Name: No Ma’am
Barn Name: Noam
Birth Year: 2011
Location: Paso Robles, CA
Career Highlights: Won his first race, a Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields
Total Earnings: $18,945.
Last Race: 1/1/2015
Dam: Sterling Cat (Event of the Year)
Other Pedigree Notables: Danzig, Seatle Slew, Storm Cat, Mr. Prospector, Alydar, Bold Reasoning, Secretariat
Description: “No Ma’am” is a handsome grey 2011 (4 year old) Thoroughbred gelding. He is by the top stallion Arch, sire of champion horse Blame, and out of Sterling Cat (Event of the Year). No Ma’am stands about 15.3 hands and has a lovely athletic build.
No Ma’am’s breeding and conformation brought a lot of interest as a two-year old when he was purchased at the Ocala Breeder’s Sale for $150,000. He won his first race, a maiden special weight event at Golden Gate Fields, and raced a total of 7 times on both the Northern and Southern California circuits.
No Ma’am was retired after his last race on 1/1/2015 when radiographs of a hind fetlock showed a slightly displaced, proximal avulsion fracture of the sesamoid. “Avulsion fracture” means that fracture was caused by the suspensory ligament pulling at the top of the sesamoid bone where the suspensory ligament attaches. Two practicing racetrack vets, Drs. Allison and Kuhlmann of San Francisco Equine, have reviewed his x-rays. Dr. Kuhlmann, a well-respected equine surgeon, feels that the injury is likely old and that it could have occurred in his 7/19/2014 race at Del Mar. He and Dr. Allison agree that there is little to no benefit to performing surgery on the injury. Both doctors also agree that the horse has a very good prognosis for returning to at least a moderately athletic career because the fracture is only slightly displaced. That career could include jumping, but it is difficult to give a precise prognosis until the horse’s rehab is complete.
No Ma’am has been sent to continue his rehab at Eclipse Equine Therapy and Training Center in Paso Robles. There he will get therapeutic modalities that include Aquaciser, Cold Water Spa, Theraplate, Eurociser, Massage and Hyberbaric Oxygen Chamber treatments. No Ma’am will be reevaluated August of 2015. At that time, a recheck will give a better idea of what kind of future career he will be suited for and whether or not it will include jumping. His radiographs are not expected to change over time so the recheck should be based mostly on an ultrasound of the soft tissue around the injury and a soundness evaluation.
With some time and patience, No Ma’am should make a lovely prospect for a very lucky person.
July 2015 Update: A big congratulations to Kim K. on her adoption of No Ma’am. She will continue with his rehab and slowly bring him back to work when he is cleared by his vet. Next recheck is in August. Eventually, No Ma’am will be trained to be a pleasure riding horse. Kim is a lifelong horsewoman and is thrilled to give a horse with more special needs a chance at a wonderful life. Thank you!