Jay Hovdey

Horses perished in these stalls at San Luis Rey Downs when the Lilac Fire tore through the compound.

The California Horse Racing Board on Friday released a list of horses known or believed to have perished in the Dec. 7 Lilac fire that swept through the San Luis Rey Downs training center in San Diego County.

In all, 46 horses are believed to have died, with 43 having been identified and three more still unknown. As previously reported, Scott Hansen suffered the worst losses among San Luis Rey trainers with 15 horses killed in the tragedy.

Issued with a Sacramento dateline, the CHRB released the following statement:

“The California Horse Racing Board expresses its deepest sympathy for all victims of the fire at the San Luis Rey training center. Outrider Les Baker and trainers Martine Bellocq and Joe Herrick all were injured while attempting to rescue horses from the fire. Although more than 400 horses were saved, 46 horses tragically perished. To date, only 43 horses have been reported as missing by SLR personnel and those stabling horses there. The following is a list of 43 horses that have been either positively identified or reported as missing and presumed to be among those that perished.”

The full list of those horses accompanies this story.

An incredible outpouring of support for horsemen and their employees has ensued in the aftermath of the fire, with a GoFundMe account initiated by Santa Anita, the Stronach Group, and Del Mar having accrued more than $650,000.

Discussions in regard to rebuilding efforts at San Luis Rey are continuing among horsemen and officials with the Stronach Group, which owns the training center and Santa Anita, along with a possible expansion of stabling facilities at Santa Anita.

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

Daniel Dunham
Packin Heat                                                   
Sir Charmalot                                                   

Scott Hansen
Monster Man
Stormin Norman                                             
Aussie Rock Star (Ire)                                   
Baby Bruin                                                     
He’s a Pleasure                                                           
Malibu Vixen                                                 
Mr. Hockey                                                   
Sunset Grill                                                   
Cat Dreamer (pony)                                                          

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

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

Peter Miller
Amalfi Drive                                                 
California Diamond                                         
Doc Raj                                                           
Los Borrachos                                                              

Kimberly Schaffer-Marrs

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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