The last time the Breeders’ Cup was hosted in California at Del Mar in 2017, a gelding named Noble Nick ran a distant fourth in the Marathon Stakes Presented by TAA (G2).
Destin, the winner of that race, went off to stud like many others in that year’s World Championships, while Noble Nick ran six more times before retiring with a bowed tendon in June 2018.
Through the help of the California Retirement Management Account, the son of Zensational found a home off the track. He first went to a layup facility for rehab before making his way to Win Place Home, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited organization near Santa Clarita, Calif., to start a new life.
Photo: Zoe Metz