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Dawn Mellen

After the Finish Line President, Dawn Mellen and friend.


May 2009


Dear Friends,

Summer is coming and you know what that means...After the Finish Line's annual summer fundraiser! After the Finish Line is hosting "A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds" on Thursday, July 30 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Hilton - Del Mar. Our fundraiser will coincide with the Del Mar race meet. We are gathering our silent and live auction items and look forward to a great evening in support of the rescued Thoroughbred horses that can no longer race or breed. We have already received auction items from Connecticut, New York, Illinois, Las Vegas, Kentucky, Florida, Oklahoma and California.

If you, your friends or business acquaintances want to volunteer, be a sponsor or donate to our silent or live auctions please contact me at

We look forward to seeing our guests from last years fundraiser as well as the many new friends we've made in the past year. Please tell your friends and forward them this newsletter. If you cannot attend please consider making a donation. Our fundraiser documents, Save the Date, Invitation, Donor Letter and Donor Agreement, can be printed and distributed. Please RSVP by returning the Invitation. The Home page of our website also lists these documents.

What a difference a year makes. After the Finish Line is growing in prominence as evidenced by the donations and correspondence we are receiving from throughout the United States. As the economy continues to suffer we are receiving more funding requests from the rescue organizations to help their rescued Thoroughbreds. Both you and ATFL understand their potential fate and provide support when called upon. Your donation to save and support the Thoroughbreds is greatly appreciated. You can also make an additional donation to ATFL for any of the horses you read about in our newsletters.

ATFL donated emergency funds to Equine Rescue Resource in New York. They took ownership of Hunters Circle and her yearling colt Good Will Hunter who were removed from the farm of prominent New York breeder and owner Ernie Paragallo. Charges of animal cruelty are pending and Paragallo's New York racing credentials were revoked. "Will", neglected and malnourished, was taken to Cornell University's veterinary hospital for medical treatment and diagnosis of his injuries. The colt weighed 364 pounds, when ideally a yearling Thoroughbred colt should weigh about 600 pounds. His hind limb lameness is causing discomfort and is hindering the colt's mobility and appetite. At such a young age he has endured too much pain and still has a long road to recovery.

Good Will Hunter's dam, Hunters Circle, is recovering at a foster farm. She has been de-wormed, her lice has been treated and her sore skin is being soothed. She is gaining weight and should recover in 6 months time.

Besides monetary donations, ATFL provides in-kind donations to the rescue organizations. A generous donor's employer was dispersing computers to nominated non-profits. ATFL successfully obtained four computers for rescue organizations to continue their on-line rescue work. By initiating a painting session with retired stakes winner Turkoman, who won over $2 million, ATFL helped to reunite him with his prior connections who then provided monetary support for him. Turkoman's painting was sold on E-bay generating even more funds for his retirement. Also, working together with another rescue organization, AFTL connected a retired Thoroughbred with it's prior owner. We also distributed donated grooming supplies, blankets, halters, lead ropes and other horse tack to help the rescued Thoroughbreds. Thank you again for your support.


dawn mellen

Dawn Mellen, President
After the Finish Line