Rebuilding to Protect
“Hot-dip galvanizing has a proven track record of resisting abrasion, and the superior corrosion protection ensures that future generations of horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy the stalls for decades to come.”
There are currently 500 stalls at San Luis Rey Downs, leased by trainers wishing to have a permanent base for their training and racing operations. The Stronach Group, owners of the San Luis Rey Downs, are a group of world-class technology, entertainment, and real estate development companies. The Stronach Group (TSG) is the most dominant player in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry in the United States, with business relations around the globe.
The training center changed dramatically in 2017 when tragedy struck. A small brush fire, fanned by unusually powerful Santa Anna winds quickly grew. What would become known officially as the Lilac Fire, eventually reached the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center. The fire destroyed 8 barns, including 250 horse stalls, and sadly took the lives of 46 horses.
Constant communication between our team and the fabricator ensured that the project remained on track. The entire project consisted of 57 tons of galvanized steel. Each horse stall consists of 4 framed walls, along with a door and a window. Safety for the horses was priority, so the doors were designed to prevent the horse from kicking and closing the door on itself in an emergency. Because of the thin-walled square tubing used in the fabrication of the stall frames, it was imperative that the fabricator adhere closely to specification to ensure that proper vent and drain holes were strategically located.
Highly regarded and respected as one of the premier horse stall designers and fabricators in North America, Double R Manufacturing specified hot-dip galvanizing for its superior corrosion protection, abrasion protection, initial & life-cycle cost savings, aesthetic appeal, and sustainability. Hot-dip galvanizing is very popular amongst animals because the zinc coating does not chip or flake off like other coatings. Hot-dip galvanizing has a proven track record of resisting abrasion, and the superior corrosion protection ensures that future generations of horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy the stalls for decades to come.