Homecoming and Thanksgiving

Homecoming and Thanksgiving

I was getting ready to write this blog when, eight days ago, we got word of the horrific fires in California. Many of you have seen the videos from the fires at San Luis Rey Training Center.  If you have not, you may choose not to watch, because it is very difficult to see. Some trainers, like Doug O’Neill, were lucky not to lose any horses in the fires.   But there were many tense hours between about 7 PM California time and into the next day when they were desperately moving horses from the training center and while horses set loose from their stalls (to avoid burning there) were rounded up and accounted for, or not. We enjoyed a very special Thanksgiving Dinner this year…. shared, as Glenn Sorgenstein said, “with family, friends, and horses in the new yearling barn at Wilshire/Rosecrest Farm.”  One of those horses was multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed 3-year-old filly SHANE’S GIRLFRIEND. She was finishing up a three month break from the track at Wilshire / Rosecrest Farm and went back to California right after the festivities. She was one of the O’Neill horses we initially thought at San Luis Rey.    Turns out she was at Santa Anita.  That agony of not knowing was repeated times hundreds of horses and their connections and hundreds of grooms, hotwalkers and trainers and their connections. Some humans not only lost horses but were victims of burns themselves trying to save horses.  Others witnessed events and must now deal with horrific visions that don’t go away.  Many horses are now on nebulizers to try to reverse the effects of...