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Diplo is flanked by Barb Thompson, left, assistant to Amy Hess, and by Deirdre Barnhart. Photo courtesy John Chun

In for 10%, Dippy the racehorse pays out in love

A 10-percent share was all Deirdre Barnhart owned of the racehorse, but the racehorse owned every bit of her. It was a fair exchange; one that began during a casual visit to Hollywood Park. Barnhart had gone to visit a big bay named Diplo, whom she had purchased a small share in, and the animal’s famous trainer Doug O’Neill took the unusual step of pulling the T-bred out of his stall for an inspection before handing the lead rope over to her. “He said I should take him for a walk. It was very unusual to do, because I wasn’t […]