Breaking WAN Update About Horses Rescued From CA Wildfires At Del Mar Fairgrounds

Horses evacuated from San Luis Rey Downs have settled in at Del Mar, where an army of volunteers and supplies poured in to assist in the wake of the devastating fire. Paulick Report

WAN is pleased to start the week with some positive news following a harrowing week and weekend of wildfires burning throughout Southern California.

Del Mar Fairgrounds Public Information Officer Annie Pierce shared with WAN this morning that by the end of the day they anticipate 650 horses to still be temporarily housed at the 40-plus barns located on the property. As of Friday, there were more than 850 sheltered at the backstretch area of Del Mar.

“We are amazed by the outpouring of support from the community,” Pierce told WAN explaining that they have more than enough volunteers to fill the horse feeding shifts that are occurring at 6:00 am and 3:00 pm this week. “While our needs are less now, they are specific.”

The barns at the Del Mar racetrack were a frenetic scene Friday morning as more than 200 volunteers clamored to help feed and comfort the 850 horses and numerous other livestock. Sebastian Montes, Del Mar Times

What is most needed now according to Pierce are monetary donations so that they can continue to purchase specific items that they will or still need.

A Go Fund Me account has been established by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and The Stronach Group, owners of San Luis Rey Down.

Approximately 250 of the 450 horses that had been stabled at the San Luis Rey training center, just over 30 miles to the northwest of Del Mar, were moved to the Fairgrounds after that facility was hit directly by the fire.

Sadly, an estimated 46 horses that were let loose to escape the center fell victim to fatal flames of the wildfire.

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Other animals, including goats and pigs, were also brought to the 350-acre Fairgrounds.

People needing more information about the evacuation situation at Del Mar should call the main Fairgrounds phone number at (858) 755-1161.

Donations to the Go Fund Me account can be made HERE!

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