, 2018, Bacharach will team with fellow Grammy-winning rock icon Elvis Costello, along with some other celebrity friends, to host a fundraiser at the Belly Up billed as "An Evening of Music To Support the Victims of the Fire at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center."
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All proceeds from the event will be equally split between the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation and the California Retirement Management Account. According to the DMTC press release, "funds generated during the evening will be used for people such as the trainers, grooms and stable help who helped at San Luis Rey and were displaced by the fire," and added that "funds raised from the evening will be used specifically for the ongoing aid and care of the horses impacted by the fire that day."
https://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sound ... 37773.html
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Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:31 am

"...and some of these horses may not be able to return to racing. "

It seems likely that any horse who suffered burns, especially around the head and neck, would also have inhaled hot smoke and gases during the fire. Hard to imagine their lungs will ever completely heal, or at least enough to handle the rigors of racing.
If none of them end up with pneumonia, I would be very thankful.
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Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:41 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:"...and some of these horses may not be able to return to racing. "

It seems likely that any horse who suffered burns, especially around the head and neck, would also have inhaled hot smoke and gases during the fire. Hard to imagine their lungs will ever completely heal, or at least enough to handle the rigors of racing.
If none of them end up with pneumonia, I would be very thankful.
I know there's more than a few who will need new careers. Glad to see there may be help for that, and hoping for the best long-term.
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Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:21 am

Sparrow Castle wrote:A story could be told about all of them I'm sure, but just to say a bit about Los Borrachos. A 2011 son of Pulpit-Champagne Taste, he was a hard-knocking $32k claimer that Miller had just claimed for Rockingham. He won a couple of races at Del Mar this summer and had been claimed several times since. 36-6-6-6, $318,377, Earnings Per Start: $8,844. The kind of horse many would love to have in the barn.
Los Borrachos was second to Heart to Heart in the Better Talk Now at Saratoga in 2014. He was followed by Pure Sensation. . . keeping pretty good company in those days.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK9t8xmkOb8

RIP Los Borrachos
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Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:06 pm

TVG‏Verified account @TVG
The Southern CA racing community suffered a tragedy of monumental proportion this month as the #LilacFire ripped through San Luis Rey Downs Training Facility. We take a moment to honor the #SanLuisRey heroes who together saved more than 400 horses & remember those who were lost.

https://twitter.com/TVG/status/945792416266600448
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Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:40 am

Sparrow Castle wrote:TVG‏Verified account @TVG
The Southern CA racing community suffered a tragedy of monumental proportion this month as the #LilacFire ripped through San Luis Rey Downs Training Facility. We take a moment to honor the #SanLuisRey heroes who together saved more than 400 horses & remember those who were lost.

https://twitter.com/TVG/status/945792416266600448
Still much too hard to take in without tears and heartache. I see one owner lost a lot of horses. How do you pick yourself up after something like that? Two days after this fire, on Dec. 9, I had to put my beloved little cat down. She had cardiomyopathy and there's really no practical way to treat that in a cat. I know that in the great scheme of things, she was just a little 11-year-old cat. But to me, she was a dear, dear friend who I bottle fed and hand raised after rescuing her at about 3 days old. I know how much I hurt having to put her down and how much I miss her, so the though of losing multiple horses all at once in that fire is too horrible to fully take in.

My heart goes out to everyone who was injured and/or lost horses, and the backstretch workers who might have lost everything they own. I donated, but somehow it's not enough.
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