All eyes will be on California Chrome this weekend, chasing the Triple Crown. But what happens to these horses once their glory days are over? Believe it or not many of them are just dumped somewhere, or, if they're lucky, they end up at a rescue group in Phoenix.
"Some of them aren't winning and it costs a lot to keep these horses," said Dannielle Marturana, who started the non-profit 'After the Homestretch' three years ago.
Long after their limits have been pushed, the races have been run, and the crowds go home, these horses are still chomping at the bit to work.
"They're bred for heart and they're bred for athleticism and they're bred for intelligence," said Marturana. "We have taken in 38 so far and have adopted out 22."
They will take retired horses off their owners' hands, and sometimes even rescue them from dire situations.
"We found one horse found in the desert by the Phoenix International Raceway," Marturana said. "She was 450 pounds underweight."
Take Victory for Sea as another example. The 4-year-old suffered a knee injury in his last race.
"If we didn't take him they would have to put him down," Marturana said.
She works off donations and grants and puts in countless hours nursing them back to health. They may never go for another gold, but what Marturana gives them is worth more.
"It feels so good to be able to do something for her," Marturana said. "They have their whole lives ahead of them."
Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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