Horses

Here's How To Help California Horsemen Impacted By Fires

RACE HORSES DIE: Raw video of the fight to save San Luis Rey Downs where at least 25 thoroughbreds died Credits: CBS SF Bay Area

DEL MAR, CA — The number of equine fatalities continues to grow from original estimates of 25, and the needs of human survivors for the simple everyday things of life grow even larger as a result of the fires that devastated San Diego County; California's horse industry.

Three major funds have been established to assist the surviving horses, their owners and the backstretch personnel who care for them. Del Mar Turf Club, the home of the 2017 Breeders' Cup, has established a web site that lists all of the supplies that are needed for the care of the 250-plus horses that are temporarily housed at the seaside track. Potential donors can view the list at www.dmtc.com/fire-evacuation.

Del Mar Turf Club, Santa Anita Park and the Stronach Group, the owners of Santa Anita and the San Luis Rey Downs Training Facility — the epicenter of the “Lilac Fires” — have jointly started a Go Fund Me account to aid those who have suffered through the flames and smoke. Contributions can be sent to: www.gofundme.com/throughbredcare. This fund is being administered by Alexis Garski, a member of Santa Anita Park's public relations and marketing staff.

Sign Up for E-News

The American Association of Equine Practitioners is accepting donations at: https://foundation.aaep.org/disasterrelief.

The California Horsemen's Foundation, Inc. is accepting donations at: www.cthfcares.org. During the height of the fires on Dec. 7, many horses at San Luis Rey Downs were saved from death by fire or asphyxiation when the available humans could do nothing more than open stall doors and let the animals run loose, lest they remained trapped in burning barns. Many of those survivors sustained burns and other injuries as they ran wild trying to escape the fires. As of this writing, most of those have been rounded up and temporarily housed at neighboring facilities and at Del Mar and Los Alamitos race tracks.

The herculean job of identifying all of the horses that were running loose and then returning them to their owners has been undertaken by the racing office at Santa Anita Park. Officials there say detailed photos showing distinctive markings and/or lip tattoos will expedite the identification.

Information coming from the California Horse Racing Board and other sources say trainer Martine Bellocq was hospitalized with second and third degree burns over 50% of her body and was in a medically induced coma. Martine's husband, Pierre Bellocq, Jr., was reported to have been treated for smoke inhalation. Both were injured while they were trying to save the horses in their six-horse string, three of which perished.

Trainer Cliff Sise, who had several horses stabled at San Luis Rey Downs seemed to speak for many trainers when he told a caller from Thoroughbred Daily News, “The grooms, the hotwalkers, they lost everything in their rooms; so they need the most help. I lost everything (equipment). All I have left is three shanks.”

The fires ravaged the Stronach-owned San Luis Rey Downs, a training facility with a one-mile track located in the community of Bonsall in northern San Diego County. According to Southern California news reports, the Lilac Fires struck in late morning of Dec. 7 about three miles north of the training center. At that time, precautionary evacuations were started at San Luis Rey. By 2 p.m. (PST), the center's public address system was advising horsemen to step the pace of the evacuations as hot embers from the fires were blowing into the facility and igniting the roofs of the shed rows and the combustible hay and straw below.

The Los Angeles Times described some of the chaos: “The wind picked up suddenly, causing embers to surge westward onto barn roofs, engulfing the whole area in thick smoke, whinnies escaping through the gloom interspersed with frantic calls of “Behind you,” from trainers trying to keep their friends and colleagues from ending up underneath unpredictable hooves. “Now and then, small herds of horses would gallop from the smoke-shrouded barn bloc, sometimes bolting up to the main track and comparative safety, sometimes opting to keep circling their fiery homes, a maelstrom of confused and panicked horseflesh with no clear compass.”

From the descriptions out of Del Mar and San Luis Rey, aid is needed now and will still be needed as the headlines and television news reports of the tragedy are waning.

See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net

Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHorses/

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montville

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_17f80468f7bba66e8a00_library_pio_costa

Mon, May 21, 6:30 PM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Genealogy Workshop: Writing Your Family Story

Education

Mon, May 21, 7:00 PM

Montville Township Senior House, Montville

Montville Twp Women's Club Meeting

Giving Back

Tue, May 22, 10:00 AM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Storytime

Education

Carousel_image_43c3e4bb275c7bec9364_a_tech_1

Thu, May 24, 6:30 PM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Tech Class: Online Product Research

Education

Carousel_image_f20d0676e75db4ff7bd4_a_montville_township_symbol_-_brass

Thu, May 24, 7:30 PM

Montville Township Municipal Building, Montville

Planning Board Meeting

Government

Spanish Students Host Bowling Night to Send Hurricane Relief to Puerto Rico

May 18, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Students taking Spanish and participating in the Robert R. Lazar Middle School Spanish Club are planning a iSomos Uno! (We are One!) bowling fundraiser on Sunday, May 20. They hope to help restore electricity and provide some relief for the Hurricane Maria survivors of Puerto Rico. The Spanish Language school students began planning the event in the aftermath of ...

Montville Police Touch-A-Truck Event Drives it Home

May 18, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Police Department sponsored the Touch-A-Truck event on Sunday, May 6, at which dozens of township and commercial vehicles parked at the high school, allowing kids to see the vehicles, talk to the owners, and meet emergency personnel from across the township.

“We wanted to put a face to the first responders the kids may encounter in an ...

Cedar Hill 5th Grader Gets Pied for a Purpose

May 20, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Joe Signorella, a fifth grader at Cedar Hill Elementary School in Towaco, wanted to come up with a great idea for his Treps marketplace booth. Treps is an afterschool program that teaches the students how to run a business: advertising, pricing, financing. But first you have to come up with your product or service.

Joe had some ideas, like selling soccer balls since he ...

10-Year Old Boy Battling Cancer Receives Generous Donation From Randolph Hockey Family

May 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real life battles off the ice there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the Randolph Varsity hockey team, when they came together to deliver good wishes and ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

May 19, 2018

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...

Spanish Students Host Bowling Night to Send Hurricane Relief to Puerto Rico

May 18, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Students taking Spanish and participating in the Robert R. Lazar Middle School Spanish Club are planning a iSomos Uno! (We are One!) bowling fundraiser on Sunday, May 20. They hope to help restore electricity and provide some relief for the Hurricane Maria survivors of Puerto Rico. The Spanish Language school students began planning the event in the aftermath of ...

Columns

OPEN HOUSES this weekend 5/19-5/20 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX Neighborhood Properties this weekend.

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018:

  From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  44 Union Street, C0008, Montclair

  Click HERE to see Full Listing.

  

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018:

  From 1 - 4 p.m.

  9 Condit Road, Mountain Lakes

   Click HERE to see Full ...

Open Houses This Weekend 5/12-5/13 2018

The following homes have Open Houses presented by RE/MAX Neighborhood Properties this weekend.

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018:

  From 1 - 4 p.m.

  34 Brittany Road, Montville.

  Click HERE to see the full listing.

 

  From 1 - 3 p.m.

  15 Linda Court, Montville.

  Click HERE to see the full listing.

 

  From 2 - 4 p.m.

  7 ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Century 21 Open Houses this Weekend

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are Century 21 Open Houses for this weekend:

Saturday, May 12 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using FGPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road)

Sunday, May 13 from 1 - 3 p.m.

Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using FGPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road)
18 Renshaw Drive, Montville 

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

'The Sting' with Harry Connick Jr. Slithers and Shakes at Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and Chicago.  Scott Joplin’s music is intertwined with the show, especially “The ...

Pet Corner