Bryce Miller: Heartwarming horse-racing finish arrives for Joe Herrick, Lovely Finish

SAN DIEGO — Some painful stories do find happy endings, despite the darkest of clouds and dimmest of days. Resilience, sometimes unrewarded in life, sweetens the satisfaction when a fulfilling finish line is reached. That’s the heartwarming reality for grinding, jeans-wearing, pickup truck-driving, no-guff horse racing trainer Joe Herrick. That’s the new and unrushed world for Lovely Finish, a filly badly burned in the deadly Lilac Fire that swept across the San Luis Rey Downs training facility in rural Bonsall on Dec. 7, 2017. The blaze that hop-scotched from palm trees to barns in a blink cl…

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