To cap all of it, she’s simply offered for $1.5 million at public sale.
Nonetheless, her ashes-to-riches story may have been very totally different.
Fanned by the wind, the hearth unfold quickly and there wasn’t time to evacuate all the horses. The one choice was to set them free to run for his or her lives. A kind of who set off by means of the blaze was Belvoir Bay.
“That was their solely probability of surviving the hearth. There have been a whole bunch of them and the fires had been wild. It was mayhem,” the horse’s coach Peter Miller informed BBC World Service on the time.
The hearth devastated a lot of the middle. Out of the 450 horses that had been evacuated or launched, 46 died.
Like lots of the horses let free, Belvoir Bay was nonetheless unaccounted for days after fleeing the flames.
Finally, the horse was present in a close-by barn however she wore the scars of her fairly outstanding escape.
“It was so laborious to establish her,” stated then-owner and former MGM chief government Gary Barber. “Individuals had been sending us footage and we had been like, ‘That does not appear like her’.”
She had suffered extreme burns to her legs and was despatched to the San Luis Rey Downs Equine Clinic the place she hung out in a hyperbaric chamber, a remedy generally used on burn victims.
Nonetheless, after a few weeks of remedy, the horse was returned to Barber and so started her unbelievable racing comeback.
Seemingly unfazed by her dying defying expertise, she gained her first race again, the Mizdirection Stakes, and continued to enhance with each stride.
If victory wasn’t sufficient, she ran a observe report — protecting the 5 furlongs in a surprising 54.83 seconds.
“She’s powerful as nails. She’s simply very particular to me. That is why it is further emotional.”
$1.5 million sale
Belvoir Bay’s record-breaking win has attracted loads of consideration and the horse has since offered on the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, North America’s oldest thoroughbred public sale home, for an eye-watering payment of $1.5 million.
It isn’t but clear what the longer term holds for Belvoir Bay however, given her wonderful genes, she definitely has potential as a broodmare as soon as her competing days are over.
“She actually and actually ran for her life,” stated Bluewater Gross sales’ Meg Levy, referring to the horse’s unbelievable previous.
“I simply cannot even think about. We had been speaking about these dots on her coat whether or not they had been from the hearth as a result of she was clearly turned free in the course of the cinders.
“Watching her take care of all this, working in that race, flying proper right here, coming into the barn, she has by no means batted a hair.”
Belvoir Bay just isn’t the one horse to have fled the San Luis Rey hearth and gone on to have a profitable profession.
Lots of the horses from that day have gone on to win races throughout world, together with Conquest Tsunami who gained the 2018 Daytona Stakes.
Miller, who held a string of horses on the Californian stables throughout that point, is happy with their success.