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Evacuated horses during Lilac Fire heading home

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DEL MAR (NEWS 8) – It has been nearly four months since the Lilac Fire ripped through the North County – sending families and their animals running for safety.

On Friday, some the horses that were brought to the Del Ma Thoroughbred Club during the evacuations returned home to the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in Bonsall.

The Lilac Fire killed dozens of horses and sent hundreds running for their lives.

Some of the horses were lost, including five-year-old Ramsomed who went missing for four days.

Ramsomed’s trainer, Sal Gonzalez, said he tries to block the horrible memories from December 7th – he said he tried hopelessly to stop the furious flames.

Gonzales said there are approximately 400 thoroughbreds from San Luis Rey still at the Del Mar fairgrounds. He trains a dozen of them – all which are healthy and doing well.

“Ever since the fire, she came back and won two races for us,” said Gonzales about Ramsomed.

Gonzales said it takes all day to move about ten horses, so it will take some time to get all the horses back home.


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