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Dear After the Finish Line Supporters,

As we enter the Holiday season, After the Finish Line is thankful for all the support we have received so far this year. Our efforts, and your support, have enabled us to raise much-needed funds to help the Thoroughbred ex-racehorses transition off the track. ATFL funds rescue organizations that save, rehabilitate and care for the horses until they are adopted for a second career. Please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation to help the horses.

After the Finish Line thanks The Rescue Train for inviting us to be part of the Race for the Rescues on October 23rd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Over 2,800 runners and walkers entered the race. The runners wore great t-shirts and the dogs wore their Halloween costumes. We met many wonderful equestrians who had off the track Thoroughbreds and ran to support the horses.

The Rescue for the Rescues made an additional donation to help one of our November emergency fund recipients. Order Me Diamonds was seized from her homeowner and placed with Horses of Tir Na Nog. Diamond raced in California, Arizona and New Mexico. She only earned $400 and finished last in most of her 11 races. She is 16 years old, underweight and 8 months pregnant. Diamond will receive funding for costs associated with her recovery and pregnancy. Her foal will also receive the necessary veterinarian services to ensure proper development.

Two additional organizations received November emergency funds. Florida TB Retirement and Adoptive Care (TRAC) has two 6 year old horses. Daniel Moon raced at Gulfstream and four other east coast tracks earning $70k. Galacia Forest earned $28k racing at Calder and Gulfstream. He was eased in his last race due to a bowed tendon in and bone chips. ATFL will provide funds for both horses to have surgery to remove the bone chips from their knees.

The Golden Carrot is also helping Our Fair Lad who raced at Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows. Laddie is 6 years old and earned $3k racing. Laddie incurred a possible pelvic injury and was given away. ATFL will pay for Laddie’s chiropractic care, two sets of shoes and hay to help this 17-hand horse gain back the weight he lost.

After the Finish Line thanks the Daily Racing Form for promoting After the Finish Line and the Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows at the Virginia Horse Center Nov. 18-20. Look for our ads on Sunday, Nov. 6th, Saturday, Nov. 12th and Sunday, Nov. 13th. Over 100 Thoroughbred ex-racers will compete in the Hunter and Jumper classes. The TCHS donates the proceeds of their silent auction to ATFL.

I want to share a feature story reported by Lucy Noland that aired on NBC 4 Los Angeles on Primetime LA. Weemissfrankie is a contender in the Breeders’ Cup Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies. She will race this Friday in Kentucky. It was fun to be part of this story.

After the Finish Line had 14 fundraisers and awareness events this year and we’re not done yet. Our upcoming Holiday fundraisers include ATFL caps, OTTB Designs, Cards by Marcy and Wire Players. The Gift of Life cards will be announced shortly.



dawn mellen

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