These horses are in permanent care of SCTR.
Noble Gambler was admitted to SCTR following his breakdown during his second race at the age of four at Hollywood Park in July 2008. Gambler, a gelded son of In Excess, is a huge horse and had essentially destroyed his suspensory apparatus, sustained a low bow, and chipped a sesamoid, some of which had occurred during his last race and some at an earlier date per an initial veterinary examination and x-rays. Our vet recommended application of a gel cast for a period of time, however Gambler reacted badly to the blistering agent in the casts and we were subsequently unable to use them. Despite our vet's concern that founder was likely, Gambler has survived a lengthy rehab and remained a very cheerful horse.
Gambler resides at our facility in Apple Valley and receives visitors and fans there. He's an incredibly gentle, friendly horse and we're proud to have him healthy and with us.
Gambler upon arrival at SCTR in 2008 - left front leg is the injured one, note the angle of left front pastern and size of the ankle area:
Blistering under the gel cast
Gambler is comfortable and more than happy to receive his admirers.
Victory is a beautifully bred gelding, by Danehill and out of the Gone West mare, Sunsilk, who sold as a yearling at Tattersalls in the UK for $437,000. He raced successfully in the UK and the US on the turf, earning approximately $70,000. We purchased him at auction for $175 in September of 2008. Victory Design has an old hip injury which prevents us from offering him as a riding horse prospect for health and safety reasons, however he moves very
well, despite the injury and is in retirement with Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue.