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Horse death toll at 46 from Lilac Fire, California Diamond among the dead


Last updated 12/9/2017 at Noon

A firefighter puts out a hotspot at the San Luis Rey Training Center Friday, Dec. 8. Kim Harris photo


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BONSALL - The death toll for horses at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center affected by the Lilac Fire rose to 46 today, according to California Horse Racing Board officials.

Officials have determined that the horses perished when the blaze tore through equine country in Bonsall and heavily damaged the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, where as many as 495 horses, including thoroughbreds, were stabled.

Among the horses killed was noted racing stakes winner California Diamond.

The 3-year-old gelding owned by Rockingham Ranch had five wins and five s...

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