Dunham told The Bloodstream-Horse some horses were found accurate the track during efforts to gather the loose horses. He thinks they most likely died from smoke inhalation.
“Nobody knows where lots of (the loose horses) wound up,Inches Dunham stated. “It’s likely to be some time before everybody finds their horses. There have been 20 vans inside with we and us were just grabbing horses and putting them in.”
Billy Koch, founder and managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing club, told The Bloodstream-Horse they lost Oddsmaker, their finest 2-year-old, within the blaze. Oddsmaker was trained by D’Amato.
“This is really a tragic blow towards the California Thoroughbred racing industry as well as great sorrow to everybody,” stated Jack Liebau, the vice-president from the Los Alamitos Racing Association. “We express our sympathy towards the proprietors, trainers and caretakers from the horses victimized with this tragic event. We salute individuals who so fearlessly tried to safeguard horses at San Luis Rey Downs in face from the swiftly approaching fire in addition to individuals who transported horses to Del Marly under hazardous conditions and individuals who visited Del Marly to assist the horses moved there.”
The tight-knit horse racing community was clearly shaken.