'Anything can happen in a horse race': Owner finds fortune and healing at Santa Anita race track

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Horse owner makes journey from tragedy to the winner’s circle

ARCADIA, Calif. — Dylan Donnelly moved himself over the barn dirt to ensure his thoroughbred could hear the final piece of advice. 

“Try your best,” Donnelly counseled, patting Kant Beat the Rock on his side. “And don’t get hurt.” 

The exchange was rooted in the wounds horsemen at Santa Anita Park have endured through a three-year scourge of more than 60 racehorse deaths — including the disqualified winner of last year’s Kentucky Derby, Medina Spirit. 

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