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MAY 2011


Dear After the Finish Line Supporters,

The horses in the Kentucky Derby have one shot at history. Congratulations to Animal Kingdom, winner of the 137th Kentucky Derby. This first leg of the Triple Crown proved, once again, that the Kentucky Derby is the greatest two minutes in sports.

This month After the Finish Line awarded emergency funds to United Pegasus Foundation for their hay expense. Hay prices have increased and it is very expensive to feed 62 off the track Thoroughbreds. UPF’s retired horses raced at the California racetracks and were ridden by many Hall of Fame jockeys. Their horses earned a combined total of over $9 million on the track.

After the Finish Line also awarded compassion funds to Old Friends Equine. ATFL contacted the rescue upon reading their plea to raise money to retain ownership of their property. Our funds will help the wonderful Thoroughbreds at Old Friends continue their retirement on the farm they’ve called home for many years.

So far this year, ATFL has awarded funding to 26 rescue organizations in 15 states. We strive to help as many horses as our money allows. We raise funds through private donations and fundraisers. Sponsors and volunteers are always welcome. Please consider a donation if you cannot attend our fundraisers.

We hope you can attend our fundraisers listed below. For more information contact

May 29

Join us for a VIP dinner and silent auction during the Hunter Derby competition at the Memorial Day Classic Horse Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA.

June 10-12 & November 18-20

ATFL is in partnership with the Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows in Lexington, VA to promote off the track Thoroughbreds as Hunters, Jumpers and Pleasure mounts.

August 17-18 & October 1-2

ATFL is teaming up with the Del Sol Classic Horse Shows in Del Mar, CA to offer a Hunter and Jumper Thoroughbred series.

June 20

EnFuego Cantina & Grill in Del Mar, CA has chosen ATFL as their June charity of the month. Join After the Finish Line as we host “A Fiesta for the Horses.”

August 4

After the Finish Line invites you to our 2011 Annual Charity Fundraiser, “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds” on Thursday, August 4th from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm in Del Mar, CA. We will host a reception with entertainment, silent and live auctions and dinner. Join ATFL in making our fundraiser a success by donating in-kind items, gift cards, or services for our auctions. Contact for sponsorship or volunteer opportunities.


Our fundraiser documents, Save the Date, Invitation, Menu, Donor Letter and Donor Agreement are also located on the home page of our website, Please consider making a monetary donation if you cannot attend.

October 23

Race for the Rescues is a fundraiser and adoption day for the homeless and abandoned animals of Los Angeles, CA. ATFL is the only horse rescue participating. Join us for a 5K run/walk, a 10K run/walk and a Kids Fun Run at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. You can participate and donate if you are not running or walking.

After the Finish Line was created for Thoroughbreds that have no means of support when their racing or breeding careers are over. Thank you for your donation to help the ex-racehorses.



dawn mellen

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