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May 2012

Dear After the Finish Line Supporters,

The horses in the Kentucky Derby have one chance at making history. Congratulations to I'll Have Another, winner of the 138th Kentucky Derby. The first leg of the Triple Crown proved, once again, that the Kentucky Derby is the greatest two minutes in sports.

Our next fundraiser is Sunday, May 27th at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. ATFL will be the charity partner for the $10,000 Memorial Day USHJA International Hunter Derby hosted by Langer Equestrian Group. Guests will dine in their box seats in the Equidome starting at 5:30 pm with the show starting at 6 pm. Your ticket price includes your box seat and dinner. Our silent auction starts at 2 pm. Enjoy the show while supporting the Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.  Contact for ticket information or to donate an auction item.

After the Finish Line invites you to our biggest fundraiser of the year. This is our 5th Annual Charity Fundraiser called, “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds.” Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 26th from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm in Del Mar, California. We will host a reception with entertainment, silent and live auctions and dinner.  Our guest speakers are Laffit Pincay, Jr., Hall of Fame Jockey and Laffit Pincay, III, NBC Sports and HRTV Host. This event raises the majority of our yearly funding. Please consider a donation if you cannot attend. For tickets, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities contact

“A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds” fundraiser documents include: Save the Date, Invitation, Donor Letter and Donor Agreement. To attend, please print and return the Invitation with your payment or use PayPal.

Join ATFL in making our fundraisers successful by donating to our silent and live auctions. We welcome racing and equestrian items, restaurant gift cards, jewelry, travel and lodging, wine, artwork, photography, sports and movie tickets and memorabilia. Spa and salon packages, rounds of golf and retail store gift cards are also welcome as well as in-kind items, gift cards or services. Contact if you want to sponsor or volunteer.

Congratulations to our 2012 grant recipients: Heavenly Horse Rescue, New Dawn Livestock Rescue, CANTER California, Brite Futures Farm, Friends of Ferdinand, Illinois Equine Humane Center, CANTER Ohio, CANTER Michigan, Harmony and Hope Horse Haven, GEVA, Neigh Savers Foundation, ReRun, United Pegasus Foundation, Tranquility Farm, After the Homestretch and TROTT. These organizations requested funds for monthly board, in-take exams, dental and farrier expenses, medication, supplements, hay and feed, x-rays, surgery, training expenses and transportation.

After the Finish Line is a year-round funding source for rescue organizations that save, rehabilitate and re-train off the track Thoroughbreds for second careers. Grants are awarded in May. We also award monthly emergency funds to rescue organizations the other 11 months of the year. Contact to learn more.
 Don’t forget about After the Finish Line’s baseball caps. Our quality, custom caps come in two colors, stone or black. Show your support for ATFL where ever you go.

After the Finish Line was created for Thoroughbreds that have no means of support after their racing careers are over. We have donors throughout the United States. As our donations grow, we can help more off the track Thoroughbreds.



dawn mellen

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