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MAY 2010

Dear Thoroughbred Friends,

After the Finish Line invites you to our 2010 Annual Charity Fundraiser, “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds” on Thursday, August 5th from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm in Del Mar, California. We will host a reception, silent and live auctions and dinner. You can help ATFL make our fundraiser a success by donating in-kind items, gift cards or services for our silent and live auctions. If you cannot attend please consider making a donation for the Thoroughbreds who can no longer race or breed.

Our fundraiser documents, Save the Date, Invitation, Donor Letter and Donor Agreement are also listed on the home page of our website,

Jack Van Berg, one of the most successful horse trainers in racing history, will be the auctioneer at our fundraiser. Van Berg became the first trainer to win 5,000 races on July 15, 1987 when he sent Art’s Chandelle to victory at Arlington Park. Through 2009, Van Berg ranks second in all time in victories with 6,394 and has purse earnings totaling $82,289,589. Van Berg’s best horse was Hall of Fame Alysheba, Horse of the Year in 1988. Under Van Berg, Alysheba won the 1987 Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the 1988 Breeders' Cup Classic.

ATFL’s monthly emergency funds were awarded for Eyes Left who raced as a 2 year old at Sunland Park and Ruidosa Downs in New Mexico. To save him from auction he was purchased privately, brought to Texas and became a Western riding horse. When his owners developed health issues so did Eyes Left. Triple MeMac rescue will receive $1,000 for exam, dental, farrier, x-ray, vaccination and rehab expenses so Eyes Left can transition into a second career.

Emergency funds were also awarded to Neigh Savers who rescued Materazzi, a 4 yo gelding, directly from Golden Gate Fields. He also raced at Santa Rosa Fair, Del Mar and the Big Fresno Fair. Running with bone chips left Materazzi with a grim prognosis unless he has surgery. After the Finish Line will award $1,000 toward his surgery expenses to give him the chance to be a western/english pleasure riding horse.

Here's a great read. "Randy Romero's Remarkable Ride," Eclipse-Award winning author Bill Heller's biography of the Cajun jockey who won more than 4,000 races and 25 riding titles despite enduring 25 major surgeries and a freak accident which nearly burned him alive, has been published by Pelican Publishing. Heller's 20 previous books include "After the Finish Line, the Race to End Horse Slaughter in America."

ATFL is excited to partner with Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows in Virginia to promote the talent of off the track Thoroughbreds as hunters and jumpers. Encourage your local horse shows to add classes for off the track Thoroughbreds.

Remember to put ATFL's fundraiser in your calendar on August 5th and join After the Finish Line's Facebook FAN page for more updates.



dawn mellen

Dawn Mellen, President/Founder
After the Finish Line
10153 Riverside Drive
Toluca Lake, CA 91602