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JUNE 2011


Dear After the Finish Line Supporters,

After the Finish Line has 6 summer fundraisers. Our events will raise funds to help the Thoroughbred ex-racehorses transition off the track and excel in second careers. ATFL funds rescue organizations that save, rehabilitate and care for the horses until they are adopted. If you live out of state please consider making a fundraiser donation for the horses.

Our fundraisers are A Fiesta For The Horses at En Fuego Cantina & Grill in Del Mar, CA, Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows in Lexington, VA, Race to Fashion at Westfield UTC mall in San Diego, CA, A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds in Del Mar, CA, Del Sol Classic Horse Show in Del Mar, CA and PacificFest in Del Mar, CA. There’s something for everyone. Join the fun for this very worthy cause.

After the Finish Line thanks the Daily Racing Form for promoting the Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows with ads on June 4th and June 9th.

Join After the Finish Line on June 20th as we host “A Fiesta For The Horses” at En Fuego Cantina & Grill in Del Mar, CA. Our guest bartender from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm is Randy Jones, former All-Star and Cy Young award winning San Diego Padres pitcher. All month En Fuego will donate $1 to ATFL for each “Finish Line Margarita” sold. On June 20th, En Fuego will also donate 10% of all restaurant sales.

You are invited to our biggest fundraiser of the year, “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds” on Thursday, August 4th from 5:30 pm to 9:30: pm in Del Mar, CA. ATFL will host a reception with entertainment, silent and live auctions and dinner. You can help by donating in-kind items, gift cards or services for the auctions. Contact for ticket, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

Our fundraiser documents Save the Date, Invitation, Menu, Donor Letter and Donor Agreement are also on our website,

As a member of the media, please use our press releases to promote our fundraisers, “A Fiesta For The Horses” and “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds.”

The Hunter Derby dinner and silent auction fundraiser at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center over the Memorial Day weekend welcomed 140 equestrians. We thank Langer Equestrian for choosing After the Finish Line as the Thoroughbred charity for the event. The funds raised will help Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in California.

ATFL awarded June emergency funds to three rescue organizations. Tierra Madre Horse Rescue cares for nine off the track Thoroughbreds. ATFL provided funds to pay their farrier expense. Equine Encore Foundation has 65 resident off the track Thoroughbreds that raced in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Funding was awarded to pay for their yearly vaccinations.

Heavenly Horse Rescue requested funds for three older off track Thoroughbreds. Willow is in training for a second career and the other horses are retired due to racing injuries. HHR will receive funding for hay, dental, farrier, vaccinations and veterinarian expenses.

ATFL was created for Thoroughbred that are not financially supported after their racing careers are over. Thank you for your support.



dawn mellen

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