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Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:26 am
by Sparrow Castle
Conquest Typhoon had a 3F work today in 37.80 (10/13) at Del Mar.

Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:25 am
by Catalina
Sparrow Castle wrote:Conquest Typhoon had a 3F work today in 37.80 (10/13) at Del Mar.

It's hard to forget that face with all its burns at Trifecta, but it must have healed well or they couldn't have put a bridle on him. Thank God for modern medicine and hyperbaric chambers.

Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:00 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Churchill Downs Inc. Donates $25,000 to Fire Relief Efforts
Churchill Downs Inc. 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, it was announced Tuesday. The December fire in Bonsall, California, claimed the lives of 43 horses, resulted in the hospitalization of five trainers and destroyed countless horse stables on the property.

“As attention and support have dwindled for this important cause, it is my hope that our donation will reinvigorate the ongoing efforts at San Luis Rey Downs,” said Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer of CDI. “We are grateful to CTHF for their swift efforts to provide relief to workers and trainers who suffered from the devastation. Our continued thoughts are with those impacted by this tragedy in our industry.”

Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:04 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Dawn Mellen added 6 new photos.
4 hrs · Los Angeles, CA ·
San Luis Rey Downs Fires
After the Finish Line donors helped Lovely Finish

Two year old Lovely Finish, trained by Joe Herrick, was stabled in the barn area that had the most fire and smoke damage. She finished second in her first race at Del Mar just a month earlier. Lovely Finish suffered extensive burns on her neck and face. She was taken to a local equine hospital as she required urgent care.

How did Lovely Finish get her name? Her trainer, Joe Herrick, also plays soccer. He told me about a TV announcer who would say, “Lovely Finish”, when a soccer player scored an amazing goal. We would all agree with Joe that Lovely Finish is an amazing horse!

ATFL will pay for Gastrogard, Legend and eye ointment for Lovely Finish. Her intake of Gastrogard, for ulcers, has increased because of the added stress & additional medication after the fire. Legend is for joint lubrication. The mediation will lessen inflammation and fight against infection from debris, dust and shavings. The burns on her face came right up to her eye lid causing it to drupe slightly. ATFL will donate funds if she needs to see an optometrist.

Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:13 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Dawn Mellen added 3 new photos.
4 hrs ·
Thank you to everyone who donated to help the horses that were injured or burned during the San Luis Rey Downs fires last month. And thank you for trusting After the Finish Line with your donations. We did our homework by speaking with the trainers at the Del Mar Race Track, the Trifecta Equine Athletic Center and many friends in the racing industry to locate horses in need of assistance.

ATFL believes the intent for the donations, from concerned individuals across the United States, was to help rehabilitate and care for horses whose injuries and burns were a direct result of the fires. These are the horses that could not return to training and/or racing right away. Luckily, the majority of horses escaped with no physical injuries. These horses are “on track” to race or were able to return to racing.

ATFL’s donors are helping in the healing process of three horses, Rmanie’s Grey Suit, Miss Napper Tandy and Lovely Finish so they can get back in the starting gate and across the finish line.

Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:08 am
by stark
Kevin Modesti

Nice news after tragedy: The California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation fundraising effort for victims of the San Luis Rey fire drew more than 6,000 donations totaling $818,000, the racing board was told this week.

Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:33 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Reopening of San Luis Rey Downs pushed back to April 1
The reopening of San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, Calif., which sustained widespread damage in a wildfire on Dec. 7, has been delayed until April 1 to allow construction of 250 temporary stalls and permit the offtrack training center to receive daily compensation from a stabling fund.

Tim Ritvo, the chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns San Luis Rey Downs and Santa Anita, said last month that some stalls would be available at San Luis Rey Downs as early as this week, with full capacity set for the spring.

Ritvo said on Wednesday that horses will not return to the property until construction is complete.

A leading factor is financing. When San Luis Rey Downs is open, The Stronach Group receives a daily stipend from an industry-controlled offtrack stabling and vanning fund to defray costs. Many of the horses formerly based at San Luis Rey Downs have been housed at Del Mar since the fire, allowing Del Mar to receive funding.

“We could move 200 horses in,” Ritvo said. “We’re ready with that. The stabling and vanning fund has asked us to not to move in until the whole thing is ready.”

By postponing the reopening until April 1, Ritvo said construction can begin on 250 temporary stalls to replace barns lost in a fire that claimed the lives of 46 horses. Barns with capacity for 200 horses were not affected by the fire, he said.

Previously, San Luis Rey Downs had the capacity for 495 horses. There were approximately 450 horses on the property at the time of the wildfire.

Ritvo said bids have been received from three companies to construct the new stalls, which he said will be 12 feet by 12 feet with canvas roofs.

“We’ll put in temporary stalls and decide whether to make them permanent or build new ones,” he said. “It will take two or three weeks to put the temporaries in.”

Ritvo said some modifications would need to be made to the temporary barns to give them permanent status. He said debris from the fire has been removed.

“Now, it’s a matter of grading it and making sure everything is level, making sure water and electrical is set,” Ritvo said.

Ritvo said another benefit to delaying the reopening allows construction to take place without horses on the property.

Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:45 pm
by Ridan_Remembered
Lovely Finish is looking so much better than she did just a few weeks ago.

Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:36 am
by Sparrow Castle
‘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 are winners shaped by smoke and stress, staggered but undeniably strong — still. They came back, from all sorts of circumstances and in all sorts of ways.

So far, at least 26 four-legged survivors who were stabled at San Luis Rey Downs when the Lilac fire pounced on Dec. 7 found a way … while finding their way.

One of the first to win after the tail lights of the fire and television trucks blinked dark in the distance was Family Girl, a chestnut filly trained by Peter Miller who romped to a seven-length laugher Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos.

The group of horses signal a collective resilience, among the competitors themselves and an industry scarred by a catastrophe that claimed 46 horses and seriously injured three.

“We’re going to start smoke therapy,” said Miller, who has shaped 13 of the 24 to find the post-fire winner’s circle. “That’s a joke, obviously. That’s how trainers are. If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. Time has a way of healing wounds.

“It was a nightmare, but we’ve come out the other side.”

Stories chronicling the ongoing recovery of those at San Luis Rey Downs have focused on the terror shared on a fateful day. Now, like spring flowers, promise has started to sprout as all that pain loses its grip.

Then, healing salves and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Now, re-energizing gallops around tracks on cool mornings. Then, paralyzing financial fear. Now, eyes readjusting focus on tote boards.

Slowly and steadily, reinvigorating progress has taken hold.


Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:34 pm
by Sparrow Castle

After the Finish Line
9 hours ago ·
Lovely Finish, who was badly burned along with her trainer Joe Herrick in the San Luis Rey fires, is now training at Del Mar Race Track. Joe said she’s happy to be back in training! Thank you to our donors who contributed to After the Finish Line to help Lovely Finish and other horses injured in the fires.