The Filly He Saved Helps Herrick Recover From San Luis Rey Fire

by | 01.13.2018 | 2:41pm
Trainer Joe Herrick with his filly, Lovely Finish. Herrick was able to save Lovely Finish from the wildfire that swept through San Luis Rey Downs earlier this month. Both Herrick and Lovely Finish suffered severe burns, but the prognosis is good for both Herrick and his filly.

Joe Herrick suffered burns over 23 percent of his body when saving the filly Lovely Finish from the flames at San Luis Rey Downs on Dec. 7, and lost six of his seven racehorses to the fire. Herrick described the harrowing ordeal to the San Diego Union-Tribune:

“This fireball just came over the wall and hit us as we were going out of the stall and lit us up,” the trainer said. “… When that hit us, she launched us out of the stall. I was just hanging onto her.”

The filly, who also suffered burns, is traveling down the road to healing alongside Herrick. He cleans her stall three times a day, takes her out for walks when the sun isn't too bright to burn her still-healing skin, and dresses her wounds daily.

“I think we both appreciate each other even more,” Herrick said. “I guess we pretty much saved each other's lives, you know?”

Read more at the Union-Tribune.

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