Re: Fire at San Luis Rey!?
Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:26 am
Conquest Typhoon had a 3F work today in 37.80 (10/13) at Del Mar.
Championing the Horses & the Sport
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.Sparrow Castle wrote:Conquest Typhoon had a 3F work today in 37.80 (10/13) at Del Mar.
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ch ... ef-effortsChurchill 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.”
http://www.drf.com/news/reopening-san-l ... ck-april-1The 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.
More: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/spo ... story.htmlThey 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.
She looks great. So wonderful to see.Sparrow Castle wrote:Amazing...
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.
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