Jockey calls for support after trainers rescue horses from California fires

DEL MAR, Calif. (FOX5 San Diego) -- Johavany Catalan was in charge of 77 horses at the San Luis Rey horse facility in Bonsall when the Lilac Fire broke out. Now, he and his crew have nightmares of it.

Catalan and his crew had just finished working with the animals and were about to head home when the flames reached the barn filled with expensive thoroughbreds.

Catalan and his men made the decision to go into the burning barn to rescue the horses. They opened the gates and implored the horses to run for their lives.

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Catalan recalled having to jump over flames to get into stalls where some of the horses were shaking and too petrified to move.

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VENTURA, CA - DECEMBER 5: Smoke blows out of the burning palm trees as brush fire threaten homes on December 5, 2017 in Ventura, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
VENTURA, CA - DECEMBER 5: Firefighters work to control the western side of Grant Park as brushfire engulf most of the vegetation on the hill, on December 5, 2017 in Ventura, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A man waters his home as firefighters battle a wildfire as it burns along a hillside near homes in Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017. Fast-moving, wind-fueled brush fire exploded to about 10,000 acres in Ventura County Monday night, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / RINGO CHIU (Photo credit should read RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A firefighter battles a wildfire as it burns along a hillside near homes in Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017. Fast-moving, wind-fueled brush fire exploded to about 10,000 acres in Ventura County Monday night, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / RINGO CHIU (Photo credit should read RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman evacuates her home as a wildfire burns along a hillside near homes in Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017. Fast-moving, wind-fueled brush fire exploded to about 10,000 acres in Ventura County Monday night, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / RINGO CHIU (Photo credit should read RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter looks at a house burnt to the ground during the Thomas wildfire in Ventura, California on December 5, 2017. Fast-moving, wind-fueled brush fire exploded to about 10,000 acres in Ventura County Monday night, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter battles a wildfire as it burns along a hillside near homes in Santa Paula, California, on December 5, 2017. Fast-moving, wind-fueled brush fire exploded to about 10,000 acres in Ventura County Monday night, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / RINGO CHIU (Photo credit should read RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)
Embers blow from burned trees as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A home burns as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Smoke rises into the night sky as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 4, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
A burned truck smolders on a country road at night as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
Downtown is darkened by a power outage with smoke rising in the distance as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres in Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
Embers blow from burned trees as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
Property burns at night as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
The burned remains of crashed cars are seen at night on a country road as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
A structure burns as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
The burned remains of crashed cars are seen at night on a country road as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
Property burns at night as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
A home burns as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
Embers blow from a tree shortly before it fell down near burned cars as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
A home burns as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew
A fire crew passes a burning home during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A firefighter inspects a burning home during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Embers blow from burned trees as strong winds push the Thomas Fire across thousands of acres near Santa Paula, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/David McNew TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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With the thick smoke bearing down on them, they coaxed 74 of the horses out. But it would take more than a day to locate them and round them all up.

The rescued horses are now with Catalan and his crew, who are staying at the Del Mar Racetrack.

"There's a little trauma in our heads, but only when we try to sleep. During the day when we're working we don't think about it. We don't remember anything. But when we try to sleep everything comes back to our minds, everything, everything," said Catalan.

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A horse which was left behind after an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, is seen in Sylmar, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
MONTECITO, CA - DECEMBER 11:Mary McEwen, left, takes her dog Rodeo, a Labradoodle, for a bathroom break, while on standby, in case of having to evacuate their home on Toro Canyon Rd. in Montecito as the Thomas fire burns out of control on December 11, 2017 in Montecito, California. At right is her husband, Dan Bellaart, holding their dog, Sherman, a labrador retriever. The dogs were being kept in their car with the air conditioning on and the motor running. They have lived here since 2002. (Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A frightened horse in a trailer during an evacuation from the Thomas wildfire in Ojai, California on December 9, 2017. The wind-fueled fire burned through an area of 240 square miles, destroyed hundreds of homes and prompted massive mandatory evacuations. (Photo by: Ronen Tivony) (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Horses are evacuated as the Thomas wildfire advances toward the Laughing Dog Ranch in Ojai, California on December 9, 2017. The wind-fueled fire burned through an area of 240 square miles, destroyed hundreds of homes and prompted massive mandatory evacuations. (Photo by: Ronen Tivony) (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Horses are evacuated from the Laughing Dog Ranch as fire and smoke (background) heads towards the area from the Thomas wildfire in Ojai, California. on December 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Chickens roam besie fire ravaged vehicles parked in front of burnt out homes off Highway 33 north of Ojai, California on December 8, 2017. Unrelenting winds fanned towering flames in southern California, where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee multiple devastating fires in the Los Angeles area and new outbreaks near San Diego. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Volunteers rescue horses at a stable during the Lilac fire in Bonsall, California on December 7, 2017. Local emergency officials warned of powerful winds on December 7 that will feed wildfires raging in Los Angeles, threatening multi-million dollar mansions with blazes that have already forced more than 200,000 people to flee. / AFP PHOTO / Sandy Huffaker (Photo credit should read SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
VENTURA, CA - DECEMBER 07: Horses wait to be evacuated from San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in Bonsall, California on December 7, 2017 in Ventura, California. A state of emergency was declared in San Diego County as the Lilac Fire threatened moe than a thousand structures. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
SYLMAR, CA - DECEMBER 6: A cat prowls Padilla Ranch on Little Tujunga Road where 29 horses perished in Creek Fire yesterday on December 6, 2017 in Sylmar, California. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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There's a call by some to bring Spanish-speaking counselors to the track to help Catalan and the others. Although, Catalan says he doesn't need it.

World-renowned jockey Julie Krone posted the following on her Twitter account asking for help for the grooms who risked their lives and lost all they had while saving the horses.

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